I have visited this harbouside tearooms on many occasions and often look on this site to read the reviews. So once again I give my true opinion of my last visit where I was the only visitor during my time there. This tearoom does not in my opinion set out to be a temple of gastronomy, but what it does offer is tasty, home prepared dishes that are very reasonably priced - On my last visit a cheese ploughmans: A huge chunk of mature cheddar, coleslaw, onions, salad and Devon Chutney all served with two chunks of Granary Bread. ( The bread was yesterdays and perhaps bake off rolls would be better out of season) That said it was all delicious and locally sourced.
Many people comment on the service and friendliness of this place. I have always found it to be polite and business like rather than over the top. I think one of the huge problems the place has is its lay out.
Because the counter is at the end of a long narrow room ( where you order and pay for your food in advance) it makes the place unfriendly because there is nobody at the door to greet you, nobody to say goodbye and customers do not know what to do until somebody eventually comes to speak to them. An easy solution to this problem is to move the counter to the middle of the room - people would then see more of the delicious homemade cakes and the owner could at least greet and seat and say goodbye.
I am fond of this place and always recommend friends to eat there for a lovely light lunch or afternoon tea. A few little alterations would make all the difference to this otherwise perfect venue.
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