After spending the day at Bolsover Castle with the two grandchildren, daughter and I headed to the tea room. A slice of cake is the highlight of a day out…. This is a functional rather than attractive area off the shop. There is more seating outside if the weather is warm.
It was early afternoon and even though the queue was short, service was excruciatingly slow. The sandwiches had been well picked over and there was only one packet left. Don’t leave it too late if you want something more substantial to eat, although there were bacon baps on the menu – if you were prepared to wait for them….
The choice of cake was either an eggless sponge with cream and strawberries or lemon, orange and lime drizzle cake. Tray bakes included flapjack and caramel shortbread. There were gingerbread men for the kids and also a selection of scones. There was a reasonable choice of herbal teas and a limited selection of cold fizzy drinks.
Tea for one came in a generous tea pot with a large cup. The lemon, orange and lime drizzle cake was a small slice of very moist and tasty sponge with a thin layer of icing. At over £3 I felt it was expensive. The two boys settled for a gingerbread man apiece. As usual we ended up finishing them. They were fairly tough and difficult to bite through and weren’t particularly gingery. At £1.95 each, our overall verdict was disappointing.
There is a limited choice of hot meals at lunchtime and again these seemed expensive. For those wanting a meal, the “Pillar of Rock”:http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review?id=154481 next to the castle is probably a better bet.