So, this ghost walks into a tearoom . . .

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre Tearoom Table

One of the reasons my husband and I moved back to England was because we missed going places and doing things. Not that there weren’t places to go and things to do in America ….. but we missed those oh-so-quintessentially-English places. Like antiques centres. Housed in 17th century buildings.  With ghosts.  And tearooms.

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England

One such antiques-centre-in-a-17th-century-building-with-a-ghost-and-a-tearoom is the Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Farnham, Surrey. It is our favourite spot for antiquing-and-tea. The building is a former mill (a little tributary still runs alongside).
According to the Bourne Mill Antiques Centre website, it was a drinking club in the 1960s, frequented by Mick Jagger!  The club eventually closed down and the antiques centre later took over. Whilst it’s true that in some of these places you can’t always get what you want, wild horses couldn’t drag me away from here because there is something for everyone.

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England

There are over 60 dealers displaying, and it has been described as an Aladdin’s Cave of Antiques. Indeed! It is a treasure trove. I love places like this, where you can rummage through baskets and dig deep behind lower shelves.

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England
Oh, the temptation.


Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England


Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England
Is it true that you can never have enough teacups?

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There are 4 floors to this building, with nooks and crannies everywhere.


Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England
More temptation.


Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England

You can walk around the entire building from the outside.  A building that is 400 some years old just can’t help but be enchanting, can it?  Oh look … a sign.  With the word TEA on it! Shall we?

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England

All the antiques centres we have been to in England have had tearooms on the premises; the one here at Bourne Mill Antiques Centre is our favourite. We like to arrive as soon as the tearoom opens (10.00), have breakfast (scrambled eggs on toast), then shop till we drop. Well, the truth of the matter is that he never lets me we don’t always buy anything, but even so – sigh – one does work up an appetite so after we’ve had a good look around, it’s time for tea and cake.

Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, Farnham, England
Did someone say cake?

I hope you have enjoyed poking around the Bourne Mill Antiques Centre with me. Later this evening I am going to upload the rest of my pictures on the Tea in England Facebook page and you will have a chance to see all the other rooms and goodies.
What’s that? Oh, right, the ghost!   Here she is.

by on 08/15/2012


  1. Fabulous post. I would love visiting Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, and, of course, having tea and treats in the Mill Tea Room.

    1. Hi Phyllis, Thank you for your kind words. Ohhhh yes, you would love it for sure! Couldn’t you just see all of us from ATAA descending upon Bourne Mill? ha!

  2. One could spend a whole day in there and not see everything! Love the room full of teacups and saucers and teapots! And how very wonderful to take a break for tea and cake right there on the premises so that you can get right back to browsing (or “mooching about” as my little English friend says!!) LOVE!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Karen, That’s the nice thing about a place like this – you see something new and different every time you go. It certainly helps to have sustenance after a shopping session. LOL I’m glad you liked the post.

  3. Lovely post! I am lucky enough to live a five minute stroll from Bourne Mill, it’s a wonderful antique Centre…..and I do love stopping off for a cup of tea and cake!

    1. Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Oooo, you are lucky to be so close to Bourne Mill! I always leave there thinking that I should have bought this or I should have bought that. lol Actually, now that I think about it, it’s been quite some time since we’ve visited. Hmmmm, I need to plan a road trip with Mr. Tea! x

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