We are so proud of what we have achieved in the short space of time since we opened a year ago. The generous feedback that we have received from so many happy customers prompted us to put ourselves forward for the Taste of Herriot Tea Room of the Year Award. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted from amongst a record number of entries.
At the heart of all we do is a simple principle: keep it local, and provide a warm, welcoming environment where people feel relaxed; happy to meet and chat with friends. Here, with us, they can bring the children, bring the dogs, park their bikes, hitch their horses, or rest after a long walk or run, and read our selection of daily papers and magazines. They can tuck into delicious homemade cakes, scones and tray-bakes, or enjoy savoury snacks such as homemade soup and locally sourced quiches and pies.
Bev lives just round the corner and bakes all our goodies in her delightful Swainby cottage. Each morning she delivers the scones for the day, fresh from the oven. She loves the fact that so many of our customers have already earmarked their favourites. She also loves experimenting with local seasonal produce. So, for example, the plums that we were given in the summer found their way into some sweet scones, while chives or leeks from a villager’s garden add flavour to the cheddar or Stilton versions. And, of course, she is now busy using up the last of the autumn’s apples before preparing treats for Christmas.
However, we are definitely more than just a tea-room. The quality of the tea, coffee and soft drinks goes without saying, along with the ice cream, clotted cream and other bits and bobs, all locally sourced; but we feel it is because we are all locals ourselves that makes the real difference. We live in, love and know our area inside out. We know and care for each other and all the local families who visit us.
John is usually on hand to give advice about walks and bike rides in the area and provides a range of bikes for hire (or sale) and plenty of support and back-up.
Another special feature is our art gallery. Jane, who also lives in the village is an artist who exhibits far and wide – and in the Rusty Bike. Her work captures the light on the nearby moors and coastline. Along with her paintings we have a range of her cards for sale.
We also sell local honey (from Blackhorse Lane), and a range of small gifts that are just a bit different.
We love our work and all the people who call in, and we certainly love our food.
(PS we also love our local milkman, Ian, who keeps us topped up every day.)