Me and my wife were staying in Monyash and had decided to go for a walk in Lathkill Dale, intending to walk for an hour and turn back. Because of the great time we were having we forgot ourselves and ended up walking the entire dale. At the end of the dale we were confronted with a steep road that we had to climb to get out into Over Hadden, where we then intended to catch a bus back.
Half way up the climb and admittedly slightly feeling it a bit in the legs we came across a very welcome sight - The Garden Tea Rooms. With a welcoming facade that invites you in we made our way to the tea room where we were met by the owner, a really friendly guy with a big smile. We couldn't resist the array of beautiful home made cakes and due to the climb we ordered three bottles of fizzy water.
We went and sat in the garden and awaited our order. The owner, not only bringing out the mouth watering cakes but two extra ice cold large glass's of cold water and only two bottles of fizzy water. Knowing that we wanted three bottles to quench our thirst he had very kindly given us the two large glass's of water (bottled) free of charge and didn't charge us full price for the remaining two bottles - NOW BEAT THAT FOR SERVICE !
We then sat talking to him about VW Camper Vans and the Peak District for over half an hour and when we inquired about times of buses etc the owner not only gave us directions to the bus stop but disappeared and upon his return had printed off a bus time table from his computer !
I cannot begin to explain the friendliness of this place and the excellent cakes etc that are o offer but I hope you get the picture of how this visit made our day.
If you are anywhere near Over Hadden / Lathkill Dale then treat yourself and visit The Garden Tea Rooms.
Chris & Sue (Northants)
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