A Cup of Rosy Lee in Icod de Los Vinos

Fri, June 8th, 2012 - By Andrea Montgomery

Stroll the streets of Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas, Los Gigantes or Costa Del Silencio and you won’t be surprised to find any number of restaurants offering the good old British breakfast, café’s offering fish and chips and bars serving pies and pints.

Rosy Lee tea shop cafe in Icod de los Vinos

When it comes to ensuring that the millions of Brits who annually holiday in Tenerife don’t go without their home comforts, the resorts of the south and south west have a plentiful supply on hand. Even the more Canarian resort of Puerto de la Cruz isn’t without its typical British fare of toasties and pies in the handful of Brit bars to be found around the town.

But find yourself alongside the Millennium Drago Tree, the Malvasía Museum and the butterfly farm of Icod de Los Vinos and the last thing you expect to see is a tea shop that looks like it would be more at home in the Cotswolds and with the distinctly Cockney title of Rosy Lee.

Rosy Lee tea shop cafe in Icod de los Vinos

And yet there it is, right opposite the Ayuntamiento, with its dainty iced buns, its pretty teapots and its sunny outside tables and chairs tempting shoppers to take the weight off and enjoy a proper cup of English tea – Twinings no less. To complete the close encounters of the unexpected experience, order your pot of tea in English and the owner, Natalie, will answer you in an accent that has you asking her if she was born within the sound of Bow Bells. But no, Natalie is Canario born and bred, she just happens to have spent 10 years in England working, and evidently learning how to make a ‘proper’ pot of tea.

Rosy Lee tea shop cafe in Icod de los Vinos

Beset on all sides by traditional Canarian restaurants, Rosy Lee’s Laura Ashley wallpaper, antique tea pots, china cups, home made cream buns, marzipan mice and pretty, pastel coloured fairy cakes are distinctly incongruous, in an eccentric, English sort of way. And the locals certainly seem to enjoy their little slice of Britain on the high street judging by the constant stream of tea drinkers who occupy the cosy inside tea room and the outside tables.

Rosy Lee tea shop cafe in Icod de los Vinos

So if you’re heading to Icod de Los Vinos to enjoy its cultural delights, don’t just visit the Drago tree and then get back on the bus, pop into Rosy Lee for a nice cuppa tea and say hi to Natalie, from me  – oooh, that all rhymed 🙂

Posted : Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 11:45 am
Category : food and drink
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2 Responses to “A Cup of Rosy Lee in Icod de Los Vinos”

  1. Natalie says:

    Thank you for such a good article and the publicity of Rosy Lee and Icod,love the pictures and I must say the description is very exact,you must be ingleise!!!!!!Next time you both in Icod I will be delighted to put the kettle on.
    Regards Natalie.

  2. Andy says:

    Hi Natalie
    I love your little tea shop and wish you every success. We’ll be sure to head to Icod for a cuppa Rosy Lee soon 🙂

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