Friday, 19 December 2014

Wye: Biscuits Tearoom

A recent trip out spurred on by having my brother staying for the weekend found us venturing towards Wye in the Stour Valley for a spot of lunch at Biscuits Tearoom. Located at Perry Court Farm just off the A28, the farm itself is well known for its great farm shop selling a variety of homegrown produce as well as meats, fish and cheese.

Rows of Christmas trees greeted us as we swung into the car park and came to a halt in front of the farm shop. Although having been here before to use the farm shop and for the annual Apple Fayre in October, I have never ventured into the fairly newly refurbished tearooms. From the outside it looks very inviting, similar to the feel of The Gardeners Cafe at Marks Cross being in a wooden shed. If the weather had been warmer there is plenty of seating outside, making this tearooms a great spot for all seasons.

Upon stepping through the door we were greeted by the friendly lass in the kitchen along with nose tingling wafts of enticing baking aromas. After debating over which of the delicious delights we would try out - scones, mince pie tart, biscuits, flapjack and more, we placed our order and took a pew on the seats at the window.  

Our large pot of tea arrived quickly along with chunky white cups and saucers and a nice big jug of milk. We chatted whilst watching all the comings and goings out of the window on this family run farm. A couple of donkey foals were having a wander around much to our amusement whilst people deliberated over which Christmas tree to buy. Although similar to the set up at the Macknades Cafe with its farm shop and cafe at the back, Perry Court and Biscuits Tearoom feels a lot more rustic and intimate. 

Although there were only two other customers when we arrived, the atmosphere was still cheerful and buoyant with music in the background and the sound of the bustling kitchen in action. Matching tables and chairs with squishy seat pad cushions give the tearooms a homely cosy feel. 

Our nibbles arrived shortly after the tea, all served on wooden chopping boards rather like at the No. 12 Tearooms in Canterbury. He had a chunky cheese sandwich which came with salted crisps whilst we both had a slice of the delicious looking coffee and walnut cake. 

The cake was very good, moist and tasty with just the right amount of icing with great portion sizes. The sandwich was reported to be great too with nice fresh bread. The food menu has a good variety of light lunch choices such as a soup of the day, ploughmans, afternoon tea and an array of sandwich fillings all at reasonable prices. 

The Verdict?
Having been very disappointed by the Bay Laurel Brasserie that resides in the lovely little village of Wye, we had everything crossed that this tearooms on a family run farm just out of Wye would maybe make up for the lack of good tearooms in this area and it does. Really good tasty food made with local ingredients where possible makes this a great spot to call in for a light bite and cuppa. Although the interior and food is not as cool and trendy as at our favourite cafe Loaf in Sandgate, Biscuit's is now on our radar for when passing through this area. 

Friday, 5 December 2014

Wells: The Little Cafe

A brief visit down West had us calling into the beautiful but tiny city of Wells in Somerset. After a wander around the Cathedral and the walls of the Bishops Palace, we headed down the highstreet to find somewhere for a bite to eat and drink. 

Seeing quite a few places that caught our eye, we plumped for this friendly looking place along Union Street called The Little Cafe. Painted in a gorgeous dark mauve and looking clean and fresh, we wandered in to take a peek at the menu.

Upon entering we were welcomed by the young lass at the counter. The menu choice was good, with sandwiches, paninis and plenty of homemade cake options. Order placed and seeing as it was a lovely day, we headed back outside and took up residence at one of the wooden chairs and tables.

Drinks arrived promptly, a Luscombe ginger beer for moi and an earl gray tea for him. My Ginger Beer was very fiery but refreshing, whilst the tea was a good too. 

We sat and people watched whilst waiting for our nibbles to arrive. It's a great spot to come to if you don't want to be on the busy high street with cars rushing past.

The overall atmosphere was friendly but quiet, with the tables cleared quickly. It's obviously a favorite with locals stopping in for a mid monring coffee and natter and the fact the everything is made to order and the baked goods are homemade makes it a cut above the average high street chain.

Goodies having arrived, my Spelt courgette and walnut cake was AMAZING! Moist, tasty and a great combination of flavour - almost as good as the courgette, lemon and lime cake we had at Macknade Cafe. It didn't last long!

His cheese and ham panini was also very good, served with a green salad and mountain of homemade coleslaw. I did get food envy and wished I'd gone for both a panini and cake but oh well!

The Verdict?
A great little spot for a pit stop when in Wells. Friendly staff, great tasting food and good value.