“Greet each day with love in your heart” was ‘The drawing room’ mantra given to me on a piece of paper by the owner Richard, his welcome was unmistakably genuine and his conversation put all his customers at ease.
The Drawing room located in Chesham is tucked away behind a row of quant shops right in the centre of town and is set in a private court yard. Inside the building my friend Paul and I were pleasantly surprised to find we were in a cosy living room and with speed we sat down to rest and enjoy the ambiance.
There was good home cooked food on the menu, I ordered and tucked greedily into a baked potato topped with tuna mayonnaise and cheese, accompanied by a proper cup of tea served in a teapot and a tea strainer to-boot!
Exploring the rest of the building I found a small lounge upstairs that had multi cushioned seating along every wall with a table in the centre creating a bohemian private space perfect for a large group of friends whose celebration might test other diners due to their loud laughter and the chinking of glasses.
But there is history as well as art throughout the building, paintings, crafts and jewellery adorn the walls and every visible surface not used for dining. My first impression of The Drawing room was that of a scene from Alice in Wonderland. It was therefore no surprise to me when I learnt that this historical building with it’s low beamed ceilings was once home to Roger Crab the very character on which Lewis Carol based the ‘Mad Hatter’.
The Drawing room was constructed at some point during the 1600’s from old timber possibly from Spanish ships and has been an Ale house, an art gallery and now in the 21st century it hosts some of the best musical acoustic evenings around. Richard and his friendly staff are carving a new history which I feel sure will go down one day in legend.
A truly magical place!!
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