Tearoom of the Week (4)

This week’s choice is one of those excellent farm shop-tearoom combinations, where locally grown produce and locally baked cakes stroll hand in hand along leafy country lanes (if I was a gifted cartoonist I would insert a little doodle of a carrot ambling along a grassy path with a sponge cake, but maybe you can imagine such an image).

It is located in a very beautiful area of rolling farmland, with a duck pond across the road from the tearoom (the first two photos were taken last summer, hence the leaves on the trees):

There’s a loch nearby which has a road going all the way round it and it’s a lovely peaceful place for an easy stroll:

The tearoom sits in a courtyard not far from the loch. The courtyard also contains a shop full of handcrafted items, some antiques, books and clothing, and a separate farm shop selling locally grown produce, preserves, etc. I really can’t account for this, but rather than take photos of the buildings to give an idea of the layout, all I have of the outside area is two tractors:

This one appears to have been made out of an oil drum and some leftovers:

The tearoom has been done up several times since I first started visiting it, and it’s more popular than ever these days. One of the reasons for that could be the size of the cake slices (although I must admit the entire menu is exellent, with several delicious hot meals available). Given the lack of scale, it’s hard to see how big this is, but the cake itself was a large one, cut into only eight pieces, making each slice a very substantial portion. This was a carrot cake:

Seeing how big the slices were, my beautiful assistant and I decided to share a piece and plumped, not unsually, for the coffee cake. We had both secretly wanted to go for the Victoria sponge, but each thinking that the other was more keen on the coffee cake, we remained silent in a very British manner, and ended up with our second choices. This was the Victoria sponge we were both secretly longing for:

The coffee cake that won the day:

It was served, as shown, on a very pretty tea plate, and turned out to be quite superb! I’m sure the Victoria sponge would have been equally good, but there were no complaints about the coffee cake, that’s for sure.

My other delightful assistant (my dad) had also joined us for this excursion, in order to take a little refreshment and get some exercise in the peaceful countryside nearby. He had a lemon slice:

The tearoom sells a few gifty things and also has a fine selection of tea packets for sale near the counter:

As I was leaving the tearoom, I managed to sneak a quick shot from the doorway while no-one was looking:

After our tea and cakes we took a leisurely stroll around the loch, passing a village school (I call it that becuase it’s so rural, but in fact there’s no village in sight, it’s just in the middle of nowhere, next to the farm and tearoom). The school catchment area must be fairly wide, because the community is quite spread out in this neck of the woods. It includes the area known as Glenisla, beautifully declared in mosaic form on a wall next to the school:


29 thoughts on “Tearoom of the Week (4)

    • After writing that post this morning I was hoping for a Victoria sponge today but alas, I didn’t find one. I will be back to that tearoom in the hope that they have the sponge on again though.

  1. That looks like a superb place, both the tearoom and the walks and countryside. I love the mural too.

    I also had such a laugh at your “Drop the Scone” post!

    • Thank you Julia, I looked out a Victoria sponge recipe myself last night. One of the great things about walking is that even a short walk is better than no walk at all. I also think it’s particularly good for the eyesight if you spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, because you can focus at different distances and relax your eye muscles.

  2. Another very lovely tea room! I love the tractors and the mosaic is very nice as well. I would love to try some of that cake.

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking it so I could discover this one! I love tea! One of my dreams is to visit Scotland (my mother’s ancestral origin) and drink tea in one of the lovely, lovely tearooms on yur blog. I think your book is going to be brilliant. When I return from my hiking trip, I plan to put my name on the list to purchase it.
    I’ll be taking tea on my journey. Do you have any suggestions? I enjoy Earl Grey or English Breakfast tea in the morning and like something different in the afternoon. At night (but usually not after 7) I like chamomile with a little honey. I hope we can talk tea a bit before I leave.
    I love your writing style and am looking forward to your book!

    • Many thanks for all your kind comments, and I would be delighted to have you on my list for the book, thank you!

      Whereabouts are you going hiking? And for how long?

      Do you ever drink Afternoon Tea in the afternoon? I know it sounds a bit obvious, but the thing about it is it’s a big lighter than English Breakfast and somehow that suits the afternoons. Personally, I try not to drink caffeine beyond early afternoon so I quite often have decaf tea or Rooibos, which has no caffeine at all. I’m also quite partial to Japanese roasted twig tea, which is taken black and has a nice smoky flavour to it; it’s also very low in caffeine. Chamomile is a good idea in the evenings, for the same reason as Rooibos and the twig tea. Since you like Earl Grey, have you tried Lady Grey at all? It has a similar floral sort of flavour but as well as the oil of bergamot you get in Earl Grey, it has a fresh citrusy flavour, provided by orange and lemon peel.

      • I’m back from my hiking trip-my last post describes the reasons I’m back.
        I have started following your blog because I DO love tea, and you have given me some wonderful suggestions. I try to stay away from caffeine after lunch but I still enjoy tea! Yes, Chamomile is a favorite and I’d considered Lady Grey so that will be added to my tea cabinet.
        Again, thank you for your kind coments and I look forward to more tea suggestions. A lovely cup of tea is something I enjoy during art and writing breaks so your tearoom travels are truly a delight. One day, when I get to that part of the world, I’d love to visit some of the ones you review.

        • Thank you very much Katie, I think tea helps creativity. I certainly find that it helps me to be creative. I read your post and felt a mixture of sorry and pleased, sorry because you had difficulties but pleased because you knew when to call it a day. I hope you do get to this part of the world some time and can enjoy some lovely tearooms.

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