Friday, 9 May 2014

Dover: Dover Transport Museum Tramstop Tearooms

Following our afternoon jaunt to The Dover Transport Museum we felt we had to do a review of their unique styled cafe. Called The Tramstop Tearoom, it is located at the back of the first exhibition hall and feels very much like being in a transport cafe, as intended.

Completely set up and run by volunteers, the retro tables with blue plastic chairs fill the large industrial area which used to be an army gymnasium. 

Along one wall is a work in progress model tram display. At the back is a large TV screen with collections either side of various toy vehicles and the other side looks out over the exhibition hall full of vintage vehicles and shop fronts. 

Snacks and cakes are displayed on the serving counter, with bacon rolls and other snacks available from the kitchen through the back. Everything is fantastic value with a good selection of snacks. 

All the cakes are homemade by the wives of the gentlemen volunteers, and what a great selection there was - fruit cake, lemon drizzle, coffee and walnut, double chocolate and orange sponge. 

Ordering and paying at the counter we took our tea and cake over to one of the tables to enjoy. The tea was very good and the Double Chocolate cake was delicious. Properly homemade, the slices were huge but we polished them of nevertheless! This all cost £5, a proper bargain for the quality and quantity.

The Verdict?
A very unique place, we loved it. You cannot just come to the cafe however, a ticket for the whole museum has to be purchased but it's such a great place to spend an hour or so wandering around the vintage vehicles for a fiver which lasts all year. A great place for all ages, follow the brown tourist signs to find the museum.

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