Tearoom of the Week (7)

This week my delightful assistant and I called in at a place I’d been meaning to visit for a while. We’d driven past it a couple of times recently en route to other tearooms, and this week it was finally given the visit it deserved.

It’s another of these great farm shop-tearoom combos and sits nicely in the Kingdom of Fife, not far from Tearoom of the Week (5).

I’m sure I’ve never been anywhere with so many welly boots on display. I’ve seen wellies with flowers in them before, and small wellies perched on the wall of a nursery school by way of decoration, but it wasn’t until I came here that I realised just how versatile, creative and inspiring the wellington boot can be.

Two animals made from welly boots greet you outside the front door. A dog:

And a small horse:

The door handles have been unusually fashioned out of a garden fork and a spade and someone has left their footprints on the glass:

There’s a lot going on behind these doors: a farm food shop, a gift shop and a pottery, as well as the cafe we were headed for. To get there we had to circumnavigate a table with some sponge cakes on top of it and wellies underneath. Note the wellies on the top shelf behind the table too:

Inside the cafe there was a lovely smell of woodsmoke coming from a warming fire surrounded by soft leather sofas. It’s not very obvious in this picture but the cushion covers had wellies on them:

The sofas were comfy and relaxing, but when we’d decided to order meals we moved to a dining table so that eating off plates would be easier. That gave us a fine view of the tearoom with its glowing orbs suspended from the ceiling:

My lovely assistant ordered one of the daily specials, a mushroom omelette, which she said was delicious:

And I had a very tasty cheese and pickle panini:

We both had tea, which came in a big teapot supplying about 5 cupfuls. It was so good that we ordered a second pot, and shared a piece of apple and maple cake, which had a surprising butterscotch icing. The cake’s texture was very unusual and reminded me of choux pastry (my assistant thinks I’m talking rot with my warblings of choux pastry, but unfortunately for her it’s my fingers tapping the keys and I’m sticking to my guns):

Each table had a little cruet set on it, in the form of a pair of tiny painted ceramic wellies. There were lots of different designs but I liked ours best. Here they are, sitting next to one of the excellent cups of tea:

And here are some wee blue ones:

And wee cream ones with hearts on:

The toilets were quite splendid, with large shiny trough-like sinks and wallpaper that looked as if it had grown there:

The farm shop was full of interesting food and drink items, including a cheese counter, complete with small cheese-loving creature:

The gift shop contained a considerable number of welly-inspired gifts, including cruet sets displayed on a sort of Giant’s Causeway:

And a little owl made of sticks:

A sign next to the door on the way out made me pause for thought:

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48 thoughts on “Tearoom of the Week (7)

  1. simplicitymaven

    From a farm girl who loves her wellies… well done. What a quaint tea shop!Thank you for sharing… I want that sign!

  2. What a clever shop!! I know where I’m sending my old rain boots ;-) – maybe they can put them to good use!

  3. This place looks darling!

  4. I love the welly theme.

    And I love the idea of clutching a mug of earl grey sat next the woodburner after a frosty days hiking. What a wonderful place.

  5. teawithbetty

    What a wonderful place…the boots as art are incredible. I love maple, butterscotch and pate choux pastry….can imagine how delicious it would be to have all three in one bite. Thanks for showing us this gem of a tearoom.

  6. Cute and delicious, as usual.

  7. Wow! How amazing are those door handles! Cute attention to detail with the footprints too, but I sure wouldn’t want to be drunk, stumbling in the dark! Lol imagine the shock if you grasped the wrong end, ha ha! Loved the S&P cruets too :)

    • I hadn’t thought of that possibility, I must admit. I think the little ceramic wellies might have been my favourite thing, they were so delightful.

  8. The wellies are cute. Before the internet, I remember reading novels where people put on their wellies, and I wasn’t quite sure what they were! I was too lazy to look it up in a dictionary, I suppose, wanting to get on with my read.

    I love that sign!

    • I didn’t realise ‘wellies’ weren’t universal. What do you call them? I noticed that Annie from An Unrefined Vegan called hers ‘rain boots’, is that what you know them as?

      • We never really need rain boots. It doesn’t rain that much. If water pools, and we’re wearing nice shoes, we tend to carry them and go barefoot. It usually isn’t that cold. Some people probably think that’s barbaric, but I have many fond memories of never wearing shoes!

        People here wear “wellies” now, because they’re fashionable, and call them rain boots. They’re terribly cute, but all I can think when I see them is that they must be burning up.

        My New York daughter has a pair, though, and uses them a lot.

        • I can imagine they wouldn’t be suited to your climate, right enough. They’re great for squelchy wet places but in the heat of Houston I’m sure they’d be most uncomfortable to wear.

  9. That’s really something. I’ve been into the Green Welly Boot shop in Tyndrum, but hadn’t heard of this place. Very imaginative!

    The cake looks and sounds really scrummy – darn it! ;-)

    • I thought of the Green Welly place too, but this one has a lot more welly action going on. The cake was really quite a surprise in taste and texture, but I enjoyed it and would certainly have it again, given the opportunity.

  10. Wellies rule! Lovely to find something a bit different on the web. I’m not especially a cake sort of girl but I can see where you’re coming from.
    (I’ve arrived via Megtravels by the way)

    • Hello and welcome! Lovely to have you here, thank you for visiting and for your kind comments. I’ve still to check out Meg’s other recommendations, but I love her blog and I’ll do that soon.

  11. Love the wellies!

  12. I loved the little “wellie” salt and pepper cruet sets and the wellie animals would make Compo (Last of the Summer Wine) proud!

  13. Yolanda Presant

    I always want to bake something when I read your posts!

  14. I can’t look at wellies without thinking of Billy Connolly and his wellies song.
    The wellies you show here are beautiful.

  15. I don’t own any wellies. I feel left out now. I love the dog!

  16. That apple and maple cake looks amazing!

  17. What a great premise to visit tea rooms and write up about them. I’ve always wanted to do a tea shop guide – never thought of doing one online! Shall be following your exploits with interest :)

  18. S Joe

    Where is this and what’s the name of the place (unless the rule is to not share the name of the place ;)) I loved the cruets… very clever and cute

    • I’m sorry but you’re right, it’s a secret. I’ll be revealing all in my book when it comes out. I’m trying to tempt people into buying the book by showing them marvellous tearooms like this and keeping the all important location and name a secret. I feel terrible doing it, but that was my idea from the start and I’ve managed to stick with it so far. It’s very difficult because I really want to tell you! The cruets are lovely aren’t they?

      • S Joe

        I understand… all the best with your book :) I still wish I could get the cruets :D

        • Thank you. I’d be very happy to get a set for you next time I’m there if you like, but they only seem to have that one design for sale.

          • S Joe

            Thank you! So nice of you. But that design is a bit boring I suppose.. Loved the one on your table… I would try and search it in the internet… maybe someone else has it on sale :)

  19. You do find some amazing and fascinating places! The food looks and sounds lovely, as do the gifts in the shop. I love the sign at the end.

    • Thank you, it is a great place. I’m so impressed by all the entrepreneurial types who build up and run these places, it’s brilliant.

  20. That is MY kind of tea room! But the only problem is that I would need to take out a second mortgage before leaving, as I would want ALL of those cruet sets and all the other bits and bobs, as well as cake and snacks etc! Fabulous place, reminds me of the tea room in the local garden centre near me, where al the cakes and tarts are home-made and they sell quirky gifts and artisan produce. Fab!
    Karen

    • Thanks very much Karen, it is a great place and full of lots of things to spend your money on. I’m so pleased there are wonderful people out there running these places, it makes my day.

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