I always try to find at least one positive thing to say but I'm at a loss.
We visited this tea room here a few years ago when we were last in Castleton and it was really very nice. Unfortunately we made the mistake of returning on our last visit to the area and we found a tired run down establishment that was a shadow of its former self.
The owner greeted us with the question "Tea & Scones or light bites?" it seems that if you were having only tea and scones you had to sit on specific tables. We weren't sure what we wanted and a table was eventually located in the middle of the absolutely empty tea room.
Tea was fine but served in a cafetiere for reasons I can't fathom. Fruit cake was tasty enough but unfortunately we found that some of the cheese served was mouldy. In the course of our visit we saw the worrying attitude of the proprietor to another customer who arrived after us and didn't want an argument so we paid the absolutely exorbitant bill and left as quickly as we were able to.
In retrospect a quick look at Tripadvisor before we went would have saved us a deeply unpleasant and incredibly expensive experience.
Since returning and looking at other reviews I too have read last years food hygiene inspection report and feel rather fortunate that it is only our wallets that have suffered following our visit.
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