Drop The Scone

In Scotland we sometimes refer to the small pancake as a ‘drop scone’ or ‘dropped scone’, presumably because the method of making one involves dropping a blob of batter into a frying pan. When I was growing up I remember thinking myself quite the linguist for knowing that wee pancakes and dropped scones were one and the same thing.

According to the Traditional Scottish Recipes website, such items are also known as  “Scots Pancakes, Scotch Pancakes, and Scottish Pancakes”, which suggests to me that this is a peculiarly Scottish business. Helpfully, the same website adds that A similar recipe in Wales is known as pikeletts.”

Here’s a picture of dropped scones that I swiped from the website:

I mention all this to set the scene for what’s coming next. I was in a delightful little tearoom in Dundee this morning when I noticed a bag hanging from a branch suspended from the ceiling. The bag conveyed a message that appealed to me greatly:

The wording reads: ‘Drop scones not bombs’, the ‘o’ in scones bearing a remarkable resemblance to one of the wee pancakes from the first picture.

There was no shortage of interesting things to look at in this tearoom, particularly on a couple of the walls. One wall had a row of coathooks with coats and bags painted onto the wall beneath them:

While most of another wall was occupied by a large map of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg:

My delightful assistant and I settled into in two comfortable easy chairs in order to peruse the menu, and felt very pleased with ourselves for landing the only seats with cushions covered in the unusual fabric below. The red bits were made of a sort of felt-like material (quite possibly, felt):

I opted for a pot of tea while my assistant plumped for a small Americano, and we decided to share a large slice of coffee walnut cake, which looked delicious. The tea was served with a pretty cup and a mis-matched saucer:

The teapot was small, but very happily covered in a knitted teacosy. A small pink knitted pig sat atop the cosy and had difficulty perching upright because of the teapot lid:

The cake was excellent, very light and fluffy, with big chunks of walnut in it:

Thus refreshed, we scooted back to the car where the parking ticket’s time was up, and headed off for a sunny stroll in Dundee’s Botanic Gardens. One section of the garden is set in a beautifully constructed maze of dry stone walls:

We had the whole place to ourselves for the first hour or so and I wondered if the lack of visitors had anything to do with the roar of traffic coming from a very busy main road right next to the garden and Dundee airport’s runway, which is situated only a few hundred yards away:

Despite the noise, I really enjoyed wandering round the gardens in the sunshine. As well as lots of outdoor space, there is a large glasshouse containing temperate and rainforest areas. It was warm and cosy inside and we spent a very comfortable half hour mooching around soaking up the warmth:

My camera lens kept steaming up, but I liked the fuzziness it produced in these photos:

Four things in particular caught my eye in the hot house. Two of them were plants that are very dear to my heart, the first because I love to add it to soups, puddings and biscuits, and the second because it is one of the foundations of my very existence:

The third plant I particulaly liked was called ‘red head’, a rainforest plant with deep pink powder puff flowers:

Lastly, a little amphibian peeking out of a pond fairly cheered my heart:

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46 thoughts on “Drop The Scone

  1. That teapot is so cute :)

  2. You’ve gotten some wonderful photos! My favorite is of the frog. Quite the creative tearoom and the walnut cake has me thinking…

    • Thank you, the frog is very sweet isn’t he? I don’t believe you ever stop thinking up wonderful vegan answers to tasty dishes. I look forward to seeing what you think up next!

  3. I, too, adored the frog, and I wanted to dive into that cake! Funny, to me, is the steamy camera shot. It looks a little like the walkway to my door here in sub-tropical Houston. I love your outdoor shots of Scotland. I used to love walking in the country, but ours consists more of cactus, rattlesnakes, and cow pats.

  4. love P1055506 no title but it’s the maze of dry stone walling enjoy the way you have captured the maze, didnt realise you were Dundee, lived Leuchars about 8 years ago

    • Oops, I didn’t realise you could see the photo numbers, they don’t appear on the blog do they? (I’m never entirely sure if what I see as an administrator is the same as what everyone else sees.) I’m sorry to say I’m very lazy about naming my photos, but I suppose I might well have called it ‘maze of dry stone walling’ as you did. Thank you kindly for your comments, I don’t actually live in Dundee but only about 45 minutes away by car. Were you in the RAF?

  5. awww the frog is adorable! It looks so quaint and lovely:)

  6. Oh my goodness, those red powder puffs in the hot house grow here in my garden, and attract all manner of honey eaters. Glad to finally know what a drop scone is – that’s an issue that has been bugging me for years :)

    • You have those wonderful flowers in your own hot house? They’re glorious! I can well imagine them surrounded by insects and birds. Delighted to have been able to solve the mystery of the drop scone. :)

      • No, I have them in my garden! We don’t need a hothouse in Byron Bay. It’s warm all year round. There is another colour variation of these flowers too, which is pink and cream. Gorgeous.

  7. BoJo Photo

    A very interesting tea room. The Walnut cake looks delicious! I absolutely love the dry stone walls! I need one of them in my yard! :)

    • Thanks, it was a great tearoom, I’ll certainly be back and may well have more of that cake…The walls are beautifully made, aren’t they? My brother builds dry stone walls and I’m sure he’d be delighted to build you one, but unfortunately he lives in Scotland so it’d be a bit of a trek to your back yard.

      • BoJo Photo

        That would be great if he were here. I think it would be a fun profession. I certainly used to love working for my friend between jobs that does landscaping.

  8. A story of a fine day out beautifully told. It’s 8.15 on Sunday morning and the picture of the walnut cake has channelled my thought processes for the day!

    You’ve got a splendidly eclectic series of photographs there, and I too love the frog… as well as the cake… and the tearoom… and the hothouse. Great post.

    • My dear sir, thank you very much indeed for your kind comments. The trouble with taking these photos of cakes and other edibles is that the food haunts me for long after I’ve eaten it. If I look at that walnut cake now I will most certainly be wanting a piece.

  9. Would you reveal the name and location of the tearoom? Looks great. Always looking for a kookie place to visit in Fundee :)

  10. I love that Lino, Drop Scones and Not Bombs! Yet another fabulous find there. So cute and kitsch, I loved the tea cozy, the simple decors and the (last shot from the gardens/hothouse withbthe cutest frog in the world :)

  11. I will certainly need to visit Dundee when I am in Scotland. I hope I am able to locate this tearoom while I am there! Maybe it will be not too far from the Botanic gardens.:-)

  12. Garden in Dundee makes me go to Scotland!

  13. Beautiful, I love Botanic Gardens!
    I’m curious about ‘drop scones’, maybe I’ll try a vegan version… for breakfast ;)

  14. Wow what a lovely tea room! Great photos. We should share tea room notes – if you ever visit the south of England I’ve got some great recommendations and I’m it looks like you’ve got loads for Scotland! I haven’t been since I was a child, but my parents holiday in Scotland quite a bit and are thinking of moving there!!

  15. Wow, that’d be a big move, which part of the country are they thinking of moving to? It’s great to have found another tearoom afficionado, and I’d be delighted to share tearoom notes! :)

  16. Your sweets and desserts look fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

  17. teawithbetty

    I love the tearoom branch…drop scones, not bombs… wonderful concept.
    Enjoyed this whole post. I love walnuts, the cakes looked delicious.
    Thanks for sharing the botanic garden photos also and noting your favorites…

  18. Tina

    Slightly late to add a note, but would you happen to have a contact detail for the tea room. I need to know if they havetheknitting pattern for the pig atop the tea cosy. I need to recreat him.
    Thanks very much.

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