More treats right on our doorstep in Willington can be found at Bevington’s Tea Room and I visited earlier this week as an early Mother's Day treat with my mum. This quaint white cottage in the village centre is the next-door neighbour of the Dragon, and may well be the cause of some agonising among the hungry over which of the two to visit. Bevington’s has everything you’d hope for in a traditional tea shop: rose-patterned wallpaper; vintage china, both on display and on the table; tea in proper teapots; fancy cups; sugar lumps with tongs; excellent tea and coffee; and a wide range of sweet and savoury delights.
You’re also assured of a friendly welcome, especially when you use your Silver Ann 2 discount card. If you’re lucky you might also be party to some of Mark’s banter with his regulars. They were discussing the next day’s lunch menu when we arrived; Mark was jokingly pondering adding Thai curry to the menu but the old boy didn’t fancy the prospect much. He was similarly wary of Coq au Vin, but much keener on Chicken in Red Wine!
As you can see, you won’t be disappointed if you plan to lunch at Bevington’s, and hearty breakfasts are also a speciality. But we were determined to take tea, and our three-tier, tea-for-two stand was piled high with goodies. White and granary sandwiches with beef & horseradish, home-cooked ham, chicken salad and cheese & tomato. Well-risen scones with a choice of strawberry and raspberry jams and clotted cream. And best of all, two thick slabs of sponge cake, which we took home for later. That evening, our verdict was that the salted caramel cake trumped the coffee and walnut. But it was very close.
You can read more about Bevingtons and other places to visit on our 'Things to Do' page here
Bevingtons Tea Room and Gifts, 5, The Green, Willington, DE65 6BP
We are Dan & Mary-Ann Griffin. Husband and Wife. Parents to Isabelle & James.