Friday, 9 May 2014

Rye: The Cobbles Tearoom

An afternoon spent in Rye cannot be complete until you have taken Afternoon Tea at the Cobbles Tea Room. Tucked up a narrow cobbled alley called Hylands Yard just off The Mint, this picturesque traditional tea rooms is pure English quaintness. With ornate white chairs and tables draped in linen cloths outside, we went in.

Luckily the afternoon rush had died down and we settled ourselves around an antique wooden table in the corner. Although fairly busy the friendly girl welcomed us whilst handing around menus leaving us to ponder the great selection of food and drinks.

The interior is very quaint, simple and old fashioned but avoids being grannyish. It's what I would imagine it would feel like stepping back into the 1940's. It's very authentic and has an easy atmosphere. Being a traditional tea rooms there is no comfy seating like in The Apothecary but this gives it a more formal feel and a sense of occasion.

Having had a delicious lunch at The Apothecary, myself and Tester 1 went for a traditional afternoon tea whilst Ollie went for a slice of Lemon Drizzle with a pot of coffee. All the cakes available are displayed on this stand, along with a blackboard of daily specials. Amongst homemade delights such as roast red pepper soup they sell produce from Rye Deli, a super duper foodies heaven on which a review is coming soon. All cakes were homemade with choices of carrot cake, coffee and walnut or lemon drizzle.

All the furniture matches with its dark wood - tables and chairs, cake display stand and a lovely huge dresser. The blue and white crockery used is stored on it adding a homely touch.

The lemon drizzle cake was, in Ollies words 'a solid quality piece of cake, not quite as good as my mums' with his Columbian coffee being 'nothing to write home about but acceptable' but then again it is a tea rooms and not really a place for coffee.

Our scones were very good, proper homemade and served warm with jam and a generous helping of clotted cream. This is definitely the place to come for an authentic and traditional good quality cream tea.

The House Tea, Pride of Kenya loose leaf, made a very substantial brew and just what we needed after a busy afternoon. The teapot held at least 8 cups worth which I shared with Tester 1 and was good value.

The Verdict?
Twee and quaint, this is a pure slice of old England. A truly great tea rooms if you like the old fashioned style. Great for afternoon tea, not one for the pure coffee lovers. Speedy service, not over priced and friendly welcoming staff. If you come to Rye then afternoon tea here is a must. Tea dress and victory rolls optional!

1 Hylands Yard (off The Mint)
TN31 7EP

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