Yeah I know what your thinking......a brew with me would be with a mad hatter but no this is really a place called Mad Hatters. A lovely little tearoom in Findern, Derbyshire where I took it on myself and dragged my cousin along too for a spot of lunch.
I didn't visit this place when it was situated in Alvaston but apparently after a lot of public support it was saved and the owners moved Mad Hatters over to their new premises in Findern.
It is nicely situated next to the canal where on a nice day you sit with a nice slice of cake and a brew and enjoy the fresh air. A popular place for walkers and cyclists passing by so the move seems to have been a great decision. It certainly has a nice comfy atmosphere and is decorated with a few pieces of Alice in Wonderland memorabilia including quite a few clocks so no chance of 'being late' for anything.
I had a jacket potato with cheesy beans accompanied by salad and it was very very nice. The tea was so tasty and look at that teapot jug! How cool is that? I love that all the cups and saucers are mismatched, a lot of thought has gone into the decor and there is a nice cosy friendly atmosphere to the place.
I really enjoyed it here and can see myself returning. I need to try cake.....what? I was so full from my lunch I couldn't fit any in but hey it gives me the excuse to go back. Nothing like a bit of a delay on dessert.
If you would like some more information on Mad Hatters Tearoom they have a Facebook page here:
Let me know what you think if you have been. I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now......
eat cake, drink a brew and take care.
I couldn't really go up to Scotland without buying some teabags eh? I did as well.....I caught sight of these Highland Blend teabags from The Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company. They taste really nice and after polishing off one box I had to buy another and bring them back home. I love that because I'm reminded of my holiday every time I have a Highland Brew.
These teabags are a mix of ceylon, assam and african teas blended in Edinburgh, so refreshing and not too strong. They are packed in individual packets with a string to infuse in your favourite cup, mug or dangle a bag in a fabulous teapot and away you go.
I also bought some whisky teabags from the same company and if I'm honest I don't really get a taste of whisky at all. While up in the Highlands someone offered to make me a brew and just tip a proper whisky in it which I think would have been rather interesting. I mean I've had the Bailey's coffee but a whisky liqueur tea?? I may try it and let you know. Nice tea all the same and of course I'm not going to waste them but I can't taste anything that resembles whisky.
Someone else might so if you see the do give them a go and let me know what you think. There is a nice selection of tea at The Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company including Scottish Breakfast, Heather and Thistle tea bags too. If you would like more information they have a website with an online store at www.edinburghteacoffee.co.uk
You can also buy these teabags and their loose leaf tea on Amazon too so I can still have a constant supply of this tea which is great because I thought I would have to be popping up to Inverness every so often to get supplies. That's not a bad thing as I love it up there but it's a very long way to go for a brew.
I have had a look on their website and seen the most beautiful teapot on there.....oh if I had more shelf space I would......I think. This is getting as bad as my handbag addiction. I need blinkers....can you get those from Specsavers? I'll ask next time I go.
You all take care now and I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday.....join me then.
I can't believe it's been about two weeks now since I was in the Scottish Highlands, where does the time go? It was nice to go through my photos again be reminded of the yummy tea break we had at Fort George. They have a very nice tearoom there with cakes, sandwiches and light meals too. An array of refreshments and I had to have a brew here, oh ok I had a scone too but hey I was on holiday.
Fort George is a real working Fort with soldiers in, yes we saw real soldiers walking around and having to put up with some crazy English woman making headline for their brewing facilities. They were not in danger of being under attack but I was willing to take all their tea and cakes as hostage.
It is a really interesting place to see and most of the grounds are open to the public with information and museums to really get a insight into the history of the Fort. My son and I ventured to the outer fortress walls armed with binoculars and witnessed Dolphins swimming in the Moray Firth. What a sight and what an adventure, a bit of history, a brew and dolphins.....what more do you need?
Now I've had quite a brews in a lot of tearooms now but I think this may have been one of my favourites. I felt a sense of comfort and warmth drinking my brew with some of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, I can honestly say that doesn't happen everyday.
We had a lovely time here and can definitely recommend it for a visit if you are up near Inverness. but obviously be on your best behaviour as these lads and lasses looked fun whilst having a tea break but I bet they can kick ass and I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of them all. I'm polishing my halo as I type (difficult to say) as I got out without too much trouble.....me trouble? Naaaaaaah.
Thanks for reading today, come back again, yes go on!! It's What to Buy Wednesday tomorrow so well worth a revisit. See you then and take care for now.
Well I had to visit at least one tearoom while I was away on my jolly holidays, only the one Sue from the Brew? Of course not but this cosy little place was just up the road from where we were staying. I know! Tea and cake just up the road....I was actually contemplating moving there.
The White Cottage Tearoom at North Kessock near Inverness was just delightful, beautiful tasty fresh food and such a friendly service too. We had lunch there so treated ourselves to jacket potatoes, a cheese sandwich a burger dish and potato cake with eggs benedict complete with fresh salmon. Yummy!!! I didn't eat all that myself, the full 'Family from the Brew' were with me It was absolutely gorgeous and there were cakes to but believe it or not I was so stuffed I couldn't eat anymore, even my dessert stomach was not coming out to play.
They serve breakfast too so a great place to start your day while looking out over the Beauly Firth and possibly catch sight of a dolphin or two swimming past, yes they can be seen....but you have to believe first, it's like magic they only come to those who believe. We did catch sight of some further down in the Moray Firth, it's a beautiful sight if you get the chance.
So if your passing through Kessock some time pop into the White Cottage Tea Room and have a brew, you won't regret it. let me know if you have been here, did you enjoy it? I actually missed this place last year when we visited and found out about it on our return this year. I can't believe I missed it before, I would of driven past it numerous times, must be losing my touch of sniffing out new tea places. I've put it right now. Phewwww!
Thank you for reading today, join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now take care.
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