A tearoom or tea shop is a small restaurant where beverages and light meals are served, having a sedate or subdued atmosphere. The term may also refer to a room dedicated to the serving of tea in a private house.
A customer may eat a cream tea (also known as Devonshire tea), consisting of a scone with jam and clotted cream, or a full afternoon teaof sandwiches, scones, and cake. Alternatively a high tea may be served, of hot savoury food as the final meal of the day. In Scotland teas are usually served with a variety of scones, pancakes, crumpets and other cakes.
In a related usage, a tearoom may be a room set aside in a workplace for workers to relax and specifically to take refreshment during work-breaks. Traditionally, a staff member serving food and beverages at work was called a tea lady.