Studland Tea Shop
we visit a small teashop in Dorset. In this short article there
are a few pictures and an introduction to the sort of foods you might find in a teashop.
little tea shop has been created from some of the old farm
buildings belonging to Manor Farm in the village of Studland,
Dorset. It is called 'Manor Farm Tea Rooms.' Have a look in
the Town and Country section to see an article about the Open
Gardens of Studland, which I visited on the same day.
entrance to the tearooms is in the corner of this farmyard. The
building looks like an old stable block. There are tables
outside for fine days, but the day I visited it was overcast and
it fact it rained heavily later.
tearoom the decoration was quite simple, but newly painted and looking very
fresh. I liked the old tiled floor and the exposed wooden beams of the
ceiling. The walls were a traditional cream colour - to match
the fresh cream they were selling no doubt. On the walls were some old
photographs of the local area, showing the history of the area.
Most of the customers were
people visiting the Open Gardens that day. However this is also popular
walking country ( there are some lovely walks along a range of nearby
hills, or along the coast) and I noticed a few people arrive wearing walking boots.
was typical of this type of cafe, just snacks and 'light' lunches, but most of the food
was homemade and looked delicious. Just what you need after a walk in
When soup is on offer you
need to ask what flavour it is, as it
varies from day to day. Often it is vegetable soup, but it could be
tomato, leek and potato, or mushroom. Or maybe something more
unusual. If the soup is homemade it is a good choice, but some
cafes use powdered soup mixes that they buy in bulk, so it is always
worth checking if the soup is homemade too.
ploughman's lunches in the British foods section.
Baked beans are
difficult to explain! You purchase a tin of baked beans and heat them up to put
on toast or eat them with a meal. The beans are in a tomato sauce. Quite
often they are served with an English fried breakfast. They are
very popular with children, but adults eat them too.
Do let us know if you
have any questions about items on the menu.
had a toasted sandwich - in fact, this one! It contained cheese
and tomato, but you could choose any combination of cheese,
onion, tomato and tuna.
Some of the dishes are available
'with salad', but this small amount of lettuce and tomato is not
what they mean. This is a salad 'garnish'. If you order the
'quiche with salad' for instance you get a plate full of mixed
salad, a much bigger portion than this.
is the other side of the menu. Often in cafes you can only order ' a pot
of tea' rather than a cup of tea. Each customer receives a small
individual teapot and there is
usually enough tea and milk provided for at least two cupfuls per
If you order a pot of
tea (rather than a cup) you usually receive both a small teapot,
plus second small pot containing hot water, which you can use to
top up the teapot and have a second cuppa from the same teapot. 'Cuppa'
is slang for a cup of tea.
You order ' a pot of tea for
one' or ' a pot of tea for two'. If you order for two you normally get
one larger teapot which you share between two people, plus a jug of hot
The cream tea is also explained in the
British foods section.
The cakes here were
all home made. There was a large wooden dresser on one side of the room with
lots of cakes displayed. You just chose which one you wanted and the
waitress would cut you a slice and bring it to your table. I shared a
large slice of Victoria sponge with my friend.
tearoom seemed to be run by the local ladies on a casual basis, I should
imagine only in the summer months.
There was a sign on the door saying
that ' sometimes we open at 11am but sometimes we are here earlier and
sometimes we are here late in the evening - if it is a nice day'. So I
cannot tell you opening times!
If you are ever in Studland just ask
someone for directions, it is a small village and everyone would know
where the tearooms are and if they are still open for business. If you visit the ancient
church in the village, the tearooms