1951Natal Mercury 5 Apr. 2A beautifully fitted up Tearoom and General Dealer on main road.
1959G. & W. Gordontr. ofF.A. Venter’s Dark Pilgrim 134The police have often visited him here, but on the surface there is nothing wrong with a ‘tea room’.
1963M.G. McCoyInformant, Port ElizabethIt’s a nice place for a short visit, they’ve got ablution blocks now, and lots of taps and bins and braai places.., plus a tearoom for odd stores.
1972Beeton & Dorner inEng. Usage in Sn Afr.Vol.3No.1, 32Tearoom in G[reat] B[ritain] is a room where tea is served, whereas in S. Afr. it can be the section set aside for serving light refreshments in a café or Greek shop wh[ich] also sells groceries, confectionery, etc.
1972Evening Post 10 June 9The railway station was at the end of the main street with a restaurant-cum-tea room next door.
1976Personality 22 Feb. (TV & Radio) 6I told the girl in our local tearoom I wanted 40 cigarettes of a brand I named.
1977Daily Dispatch 19 Nov. 8When I was a girl of 17, the crowd in the office were doing their nuts about a fortune teller who was operating from a tearoom nearby. (Shows how long ago it was, who’s ever heard of a tearoom in this generation?)
1987E. Prov. Herald 3 Jan. 1They started chanting ANC songs before ransacking a tea-room.
1990R. GoolCape Town Coolie 30He entered the tea-room, really an old-fashioned winkel.
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