Monday, April 11, 2011

Babington's Tea Rooms High Tea- Rome, Italy

Babington's Tea Rooms
 Piazza di Spagna, 23-0018 -Rome (Spanish Steps)
P: +39 06 6786027

Babington's was featured in the classic movie Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn.
I won't lie, I am only 20 years old and have not seen Roman Holiday and don't know who Audrey Hepburn is.
My girlfriend is a big Audrey Hepburn fan and apparently in her movie Roman Holiday she goes for high tea at Babington' know what that means? We were going for high tea at Babington's.

How did we find ourselves in Rome I don't really know, I kind of just woke up one day in June and we were there, pretty cool huh.
My girlfriend was really keen on going here, I guess it meant more to her as I just saw it as a place for food. At this time I wasn't writing a blog or anything so I wasn't super focused on taking pictures of food, I did however snap a couple of our meal.

We decided that since we were here we might as well go big and go for the high tea, it was 31 euros per person, not sure how much that is in Canadian $$'s (oh well, when in Rome right? Very lame).

My girlfriend couldn't resist the opportunity to be photographed so I humoured here and I took a couple pictures of her looking at the menu longingly. If you look at the paper in her hand in the second picture you can see that it has a picture from Roman Holiday on it.
This was my first time going for high tea and to be honest I would have rather just gotten a lemonade or was so hot out that day.
For being over a century old this place was in good shape, yes I am aware that work can be done in 100 years.

Here is a little shot of the interior, there was another area but this was where we were sitting. The High Tea cam with the following:  Small assorted sandwiches, hot buttered crumpets with strawberry jam or Canadian maple syrup, assorted home-made cakes and pastries, and Babington's Special Blend of tea.  
The food wasn't served on a tiered platter or anything they just served the items individually, first came the sandwiches. If I recall correctly there was the basic cucumber sandwich, a smoked salmon sandwich, and I am thinking an egg salad sandwich. These were all very good, I love bite sized sandwiches..too bad there wasn't twice as many.

Here dear readers you can see the author of this blog awkwardly trying to drink tea. In the bottom corner you can make out some of the home made cakes and pastries. I have mentioned before that I am not very big on sweets, I am a little bit of a health nut when it comes to sugary treats so I wasn't too keen on eating them. Since I don't like sweets I don't feel I can give a good opinion on how they were.
I would alternate different ways of drinking my tea. I would first have it without any sugar or cream and add a lemon to it, then the next glass put the cream and sugar in. I liked it better with just the lemon, more refreshing imo.

Lastly we had the crumpets. At this point for me I was on a sugar overload and could not eat them. I hate wasting food but I have always been a savory kind of guy.
I liked knowing that we were eating at a place that had a lot of history behind it. I am not a tea drinker (beer please) but my girlfriend really enjoyed herself and sometimes I can show a little emotion and be happy that she really enjoyed herself.
I don't know how many of you will be in Rome in the next little while but if you are into tea definitely check out Babington's, they serve other food here and you don't have to just get high tea. Be prepared to spend some $$ though.

Some parting words, we managed to have high tea, go to the CColosseum, go into the Vatican, and make wishes at the Trevi Fountain in under 3.5 hours, busy busy day learn to use the metro system and you will greatly benefit!


  1. wow what school are you from? I have a bunch of friends abroad in europa right now!

  2. Hey pinoykcin, I live in Vancouver and go to Douglas College. I was in Europe last summer for a while so this wasn't exactly a recent event aha



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