Welcome to the second chapter of Jaini’s Welsh Weekend. Here, we go for cream tea to the Wildegoose Tearoom (in England, not Wales).
For the longest time ever, I have been wanting to experience traditional British cream tea, so Saj knew this so we stopped by the Wildegoose Tearoom in Craven Arms, en route to our cottage in Knighton, Wales after a brief stop in Ironbridge.
The cute tearoom is located in the Wildegoose Nursery, where the owners now retired sell violas in a walled garden. We walked through rows of stunning flowers admiring them as we passed them to get to the tearoom.
The tearoom gave off a strikingly rustic vibe. The room was laden with wooden furniture and at one end was a blackboard with the day’s menu listed. In a buffet-style setting, freshly-baked goods were displayed so it was easy to see what we’d like to order.On one end, there was an exposed brick wall by which there was gorgeous vintage china displayed in a stunning antique wooden cabinet. The window sills with glorious views of the garden with clear blue skies (the rain-filled clouds had momentarily disappeared) were decorated with violas from the garden.As we settled down at a table, the owners told us that since no one had visited the tea room recently, the owners hadn’t made the traditional scones, but nevertheless, we decided to have the cream tea anyways, as it promised to very authentic (minus the scones, of course).
We ordered cups of British tea, with Coconut Macaroons, Apple Cake, Victoria Sponge Cake and a Rocky Road Brownie.
The tea was lovely, and though I’m not much of a tea drinker, it was pleasant and warming.
The Coconut Macaroon was great too, crunchy shell with a yummy soft interior.The Apple Cake was moist and exquisite with a crunchy layer of nuts on top. The cake was dotted with apple pieces inside, which is what made it so delectable.For me, the Victoria Sponge Cake stole the show with clotted cream and fruit jam between two layers of vanilla cake. Simply moreish, it was my favorite of all!The Rocky Road Brownie was chocolatey and fudgy, with the nuts and soft, pillowy marshmallows adding both flavor and texture depth to the brownie.With scrumptious food and fantastic service in a homely setting, this was a well-deserved break from the long journey as we soaked in the breath-taking views of the rolling, green hills. And then it was back on the road to Knighton…
The Wildegoose Tearoom is located in the Wildegoose Nursery:
The Walled Garden
Photos by Diva Shah