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A Good Walk

Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms

A lovely walk to Parwich's nearest (and finest) tea rooms!

Rather late in the day, I spotted on Facebook this morning that Herbert’s Fine English Tea Rooms had opened in Tissington on March 1st. Being both late and slow, it took me a second or two to realise that this was not a new tea rooms at all but the Old Coach House transformed. Never slow to research new food experiences – and how convenient, on a Saturday, with my brother John staying for the weekend…

Off we set almost immediately as soon as we’d finished breakfast. The walk over the hills to Tissington never fails to charm, but it was a rather muddy charm today, and although the weather was dry we did not have the blazing sun we’d all been led to expect.

As soon as we reached Tissington, apart from stopping off to buy a pound of sausages and some black pudding from the butcher’s, we went straight to Herbert’s. Not surprisingly, the actual building doesn’t look any different from how it did in its past life but the minute you go in the feel is very different, with ‘its quirky decor and array of vintage china’, waitress service and a new and most attractive menu.

We were charmingly greeted and served. Anticipating a large dinner tonight we only had a drink each, and a (large) bowl of quite delicious cherry tomato and basil soup, with a very fresh roll and butter. At £4.25 this was cheaper than most places round here, and the soup quite delicious by any standard.

The place was bustling, and one can see why. It is open every day from now until 31st October, from 10.30 to 5. Meals are served from 10.30 to 3 (breakfast 10.30 to 12, lunch from 12 to 3 and presumably afternoon tea doesn’t count as a meal and can be had all day).

We liked the old Coach House, but like this even more and can recommend it thoroughly as a lovely place for friends and guests to go. We shall go a lot, I can see. I rather fancy their breakfast ‘Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg Muffin’ and their Sparkling English Cream tea for Two. The latter sounds perfect for our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn guests!

Discussion

2 comments for “Herbert’s very fine Fine English Tea Rooms”

  1. Thank you for your comments, the team at Herberts are really turning it round. Your blog is greatly valued to help us spread the word. Best wishes Dave Walker

    Posted by Dave Walker | March 16, 2014, 11:02 pm
    • Thank you, Dave! Everything truly was lovely and Herbert’s really deserves to do well. We can guarantee a steady stream of Tom’s and Douglas’s Barn guests – who all appreciate nice food – plus John and me whenever we can find the slightest opportunity! I think all of our guests have been since the tea rooms opened and all have reported most enthusiastically – both about the food and also about how pleasantly they were looked after…several thrilled to identify Fiona from the leaflet!

      Posted by Marion F-S | March 17, 2014, 5:29 pm

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