The village shop in Curry Mallet, deep in the heart of South Somerset and right on the edge of the Somerset Levels, is an absolute delight for anyone who takes their teatime treats seriously. From her tiny kitchen Julia Langley produces the best scones I have ever tasted, meltingly wonderful chocolate brownies, fresh-from-the-oven croissants and Danish pastries and a whole range of even-better-than-home-cooked cakes and savouries. Right on cycle route 33, with tables outside under the chestnut tree or inside among displays of local crafts, it’s not surprising that this place is regularly listed as "tea-stop of the year" by Somerset cycling organisations. In summer a "tiffin tent" is erected outside to provide more space for hungry visitors. This is the perfect place to refuel after a cycle around the Somerset Lanes or a trip to nearby Swell Woods - England's largest Heronry. Don't miss the cappuccino slices or, if your taste runs to more savoury treats, my own personal favourite - the Mediterranean scrolls. More than just a teashop this tiny place is also post-office, village stores and heart of the local community.
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