Friday, 21 March 2014

Tenterden: Peggotys Tea Shoppe

The affluent town of Tenterden with its wide, tree-lined High Street is one of our favourite spots in Kent for a relaxing afternoon out. The bustling town centre is home to many small boutiques and antique shops, as well as craft shops, charity shops, book shops and many cafes and tearooms most of which are independent. There are a handful of chain stores but all shop fronts are in keeping with the overall quaintness of this town. It was on another lovely sunny day that we came here for an afternoon of mooching around the vintage antique shops. After an enjoyable few hours we needed to stop for tea and narrowed our choice of tearooms down to Peggotys.

Even though the sun was shining, we decided to sit inside so we could have a good look around as we hadn't been here before. Now don't be put off by the seemingly dark tiny interior from first impressions, once you step through the door it's clear this tearooms knows what it's doing. The tables are positioned in a way that you don't have to squeeze past anyone and the walls lined with large bright paintings of 1920's styled ladies. Various hats adorn hooks on the walls and lovely old music plays in the background. 

After seating ourselves in the window, we made our choices from the menu and sat back to await our refreshments. There was a steady flow of customers of all ages and nationalities and we enjoyed people watching out of the window as afternoon shoppers wandered by. Our cream tea arrived after a short wait, the homemade scones still warm from the oven. Piling on the jam and cream we tucked in, washing them down with some Pluckley lemon and ginger loose leaf and some Pluckley Afternoon tea.

The scones were delicious, freshly homemade and freckled with fruit. A good hour or so could be spent sat chatting, eating and drinking. The staff were friendly and moved about clearing tables and taking orders seamlessly. Although no vintage crockery like at Miss Mollet's High Class Tearooms, Peggotty's is a lovely spot to come for a proper afternoon tea if in Tenterden. The tea was good but that can be expected from Pluckley tea, a local tea and coffee trading company in the village of Pluckley.

As well as fruit scones, the packed menu is full of other tasty looking options. An array of cakes on display such as coffee and walnut, lemon drizzle and chocolate need to be tested another time. The overall feel is very quaint old English tearooms. Everything is neat, tidy and clean with solid old fashioned tables and matching chairs making this tea shoppe full of character. There is a loo out in the garden and walking to it you can see into the busy kitchen at the back, always interesting to have a sneak peek behind the scenes.

The Verdict?
A very peaceful and homely tearooms which serves a good afternoon tea at a reasonable price. It doesn't feel like it's trying to be trendy by being old fashioned, it is just old fashioned in a delightful way. During our visit it got very busy but the staff all remained calm and went about clearing tables very discretely. The quality of the food was top notch, the teapots held more tea than we could drink and the interesting interior made for a very enjoyable hour or so. 

122 High Street
TN30 6HT

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