Set in the art and crafts Ferrers Centre at Staunton Harold, the Staunton Stables is a popular tea room, especially at lunch time. It has a bright interior, with the occasional picture on the wall to add a splash of colour. There is even a piano, which I'm sure is used at times to regale the customers with a song. The tables are a good mix of occasional tables for two, along with round tables for a larger group. The tea rooms have a good atmosphere, busy but friendly. Also, if you sit in the main part your sense of smell is treated to aromas pervading from the kitchen.
The menus is fairly comprehensive, ranging from reasonably priced home-made cakes like lemon shortbread, coffee cake and chocolate crisp to name but a few, to a good variety of hot dishes. These include toasties, teacakes, jacket potatoes, chilli etc, as well as daily specials; a little on the pricey side though in comparison to the cakes. Drinks again have a good range from various types of tea and coffee, to cold drinks like J20.
All in all a good tea rooms, with enough variety to satisfy the need for a snack or a meal of greater substance. There is outside seating too, in the picturesque courtyard of the Ferrers Centre, flanked by colourful border flowers.
The tea rooms at Staunton Harold are always busy. Good home cooked food, served in a friendly atmosphere. The toasties are particularly good. Decent slices of bread toasted the old fashioned way, instead of being buttered the wrong side and then squished flat in one of those toastie machines. They serve meals generally along the shepherds pie, chilli con carne style, but it's all great quality, reasonably priced and full of flavour.
There are outside tables as well, so on nice days you can sit in the courtyard, enjoy the various sculptures that are dotted around, and for those budding Kasparov's, play with the enormous chess set (and for those Harry Potter fans out there.. OK, it's not THAT big!). Or you can just people watch as others stroll around the courtyard, which is lined with small shops and galleries that attract a healthy number of visitors. There's even a smithy there if you are in need of a wrought iron gate, or desperate for that perfect weathervane. There is a small shop in one corner that sells mainly childrens toys, and it's fab. I'll find out its name and review it seperately, but it's on the right as you walk into the courtyard from the main entrance.
On its own, the tearooms are probably not worth a special trip, but if you have a spare afternoon, Staunton Harold itself, with its craft shops, galleries, garden centre and fish shop (sorry, I have no idea what a purveyor of fish related products is called, an aquarist?) is worth a visit, and you can always take in some top notch tea room style nosh while you're there!
These tea rooms are a little gem in the Staunton Harold stable block of artisan and craft shops.
It can get quite crowded , especially in summer when there is additional seating outside in fine weather.
Inside the tables are pine but it is light and not overly oldy-worldy.
They do a good range of home cooked produce and you can enjoy anything from a cuppa and cake to a lunch meal. Meals are along the line of quiche, shepherd's pie and jacket potatos. The portions are always big and they use good quality, local products. They make a really tasty meal out and the whole ambience fits with the setting. The staff are very nice even though they are nearly always rushed off their feet.
It is quite expensive to eat there but is well worth the treat if you are having a day out. It is a place where people of all generations and tastes could find something to have and enjoy. Children and babies are welcome.
God this place was bloody awful I ordered a mocha coffe and it was made the strangest way, Cadbury's cocoa powder with coffee and a drop of milk poured in on top! I handed it back saying it looked like mud! Only to be told well what do you want me to do about it?
The tables were not cleared, the toilets were a disgrace and the cutlery filthy!!
Def not a place to visit
Nice setting and ok food. But 70p for a small kitkat seems excessive. There are also rather bossy notices stuck all around that feel abit like being told off, which is odd. Otherwise ok.
Rather expensive for a couple of coffees and toasted teacakes but very very nice nonetheless. The setting probably adds the premium to the price. Wouldn't make a special trip back but the surrounding area is well worth exploring.
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