Tearoom of the Week (8) Part Two – Sweet

Following on from my previous post, after our bracing coastal walk, we wound our way back through the village of Pittenweem to get to the chocolaterie cafe for sweet treats.

There are several narrow streets running uphill from the harbour to the centre of the village, and I liked the look of Cove Wynd* and the lure of St Fillan’s Cave. The name ‘Pittenweem’ means ‘The Place of the Caves’, and St Fillan lived here in the 8th Century.

St Fillan had a very handy gift that must have made him a popular choice of companion for night-time jaunts. Apparently he could make his left arm give off a luminous glow, which he used for reading and writing sacred scriptures in the dark.

Near the harbour in Pittenweem

As soon as I turned into the narrow Cove Wynd I spied the cave further up the hill:

Narrow streets in Pittenweem

The cave goes down into the rock behind a locked metal gate. I managed to peer through the gate to get a look at the cave entrance:

Deep into the ground goes St Fillan

There was a notice saying the gate key could be obtained from the cafe we’d had lunch at, so one day soon I must go back, ask for the key and have a look inside. On this occasion, however, I contented myself with admiring it from the outside. There was a mosaic made of stones stuck onto the side of the little porch at the cave’s entrance:

Lovely sandstone cave on a steep street in Pittenweem

And I made friends with the cheerful sentry standing guard outside the cave, who smiled nicely for the camera:

Sentry at St Fillan's Cave

At the top of the wynd was St Fillan’s Parish Church. It was originally built in the 12th Century, although most of what remains today dates back only to the 16th Century.  The church is connected to the Tolbooth Tower which once housed the council chambers. Witches were kept here awaiting trial, the last trial having been held in 1704.

16th Century buildings in Pittenweem

I believe the location of the pillar on the wall marks the separation between the tolbooth on the left and the church on the right. I liked the old door and window of the tolbooth:

Old door, window and pillar

I also liked the beautiful round stained glass window further up the building, which glinted prettily in the sunlight. This photo doesn’t do it justice, but it really was very shiny and sparkly:

Pittenweem parish church

After admiring all these architectural wonders it was time to go back to the cafe and indulge in some delights.

With some difficulty this is what we chose. Beautiful assitant no.1 had the speciality chocolate cake and a chai latte. I tasted both and they were excellent. The chai latte was perfect and the cake was very chocolatey and surprisingly light:

rich cocoa filled dessert in Pittenweem

Lovely assistant no.2 went for warm ginger sponge cake with fresh cream and a mug of Belgian white hot chocolate:

ginger dessert in Pittenweem

And, after much deliberation, I chose Oolong tea with a mini bar of dark chocolate. The teacup was very pretty, as was the little bar of chocolate:

The chocolate chunks were so small that I couldn’t resist popping some on my teaspoon and dunking them in my tea. They held their shape and didn’t seem to be melting but when I sooked them off the spoon they just disappeared.

When I was paying at the till in the chocolate shop, I enjoyed looking at some of the chocolates on display and bought some Belgian seashells to take away.

I can’t resist one more picture of my pretty teacup and chocolate bar. It really was a very nice bar of chocolate, very dark, smooth and tangy. Next time I’d like to try one of their dark hot chocolates, but this time I was very glad I’d had the Oolong tea in such beautiful china.

*‘wynd’ is a Scottish word describing an open passageway between buildings. As stated on Wikipedia: “In many places wynds link streets at different heights and thus are mostly thought of as being ways up or down hills. It is possible the term derives from lanes winding their way up hills to provide easier passage, but wynds can be dead straight.”

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41 thoughts on “Tearoom of the Week (8) Part Two – Sweet

  1. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I think you need a third assistant :) I wouldn’t know what to choose: Chocolate cake, Ginger sponge cake or chocolate. It all looks delightful!

    Too bad you couldn’t go into the cave. I hope next time.

    • I love your enthusiasm! It was an agonisingly difficult choice, but the good thing is I can go back another time and choose something else, and I did get to taste the cake, which was wonderful. Next time I really would like to go into the cave.

  2. Love the name Pittenweem and always meant to mosey up that coast but haven’t got there yet. I often struggle to open your posts (blip on my computer) which is a wicked shame because I mean to come back to them afterwards and forget, so I’m commenting now while I can.

    Nearly teatime. How do you stay slim, or shouldn’t I ask that question?

    • It’s well worth a mosey up to Pittenweem, and there are some other lovely villages on the Fife coast. Crail’s very pretty (and has an excellent tearoom!). I’m sorry about the web page loading, maybe because I have so many photos? I try to limit myself but I’m not very good at it I’m afraid. Thank you for taking the trouble to comment when it’s a hassle to view my posts.

      I suppose I’m lucky in my metabolism, but I don’t seem to put on weight. I don’t eat large portions either, a little and often is my motto!

  3. I think I’d have to be there EVERY SINGLE DAY! The chocolate cake certainly looks like perfection. And what fun strolls you have – -

  4. I love Pittenween! Beautiful china! Beautiful photography! Now can I have some dessert please? Ginger sponge cake, first.

  5. Love the new picture in the header too!!! Cutest gumboots in the world!

  6. That chocolate cake makes my mouth water. I hope its low calorie!!!

    • Well, it was made with dark chocolate, which is very good for you, and the sponge was so light it must have been mostly air so, all in all, probably hardly any calories worth mentioning.

  7. Oh wow, those cake pictures are making me way too hungry! Mmmmm!

  8. Great photos and real nice tour. I’ll have a large slice of that chocolate cake and will go with whatever tea you recommend.

  9. Yolanda Presant

    Luvly little shop! Haven’t decided if I like oolong or not. I hate the taste of green tea so I thought oolo
    ng would be a happy medium. It still tastes like green tea. I don’t mind iced green tea though. Of course a little chocolate always helps things along!

    • This is the great thing about these kinds of teas, they go really well with chocolate. I would suggest trying oolong again with some nice chocolate and see if you like it any better.

  10. I love the fact that you ‘sooked’ the chocolate off the spoon. I can’t wait to hear Scottish accents again and to hear phrases that were commonplace to me many moons ago.

  11. Hi,
    What a truly fascinating cave, I think it would be great to explore that one, and I loved the sentry, and his smile. :)

    A very lovely place you choose to have tea, the china is gorgeous, I love the idea of the pattern inside the cup as well, very nice. Such a lovely touch with the chocolate that is cute. :D

    • Thank you, I also thought it was a lovely idea to serve the small chocolate bar with the tea, and I will have to visit that cave properly some time.

  12. come on book…where are you

  13. I think I would have to “sample” everyone’s dessert at least once! What a lovely place. Your photos and story made me feel as though I were there… Thanks!

    • Thank you Meg, it’s definitely worthy of a few return visits. I was intending to sample the ginger sponge too but by the time I’d thought about it, it was gone!

  14. I would like looking at the chocolates on display too! :)

  15. Beautiful images and descriptions. St Fillan must have been a useful guy to have around! Some time ago I did a bit of research into his history (because he is linked to Glen Dochart) but I didn’t know about his light-handed abilities.

  16. Pittenweem – I am swooning at the name. The china is pretty spesh too! I could go a bit of that ginger sponge right now. Another lovely post! :D

  17. that cake looks incredible and amazingly rich with cocoa.

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