In this post, I want to continue my Tea with ESB series by taking you with me as I visit the charming village of Chiddingstone and the delightful Tulip Tree courtyard tearoom at Burghesh Court.
This series is all about the best tea shops and bakeries, giving you the lowdown on the tastiest tea and cake I can find. I will describe the location, atmosphere, and food and drink to give you a flavour of how I enjoyed it, with an at a glance cupcake rating reflecting what I thought.
In my mind, cream teas are synonymous with English villages as they evoke the air of cucumber sandwiches, dainty tea-sets and cakes of times gone by. They create a bubble of nostalgia that is bliss in our fast paced modern world. It is a treat to discover more places to enjoy a nice cup of tea and scone whether you choose to go with a Devon or Cornwall combination – jam or cream first, anyone? – and I loved visiting this tearoom.
To accompany this post, here is my cover ‘You’ve got to be a cricket hero (to get along with the beautiful girls’ which I think creates the atmosphere of an English village inspired as it is by that great village Sunday pursuit, cricket.
THE TULIP TREE TEAROOM, CHIDDINGSTONE
Website : https://www.thetuliptree.biz/
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Address : The Tulip Tree Tea Room, 3 The Village, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7AH
Nestled in a beautiful corner of Kent, known as the Garden of England, Chiddingstone is a Tudor village owned by the National Trust which is preserved as if it has never aged. A typical English village, it boasts a tudor-beamed high street, a peaceful church, a bustling pub and even a castle. Spending time there is which is like walking back in time. Just an hour out of London by car or nearby train station, Sevenoaks, it is the perfect weekend escape.
Tucked away behind the local shop that has hidden treasures of little gifts as well as store cupboard essentials for locals, you are directed by a chalkboard sign, to a cobbled courtyard with a glass fronted open café. As it is beautiful day, families and friends have gathered and are sitting in the sun, enjoying the atmosphere as well as the delicious delicacies. Through the glass, the church overlooks the courtyard and inside, stone walls are decorated with paintings and higgledy-piggledy vintage furniture that is for sale if anything takes your fancy. With bunting strewn casually over the rafters, it has the air of a village fete.
FOOD & DRINK
On the counter, there is a lick-your-lips worthy selection of freshly baked cakes and traybakes. You can glimpse busy young members of staff in the adjoining kitchen whipping them up next door. The menu offers a wide variety of sandwiches and light bites and the chalkboard above the counter is packed with a list of hot and cold drinks to choose from. Everything is served in vintage mix and match china which adds to the charm. I had the sultana scone which was served warm with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam, and was like walking into an Enid Blyton novel.
The Tulip Tree lives up to its name as it is an English flower of a tearoom in the Garden of England and is as sweet and aromatic as the best bloom on a border.
Thank you for popping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed coming with me as I enjoyed my visit to the Tulip Tree tearoom. If you have any recommendations for cafes or tearooms for me to visit in this series, let me know in the comments. I always need more places to visit and try!
See you next time for another post, but in the meantime,
Happy Tuneful Baking!
English Singing Baker x