Berryfields

Delightful assistant no.1 and I recently took ourselves off to a tearoom we’d been meaning to visit for some time.

Berryfields, in the Perthshire village of Abernethy, used to be called Culdees, and in its previous guise it featured in my Tearoom Delights book.

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Culdees, as was, in Abernethy.

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Berryfields, as is (taken with my phone rather than my camera, resulting in a somewhat washed out look).

The same nice old stonewashed walls were in evidence, and the addition of fairy lights gave it a bit of festive sparkle.

It was a very cold day and luckily we managed to bag seats by the fire.

Since I wasn’t using my camera and most of my phone shots came out blurred, I’m afraid I don’t have a nice picture of the fire as it is now, but below is a picture of how it used to look in the time of Culdees.

It’s still similar to this, although nowadays there’s a sofa and coffee table where the dining table is in the photograph:

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Our seats were on the other side of the fire, and I had my back to the heat, which was jolly comforting.

We both ordered tea, which came with flowery china:

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Foodwise, there was a tempting selection of filling fare chalked up on a blackboard.

Delightful assistant no.1 ordered a baked potato with cheese and tuna mayonnaise:

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Filling burgeoning from a baked potato.

I opted for a panini with mushrooms and cheese, and was delighted by the proportions of the filling.

They were very generous with the mushrooms, which I believe had been fried prior to inserting into the panini.

It was all very tasty, and the salady items on the side could hardly have been fresher. Tip top.

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Next time I visit this tearoom I must take my camera and hopefully get some better pictures.

In the meantime, if ever you find yourself wandering around Abernethy longing for a tasty lunch, I recommend scooting up School Wynd and calling into Berryfields.

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  1. This looks so nice! I wouldn’t have known which to choose – the tuna-topped potato or the panini. Tea always looks lovely served in nice china. What a welcoming atmosphere, with the fairy lights and the log fire. It’s a shame that Abernethy is so far away! By the way I like your header photo – what is the island that you can see?

    • Thanks, Jo. Abernethy is a bit of a distance from you, but it’s worth a wander round if ever you find yourself in the vicinity. There’s a round tower dating to the 12th century right next to Berryfields that I think would interest you. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of that island in my header photo, but it’s in New Zealand. It looks as if it could be Scotland though, doesn’t it?

      • That does sound interesting! I think I remember seeing a picture of the tower in one of your posts. That island certainly looks like a Scottish one! Although I have seen other photos of New Zealand where the landscape does look very much like Scotland. It must be very beautiful.

  2. Both dishes sound delicious…but no scone today :-)
    Berryfields should offer a berry scone I think.
    I am happy to see that even though it’s changed hands, there is still a tearoom in the spot formerly Culdees.

    • You’re right Linda, no scone. That’s one of the reasons I need to go back soon. They had some tempting sounding offerings, but I didn’t have room after the panini. I’m always delighted when some enterprising soul has the oomph to take over a tearoom and remake it into a new one.

  3. Hi Lorna, I love the idea of the reverse potato/Tuna bake myself. When we were little, it used to be the tuna mix on the bottom and a potato mix on top! As for roaring fires on a chilly winters day, I imagine it’s a national pastime in Scotland, during cooler months ;)

    • Ah yes, we have a dish like that with tuna underneath and potato on top. I hadn’t thought of the baked potato as being the reverse of that before. Roaring fires are a very welcome addition to life in this country, you’re dead right! :-)

  4. You can’t beat tea in a proper cup & saucer

  5. Had me thinking of Abernethy biscuits Lorna. I loved them as a child.
    What a delightful tearoom. I hadn’t seen the previous post on Culdees as it was before I discovered WordPress. Berryfields looks a comforting place for a meal or a cup of tea and a scone.

    • It’s a funny thing about Abernethy biscuits, you’d think you’d see them there but I haven’t seen any. As far as I know Culdees didn’t sell them and I didn’t see any in Berryfields either. You can get still them in supermarkets but I think if I ran a business in Abernethy I’d be dishing them out whenever possible. Berryfields certainly turned up trumps for lunch, I was cold and hungry when I arrived, but left feeling warm and full, which is just what you want from a good tearoom.

      • Evelyn Scobie

        Abernethy biscuits are nothing to do with the village of Abernethy (I live there and was born there) they were invented (created?) by a Dr Abernethy as a digestive aid! The story about this is in the Abernethy Museum! So next time you are in Abernethy give the museum a visit (it is open from May to Sept) and then you can have a cuppa in Berryfields! PS you can also get the key for the Round Tower at both places – definitely worth the climb!

        • Thank you for that information, I would love to visit the Abernethy Museum and I have tried a couple of times but unfortunately it’s been closed. I will bear in mind that it reopens in May and attempt to visit it this year. I would also like to leg it up the tower, so hopefully I can fulfil both of those ambitions soon.

  6. It looks like a nice comfy place, your pictures were just fine. And of course the food looked delicious!!!!

  7. I’m a little bit concerned about your state of health Lorna if you couldn’t manage a scone after your panini. You could have done your old trick of leaving the tearoom, walking round the block then re-entering for more tea and scone. Reassure me that you’re okay!

    • Would it set your mind at rest to know I’d already indulged mid-morning? I confess I spent a bit of idle time in the A K Bell Library cafe in Perth prior to lunching at Berryfields, which might have had something to do with not having a scone after my panini. We were going to go for a walk but it was so bitterly cold that we wimped out. In fact, I have a feeling we went to another tearoom later on in the afternoon that day, although my memory is a little hazy now.

    • Evelyn Scobie

      You could have climbed the Round Tower!

  8. My kind of place to be sure. Looks very cozy with great food. I woudl ahve trouble choosing what to order.

    • There were quite a few things I fancied, I must admit. I’ll just need to go back and sample something else next time. I really feel I should try one of their scones.

  9. Looks like the perfect place in which to settle in with a book near the fire – keep the pots of tea and tasty treats coming!

    • That would be lovely on a cold day, and there were some books there that you could read if you hadn’t brought your own. Tea and treats by the fire, what could be nicer?

  10. That looks like a perfect place to be on a cold day – simply charming!

  11. I hope to drop in to Berryfields when we’re on holiday later this year.

  12. I have been trying to figure out why the name “Berryfields” sounds so familiar, and I’ve just worked out that it’s the name of Monty Don’s garden. And like Suth2, I was also recalling Abernethy biscuits. I think I should come here so I can get the actual Berryfields-in-Abernethy clear in my mind!

    • An excellent notion, Christine. I believe they called the tearoom Berryfields as a salute to the soft fruit industry that does pretty well in that part of the country. I’m curious to know why you don’t see Abernethy biscuits more, in fact it’s years since I had one and I think it’s high time I got reacquainted.

  13. A hot cuppa and a nosh by a warm fire…it doesn’t get much better than that. Also, you’ve shown me something new: I’ve never seen tuna salad (mayonnaise) piled on top of a baked potato before! I’ll have to give it a try. :0)

    • Quite right, I couldn’t agree more re: the fire and a hot cup of tea, especially in Scotland at this time of year. Tuna mayonnaise is a very common topping for baked potatoes in this part of the world, how interesting that it’s not something you get in your neck of the woods. It’s rather a nice combination.

  14. Hazel Gordon

    Thank you for all your lovely comments about our wee tearoom! We changed the name as Berryfields was the name I used to bake under, named for the fields on which our house (named Strawberry Fields!) is situated in Abernethy. My husband recalls berry picking here in the summers when he was small. We often have Berry scones on the menu, usually raspberry or blueberry, but I am always looking for new ideas. With regards to Abernethy biscuits, they don’t actually come from Abernethy, although everyone assumes they do. I have made them in the past, and may do again in the future, but they’re not a regular menu item. The Tower which Lorna mentions above is open all year round, and we are the keyholders, so if you fancy working up a appetite by climbing the 98 steps do pop in! We are open every day except Tuesday. Hazel x ( I am usually found in the kitchen :-) )

    • Thank you kindly for dropping in, and for providing such a tasty luncheon. I think Berryfields is a very attractive name for a tearoom, and most apt in the circumstances. I must try one of your berry scones some time, they sound delicious. Raspberries work particularly well in scones, I think (and happen to be one of my favourite fruits). Thank you for the information about Abernethy biscuits, I had mistakenly assumed that they hailed from your fine town. I wonder how they got that name. I’ve yet to scale that tower next-door to you, it’s something I must do one of these days. I’m sure legging it up and down 98 steps would work up a good appetite for some of your tasty treats. :-)

    • Evelyn Scobie

      Good reply Hazel! x

  15. Hazel Gordon

    The biscuits were named after Dr Abernethy who apparently came up with them to aid digestion (similar to digestive biscuits). Although we could always pretend they are from Abernethy as an excuse to sample a few! :-D

  16. warning to self – as I scroll through your blog I become more hungry (always ensure you have eaten first Scott) – N.B. Lorna never travel without you camera – shocking :-)

    • Thanks Scott. I get hungry when I write the posts, too, it’s terrible. I deliberately didn’t take my camera because sometimes I get fed up of photographing my food – I just want to eat it! :-)

  17. Oh for a nice cup of tea, very hard to find out here in the Caribbean. But hey I am in the Caribbean ;)

  18. A cozy fire plus a delicious meal! How charming!! I’m headed to London at the end of the month, and just can’t wait for a ‘decent’ cup of tea!! Any suggestions?

    • Thank you, and how exciting about your trip. I think you’ll be able to get a decent cup of tea in London all right, although it might be rather pricey, as everything seems to be there. I don’t know London’s tearooms at all I’m afraid, but I know that there are plenty of shops selling loose leaf teas and presumably also tearooms selling good quality tea, too. One place I do remember having a nice (if somewhat expensive) cup of tea was Harrod’s. You can also buy some nicely packaged tea to take home from there, and from Fortnum and Mason. Both of these fine establishments are in the city centre, although I’m sure you can get nice teas elsewhere for a cheaper price. It’s nice to get tea in a Fortnum’s tin though. :-)

  19. The name Berryfields just makes you smile. :)

  20. The tea cup is beautiful! The mushroom and cheese panini sounds delicious. Tea rooms are such a wonderfully-warming concept. I wish there were more in the US.

    • Thanks Julia, I still think about that panini from time to time, it was delicious. I believe the tea business is thriving in the US but it’s got a big job on its hands competing with such a strong coffee culture. Hopefully, tea rooms will be popping up near you in years to come.

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