Old Tea House
If you're looking for a welcoming, friendly teashop that serves homemade scones, teacakes and a cup of Earl Grey or Darjeeling, look no further, says Pei. 'Set inside an ancient abbot house, try and secure the front bay-window seats. Thomas Hardy used to meet his chums Robert Louis Stevenson and George Bernard Shaw there, so you can enjoy your afternoon tea while imagining the passionate literary debates that once took place there.'
Where 44 High West Street, Dorchester (01305 263719)