The Spiced Pear

This past weekend my old muckers and I got together for a festive afternoon at The Spiced Pear in Hepworth.  This is a lovely  1940’s inspired tearoom and restaurant tucked away in the West Yorkshire hills.  An independent family business, The Spiced Pear prides itself on using local produce from regional producers.  The tearoom serves up delicious lunches and brunches and a generously delicious looking afternoon tea.  There is even a gentleman’s version that includes Yorkshire pudding and pork pie.

In giddy festive Christmas jumper attire, and arriving early, we took up a pew first in the cocktail bar area, complete with suited and booted pianist setting the mood on the baby grand.  Once all jumpers were present and accounted for we moved into the busy tearoom, with open fire, Christmas decorations and friendly staff.

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Between us we managed to order breakfast, lunch, a few cream tea’s, the full blown afternoon tea, and a piece of chocolate cake for good measure!  The breakfast was delicately creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on granary bread (my Christmas day breakfast tradition).  Lunch was flavoursome homemade soup and sandwiches.  The cream tea didn’t disappoint with a fruity pitted freshly made scone, Yorkshire clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam.  The piece de resistance, and most popular choice amongst the other tearoom visitors, obviously was the afternoon tea.  Stacked high with mouthfuls of sweet delights including a good old Victoria sponge and those fruity scones, and plenty of savoury snacks.  Food envy.

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There is a good selection of loose leaf teas as well as the traditional Yorkshire tea, that come in huge vintage teapots so you won’t run short of a brew.  Obviously there was a pop of fizz to, in celebration of the festivities.  It would be rude not to!

This really was a little gem of a place.  A decadent treat but relaxed enough that you don’t feel out of place, red faced, in your prized Rudolph knit, complete with pom-pom nose, piling on the clotted cream, while you cackle away the afternoon with your old faithfuls.

Ooh what a lovely pear!

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