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. 

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