Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cosy Corner Tea Room, Builth Wells, Wales

Our day trip to Builth Wells, Wales was a little trip down memory lane for GJ and I. We stayed in Builth Wells in 1995 as chaperone's with the #2 daughter's teenage folk dance group from our southern KY town. In 1995 the group had a meal at the Cosy Corner Tea Room. We were pleased to find it still there with the same owners who have been operating it for 25 years. We were seated at a table near four elderly ladies who met there with their market baskets on Monday for lunch and a discussion of the local economy, health care, etc. They were fascinated to learn that we had come back to their little town after 13 years. We discovered many people on this trip started up conversations with us just to hear us talk. Several said we sounded different from other Americans they had met or heard on TV. They loved talking to AJ and believe me, he loved talking with them!

Mrs. Muffin's Cream Tea in Ledbury

I read about Mrs. Muffin's Teashop in the book AA Britain's Best Afternoon Tea. This tearoom is located in the Herefordshire town of Ledbury. We stopped for cream tea on Monday afternoon on our return to Campden from Wales. Mrs. Muffin's is located on Church Street. Usually you just look for the church and that is Church Street. It was a little more tricky in Ledbury because Church Street was actually a cobblestone walkway off the old market. I asked for directions at the Tourist Information Center and we were within less than a block of the tearoom. We were greeted and given a choice of sitting in one of the two cosy interior rooms (seats 36 total) or in the garden. We chose the garden seating. The weather was nice when we arrived but the rain started to fall (again!) just as we finished our tea. We enjoyed chatting with a local couple also seated in the garden. The gentleman told us where he was from, the jam goes on the scone before the clotted cream. We could debate that one forever!
Notice in the photo Mrs. Muffin's cream tea included one plain scone and one fruit scone, and both are sprinkled with powdered sugar. The generous portions of clotted cream and jam were for the 3 of us.

Savory Cheese Scones

After attending a community outdoor church service on Sunday morning, AJ "discovered" a late breakfast of savory (or savoury to the Brits) cheese scones served warm with butter and a big cup of hot chocolate! (The cheese scone is in the background of the top photo.) The Bantam Tearoom is about a 5 minute walk from our cottage and became AJ's favorite! GJ enjoyed the cakes shown in the photo of the window.

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