Filey Brigg is the most famous feature of Filey. A must do is to walk from Filey sands to the very tip of Filey Brigg and have the sea all around you splashing in your face - it is really exhilarating. But this is a dangerous walk as you can only do it at low tide and you MUST get off the brigg at least two hours BEFORE high tide to avoid being trapped on the brigg. It is wise to check the tide times before you set off. The times of the tides on each day are clearly posted around Filey sands.
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The walk up on Carr Naze above Filey Bay has the best views of the bay and Bempton cliffs. On a good clear day you can see right across to Scarborough and its castle on the west side of the naze. Be careful though as the soft clay cliffs around Carr Naze are prone to erosion and landslides.
A must is following the narrow path to its end where you can admire the tip of Filey Brigg from a high and safer viewpoint
Carr Naze is part of Filey Brigg Country Park
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This twelfth century church is Filey's oldest building and a truly charming hidden charm of the town. Well worth a visit on the walk between Filey train station and Filey Brigg Country Park as it has examples of the main features of Norman architecture.
5 Belle Vue Crescent, Filey, YO14 9AD
This tranquil open space on the outskirts of Filey has the most encompassing views stretching from Filey Bay, Filey itself to Bempton cliffs and Flamborough Head. It is free entry so go early to avoid the tourist crowds and to appreciate the view fully.
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They are based online but are currently doing some pop up shows. It's great a local gallery is looking for new and up and coming artists and not only that what they sell is pretty damn cool. Their framing is second to none and to be fair I dont know of anything or one like them in the Midlands.
+44(0)121 236 7557
This historical building is the perfect retreat from today's hectic rat race. Goodrich Castle is reached by a gentle walk through the perfect English village complete with old -fashioned Post Office-cum general store and fine fayre pub. At 200 paces, the River Wye provides excellent canoeing for the more active visitor. Further afield, the Forest of Dean serves up a range of outdoor activities. The tranquility of the Priory complements whatever your day has brought. The self-catering appartments furnished to a very high standard with log fires make the perfect ending to your physical days - they even take dogs.
And not an air-mile in sight, so even your conscience is at peace!
Between Covent Garden and the Thames, down Villiers St off the historic Strand awaits Gordon’s Wine Bar. This is London’s oldest wine bar and must be one of the world’s best. Visiting Gordon’s is a unique experience of London’s history. Before becoming a wine bar in 1890, the building was home to Samuel Pepys, and also an illustrious brothel or two. Outside, in Villiers St, the building now has the appearance of a deserted and condemned old building from Dickensian London and is often unrecognised by the most dedicated visitors. The only clue is the dusty original gas-lit lamp above the door, labelled “Gordon’s Wine Bar”. Take the narrow steps down into the unlikely darkness.
The bar has the appearance and feel of a dark basement untouched since Pepys left. Nicotine stained walls of tongue-n-groove boards, history-stained stone floors, and rickety tables and chairs under the low, brick-domed ceiling of the original wine cellars are not retro but original features. Candles light the reticent faces of illicit encounters. The staff are efficient and friendly and pull schooners and beakers of sherry, Madeiras, or port from the barrels stacked behind the bar. Excellent wines are also available by bottle or glass. Recently homemade food has been introduced, and the tables spill out into Watergate Walk to the side. But stay indoors to enjoy the uniqueness and excellence of Gordon’s Wine Bar, and drink deep the history of London.
A slightly leftfield but still on topic choice would be any of Bristol’s lush Thali Cafes. The British Raj style-decor conjures up nostalgia for the last days of British Empire with a menu to match. Do check out the website to get some kind of flavour. Tea wise, one would only go there to drink Masala Chai – a drink owing its existence purely to the British East India Company – which is essentially cooked spiced tea. There is a host of savoury snacks and a limited selection of desserts to choose from, the best being Kulfi ice cream.
From 6pm the ambience changes and it takes on its award-winning restaurant persona.
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.
Inverary is a great little place on Loch Fyne, with mountain views, a castle and a perfectly-preserved 18th century small town layout. Plus a jail to visit. But there is also the Woollen Mill, with all the clothing that you could want - and that's sometimes a lot(!) - a whisky shop and a cafe upstairs, where they do two cream teas for £4.95, including cakes, sandwiches, scones and cream. Worth the trip.
The Anvil, Front St, Inveraray, Argyll, PA328LY
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It’s an age old debate: whether to spread jam or clotted cream first on a scone? Whether you like your dollop of jam first, or lashings of clotted cream take priority, Annie’s Tea Room in Thrupp, Oxfordshire is the perfect place to ponder this delightful dilemma. Originally part of an old British Waterways yard, the tearooms are set in a sleepy, canal-side hamlet near a nature reserve.
Annie’s offers a range of tempting cakes all made from scratch, but quite the best are their large home-baked scones. Nowhere else I am happier waiting for 10 minutes for my food to arrive warm and fresh from the oven! A lazy country walk along the canal or Chiltern River awaits afterwards if one feels the need to be virtuous after a little overindulgence.
A real hidden gem in this pretty thatch village. Sit in the garden on a fine day and enjoy home made scones, cakes and jam with local cream. You have to drive around the village centre and park near the church then walk into village. A real find that you would not know was there unless someone told you.
The Tea Room is run by volunteers from the parish and wider community as part of their Benedictine Hospitality. They serve homemade cakes and scones, as well as delicious homemade soup and baked potatoes.
On Sunday, between 1.30 and 4pm you might find local Girl Guides serving the teas.
Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5RZ
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Stroll through the diverse array of sculptures in the Broomhill gardens to the hotel, partly obscured by trees (and a giant red stilleto) for a cream tea. The jam is fruity and not too sweet, the cream piled high and the scones mountainous. One of those times in life where the food, the location and the company combine to make something much more than the sum of its parts.
While on a walk in the New Forest I came across the delight that is the Station House in Holmsley. To see a sympathetically restored train station in pristine condition in use as a tea room is something I could not just pass by. With its traditional style tea room interior and unique outside selling area it meant anyone could enjoy the scrumptious homemade delights made from local produce. I chose to sit outside and found it a great pleasure to sit on the restored platform looking over the beautiful forests while enjoying a delectable Millionaire's shortcake. An extremely wide range of treats were available, ranging from the more healthy lunch menu to the irresistable afternoon tea and cake selection. There is also a delightful-looking supper menu. Another aspect I really liked was that it is great for walkers and cyclists. I enjoyed my little taster of the Station House considerably and look forward to going again some time soon.
The David Mellor Design Cafe is a quintessentially British place for a cup of tea and cake, just don't expect it to be served in a floral cup and saucer. As one of the key British designers of the 20th century, the cafe epitomises David Mellor, simple, modern and stylish. The food, soups, sandwiches and cakes, come in delicious combinations of flavours. The white chocolate and cranberry scones are a particular favourite. On your way out don't forget to spot the set of working (David Mellor designed) traffic lights in the gardens!
This delightful ex-fisherman's cottage overlooks the pier with sweeping views beyond up Loch Broom.
Gill and Bob serve delicious Scottish cream tea and homemade cakes but it was the sound of Gill's laughter that initially attracted us. Take advantage of the cosy interior on a windy day and watch the fishing boats and Calmac ferries on their way to and from Stornoway. Brill!
17 Shore St, Ullapool, IV26 2UJ
+44(0)1854 613 346
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It could be the hearty soups. It could be the generous cakes. It could be the stacks of magazines, the authentic ethnic home wares or the kitsch and colourful decor. Combine these with ivy sprouting through the wall and you have a real countryside discovery. They sell plants too.
Held in community halls throughout the summer, Sunday Teas raise funds for good causes. Pay a small entrance fee and help yourself to delicious home bakes and savoury bannocks (a Shetland speciality). It’s not unusual to see several tables covered in all sorts of cakes and attentive tea and coffee bearers ensure your cup is never empty. A welcome treat after a morning exploring wild beaches, Sunday Teas are also a great way to experience the vibrancy of community life in Shetland.
Tea venues are advertised in the back pages of the weekly Shetland Times.
A beautiful Victorian tea room set in a building dating back to 1675 and serving wonderful traditional afternoon tea on three tier stands. The choice of tea is fantastic, all loose leaf and served in beautiful bone china. Everything is authentic in this stunning building, from the china, the paintings on the walls to the Victorian costumes the staff wear, it really does feel like you've stepped back in time. They also serve delicious homemade cakes, pastries and sandwiches. We came away feeling like we had an experience rather than just an afternoon tea. Fantastic, relaxing and very very tasty :-)
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