It has been a rainy old week down south so there was nothing for it than to drink tea and eat cake! I spent this drizzly past week in the homelands of Surrey while Mr Tea Room was cycling from our hometown in Cheshire, all the way to London. He was burning calories whilst I was eating them, thus I called this post ‘Cake Week’!
In between work and rain I ventured out for tea/coffee and cake to a couple of little tea rooms. The first being The Little Barn Cafe in the picturesque village of Elstead where I grew up. The Barn Cafe opened in January of this year and is based in one of the oldest buildings in Elstead. It is a perfect addition to the village. Here Ma, Pa and I were on a sugar high after sampling the pistachio, pomegranate and honey cake and the yummy coconut and chocolate ‘Bounty’ cake. All washed down with a good strong brew!
When the rain eventually let up I pottered down to Gostrey Meadows in Farnham with all the family just in time for coffee and pastries from the Vintage Cake House Pop Up Tea Room, or rather the Tea Van. This super cute little van named Claude, with bunting and flowers as standard, serves up an array of teas and coffees and lots of tasty homemade baked goods, all with a large helping of vintage loveliness! Claude pops up far and wide and is available for private hire so I was lucky to catch him during my visit. I hope to see him again soon, serving up hot chocolate and mulled wine when summer leaves us (or has it already?) and winter sets in!
Cake week was topped off by a little baking (of course!). The result being a lovingly made Lemon and Rosemary breakfast loaf cake, (details to follow in my next post!) So easy and delicious.
My final visit of the week, once back ‘up north’ was to Dollys Tearoom in Darwen. The ladies and I had a spot of lunch here which was so hearty that we didn’t get to scoff the delicious looking cakes on offer. Having seen the popularity of the afternoon tea however, I will definitely be back to sample more of Dollys delights!