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“Coffee stop.”

Brambles Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Called in today for coffee and a fruit scone. Used to be a regular haunt before the farm shop at Pittington opened and we discovered the Tea Barn at Pity Me. Unfortunately our double shot decaf latte was just like drinking coloured milk and we could not butter the scones as they crumbled when they were cut. We would never order the cheese scones anyway as they are disgusting. One expects a cheese scone to be savoury, maybe with some mustard and herb, but these are very sweet plain scones with a bit of melted cheese on the top. This is where Shincliffe let's itself down. There is only toast if you fancy something savoury as the scones are both sweet and they don't do English muffins or crumpets. Don't understand this as crumpets are a doddle to do from frozen and most of their stuff is frozen and microwaved. The cakes are also very poor when contrasted with the other two places. I don't agree with the ageist review as the place is often full of mothers with babies and families. It is also a nice place to sit out in the summer. There is no compromise for dogs inside and there is an opportunity to let dog owners sit in the corridor but you are able to sit under the eves outside if it rains. Also don't agree with the review that talked about poor staff. We have always found that most of the staff are friendly and they work very hard. We have never seen them talking instead of working. The place is also always spotless even when people have left their table and carpet in a deplorable state, as some families do, the staff clear up immediately. The toilets are also very clean.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

A friend of mine had recommended the Gardeners Afternoon Tea and by looking at the online photos, it was easy to see why this would attract afternoon tea fans.

From the moment we arrived and were shown to our table to waitress was super friendly and helpful. We got to choose from a selection of sandwich fillings and within 5 minutes our afternoon team was served to us, prior to this we had also been served our chosen hot drink.

The afternoon tea itself was delightful. Food served on a picnic bench, smoothies is glass wellingtons and crisps in a plant pot, I loved how the theme tied in with the location. I can honestly say everything was delicious and there was plenty of food.

Throughout our reservation we offered fresh tea/coffee and ask if we required anything else, the service was impeccable. We were offered take-away boxed to take home the food we were unable to eat.

The only bit of constructive criticism I have is there was only one of each dessert, all were were size so we had to halve all to sample. Because they are bite size I think there should be a dessert for each guest.

I enjoyed this so much, I have booked to come again with family in May.

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Thank LennyBen
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Part of a garden centre but many go just for teh food. Good range of hot and cold and does do lunches too.

1  Thank liverpoolfan2016
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Had the most amazing afternoon tea everything was so fresh .A lovely way of presenting afternoon tea on a picnic table smoothies came in glass wellington boots great selection priced at £14.99 per person well worth the money will definitely go back

Thank DebbieBrown2015
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Early treat for mothers day. Unlimited tea and fizzy drinks and drink from chiller too. 2 types of sandwich. Savouries. cakes. smoothie. Scone. Crisps . Cheese n pickled onions. Defo be back

Thank mturnbull
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