Monday, 11 August 2014

Sandhurst: Sandhurst Tearooms

It was on a lovely sunny Saturday that we decided to venture to an establishment we had heard very good things about, Sandhurst Tearooms. Situated in Kent but right near the boarder to East Sussex, it's quite close to Bodium but a lot less touristy due there not being much here.

Arriving around 3 pm and parking on the road as the car park was full, we sauntered to the front door of this Grade II listed 1700's white weathered boarded house expecting it to be full up with hungry folk. As we entered we were given a warm welcome by a chap tending to a table near the window, who told us to sit were we liked.

Formally the village butchers shop, the front room of the tearooms is laid out with large tables set with bright red place mats and mis matched bone china cups. Soft cream leather upholstered chairs line the tables with a side board along the back wall displaying the cakes of the day under glass domes. It's quaint no way as cluttered as Miss Mollet's Tea Rooms and almost feels like you are in a private house having tea.

Not as busy as we thought, we headed into the next room which felt a bit cosier with three tables along with comfy chairs in this small space. We took a table for two and admired the surroundings whilst a friendly lady came out with some plastic folder menus. Having not eaten all day, I was up for a feast. Contemplating the really great menu selection of sandwiches, paninis, cakes and scones I decided on An Afternoon Tea for £12.50 whilst he went for egg mayo sandwiches.

Whilst we waited for our order to arrive, we had a good peek around. It's obvious the building is extremely old with beamed ceilings and walls and a random crooked window in the cosy room. Behind us was a wall displaying an array of vintage items for sale, some great looking gilded bone china tea sets that I struggled not to buy!

Back out in the front room was a table set up with a tempting selection of vintage sweets for sale along with some greeting cards. The whole feel of this tearooms is lovely and calming with an unhurried pace. The garden offers more seating in a tranquil setting and is accessed through a door from the cosy room. The loo is also just outside which is handy, not like at Tiny Tim's Tearoom where you have to ascend  stairs to the roof to use the loo. 

The wait for our food was rather long but not being in a hurry we didn't mind. We could hear the eggs being cracked for our egg mayo which was reassuring that everything is freshly made in the kitchen. When the friendly lady bought it all through we were extremely impressed. Presented on a 3 tier cake stand, we started with the still warm stuffed full egg mayo sandwiches on brown bread. I can still taste them now, they were super. Washed down with Assam tea for me and Earl Grey for him, there wasn't much talking going on. Whilst he then munched his way through a bowl of salted crisps, I had the huge ginger scone smothered with raspberry jam and topped with heaps of clotted cream. It was a taste sensation with pieces of zingy ginger. I will never be able to eat a plain scone again, I'm hooked! Feeling fairly full by now Ollie polished off the Lemon Drizzle which was equally as delicious as my scone. Feeling full up we paid the bill, left a tip and headed off.

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
The food here is honestly fantastic, great quality, well presented and reasonably priced. Along with the friendly owners, a clean and uncluttered layout and plenty of seating options this has gone straight in as our favourite tearooms ever. We had such a lovely time here and we will certainly be back. 

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday
6 Queen Street
TN18 5HY

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