When I think of the word tearoom, I think of delicate cups and saucers, rows of homemade cakes and fresh scones lavished with cream and jam, all in a quaint setting with a cosy atmosphere.
And this is exactly how I would describe Penshaw Tea Room.
It’s not only wedges of cake and enormous scones that the tearoom has to offer, but a variety of freshly prepared sandwiches, paninis, wraps, toasties, jacket potatoes and a selection of homemade pies and quiches.
Although the deep filled pies from behind the glass cabinet caught my eye, my mam and I decided to opt for the chicken, cheese and barbecue panini and the pork, stuffing and apple sandwich from the specials board.
Along with two pots of tea our order came to just over £14, which was a decent price considering the size of the portions.
After picking up our cutlery, napkins and sugars we managed to grab the last window seat. This was a good choice as it boasted magnificent views of Penshaw Monument, which is only a stone’s throw away from the venue.
The tearoom itself is based in a converted barn and the exposed beams help to lend it a rustic charm.
Before my coat was even off, our teas had arrived – now that’s what I call a speedy service.
Two cups and saucers accompanied by two larger than average sized teapots. One would have easily been enough for the two of us, but both being tea lovers it was definitely a plus.
I have to admit I’m not usually a panini sort of girl, but this one in particular made me question why.
The blend of sweet sauce and sticky savoury cheese had my tastebuds tingling, while the warm bread smelt heavenly – it was delicious.
My mam was surprised when she tucked into her sandwich to find that the pork was still warm, which she absolutely loved along with the taste of the stuffing and apple sauce together.
The sides were an ample amount, which included homemade coleslaw, a mixed salad containing lettuce, red onion, cucumber, tomato and finished off with a drizzle of dressing and a handful of hand-cut crisps.
Once we cleared our plates, we continued to finish our pots of tea while debating if we should get something sweet.
After hemming and hawing, we decided we’d try and be good.
Contently filled, we got up to leave, however, when walking past the glass cabinet the temptation to sample some of their homemade delights proved too much.
In the end we left with two scones, a few slices of pie and the promise we’d be back to try their mouth-watering cakes.