Darlingtons Tea Room – Nr Weedon

Reviewed on February 9th, 2015 by Dina

Darlingtons Tea Room is part of the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village. This lovely tea room serves freshly made home cooked food. If you are looking for something for breakfast, they have bacon sandwiches, beans on toast, sweet and savoury croissants.

As it was close to lunchtime, there was a range of food to choose from. The menu included quiches, salads, open sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soup.

The Parsnip Soup was creamy and slightly sweet. It was served with a freshly baked warm granary baguette. The soup and bread made for a filling and satisfying lunch. They also do gluten free bread rolls.

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A decaffeinated milky coffee was served by the mug. It was a good way to warm up on this cold day together with the soup.

The staff were really friendly, welcoming and gave good service. Darlingtons Tea Room had a traditional feel to it. Lots of sunshine streamed into the dining area at the back of the tea room. It was nice that the view from the tea room was out into the garden. There is also outdoor seating which would be lovely to sit out in the summer.

Darlingtons Tea Room is a hidden gem in the Northamptonshire countryside. If you do come here, make sure you leave some time to browse the variety of boutique shops of the Heart of the Shires Shopping Village.

Darlingtons Tea Room, Heart of the Shires, A5 Watling Street, Nr Weedon, Northants, NN7 4LB

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Colonnade – Little Venice

Reviewed on January 24th, 2015 by Dina

It was ideal to go for Afternoon Tea with my friend who had first introduced me to the special indulgent world of this British ritual many years ago. Since that day, Afternoon Tea has been one of my favourite things to do!

The Afternoon Tea was served in the restaurant of the Colonnade Hotel. Despite it being on the lower level, it had plenty of light flooding in from the glass roof. There was a floral feature wall and orange gerbera decorated the tables.

The Darjeeling tea was served by the pot and it was teabags not loose tea. The flavour of the tea was still good though.

The floral theme continued when the Afternoon Tea was served on cute pink rose plates. As soon as the three tiered selection was brought out, the cakes had a wonderful freshly baked aroma.

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The traditional savoury finger sandwiches were had first. These were egg mayonnaise on white bread; cucumber and cream cheese on white bread; ham, cheese and mustard on brown bread. All of them tasted lovely and the bread and fillings were fresh.

The plain scones had a subtle vanilla taste to them. They were served with a good proportion of Cornish clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.

The sweet treats were a great selection of mini eclairs, carrot cake, lemon macarons, chocolate brownies and berry fruit tarts. It’s hard to pick any favourites but the mini eclair filled with fresh cream, the berry tart and the carrot cake did make a memorable mark!

The chocolate brownie was rich and would not disappoint fans of chocolate. The macaron had the right balance of the sweet meringue biscuit and sharp lemon filling.

The staff were welcoming and friendly. They kept asking throughout our time at The Colonnade if we wanted our teapot refilled. The staff did not rush us at all and hence we felt that we could relax and take our time.

The Afternoon Tea at The Colonnade was a real delight! The food was all tasty and fresh and what’s not to love about Afternoon Tea when it is done well!

The Colonnade, 2 Warrington Crescent, Little Venice, London, W9 1ER

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Coffee Dogs – Kings Cross

Reviewed on January 18th, 2015 by Dina

Trying to remember the last time that I had a hot dog made me realise that it had been many years ago. So, heading to Coffee Dogs, all the excitement was for the hot dog.

The menu has hot dogs made from pork, beef and soya. The British Bulldog was really delicious. It was a British Cumberland pork sausage made from quality meat, served in a soft poppy seed roll. Hot dogs have to have the fried onions and the British Bulldog came with onions and mustard. A small amount of ketchup was also added to make it complete.

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For seating, as Coffee Dogs is a kiosk it only has a few stools on the outside. It would be nice if they could have some indoor seating. The staff gave quick service and they seemed to do their best to keep the seating area clean and tidy.

Coffee Dogs does the intriguing frozen custard from Coney Island. It came in vanilla and chocolate varieties. The two flavours were given in one cup. The frozen custard was really creamy and individually they tasted great. However, the chocolate did overpower the vanilla but then chocolate normally does that anyway!

There were also Dum Dum Donutterie products on offer. Coffee Dogs only had the Zebra cronut. This was the first time that I was having a cronut and I am not too sure if I really liked them. The Zebra was layers of plain and chocolate croissant with chocolate buttercream and it had a dark chocolate topping. The difference between the donut and the cronut is that the cronut is baked rather than fried.

The Americano was a smooth coffee. The coffee was from Rainforest Alliance farms.

Coffee Dogs is a good stop off place just to grab a bite to eat. They also have hamburgers, fries and milkshakes.

Coffee Dogs, Kings Cross Station, London, N1C 4BS

Rating: ★★★½☆

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