My wife and I really enjoy going out for afternoon tea (especially if it includes a glass of something bubbly!), so when we saw a local farm advertising this one, we just had to go for it!
Ullacombe Farm is these days so much more than a farm. They have diversified (as many have) to offer a farm shop with local produce, an excellent butcher’s, play areas for younger children, and a cafe/restaurant. In addition, it’s delightfully situated on the edge of Dartmoor, as you drive from Bovey Tracey to the nearest high point of the moor at Haytor.
You may have thought that one afternoon tea is very much like any other. This one, however, was unlike any we’d had before – a “twisted” afternoon tea with a festive flavour. Yes, there were sandwiches, but in this case turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches of such a generous size that we didn’t think we’d get past the savoury course. Alongside these were festive pigs in blankets and mozzarella sticks with a dipping sauce (which was hot!).
Moving on to the sweet stuff (!), a nice touch was a hot chocolate sauce in which to dip waffle pieces, marshmallows and strawberries. Further, being out for tea in Devon, you cannot forget the scones with jam and cream – cream first, of course! The last of the festive flavours were mince pies. I won’t tell you at what point we ran out of steam and gave in to the ‘doggie bag’, but it will suffice to say that we enjoyed what we couldn’t manage the following day!
Overall, great food and excellent value. At £30 for two, including bubbly, the price compares favourably with afternoon teas we’ve had elsewhere. If you happen to live in the vicinity, or are passing this way, and fancy a treat, I can thoroughly recommend it!