I'd had a bit of a bad day last Friday (don't ask!) so when my husband asked if there was anything he could do to cheer me up on Saturday, I suggested we could go "somewhere nice" for a cream tea and maybe a bit of a walk. It's times like these that I'm grateful I live in the Cotswolds.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a charming, fairly typical Cotswold town with no shortage of tearooms - sadly we didn't have time to visit all of them for a proper comparison, so we'll just have to make a return visit! After a quick stroll through the streets, looking at menus and peering into windows, we settled on Ann Willow's for a light lunch.
Everywhere was rather busy (it was, after all, Saturday in tourist-land), but we somehow managed to get a seat in the amazing bay window, with a view out onto the square which was great for people-watching.
The soup of the day was potato & courgette, which appealed to both of us, and it was very tasty, though slightly saltier than I'd have made it myself. The soup was served with half a baguette and plenty of butter (at room temperature, and consequently easy to spread, which so many places don't think of).
We then had coffee (which was fine but unexceptional) and scones. The scones were delicious: they were served warm, fresh from the oven, and were obviously hand-made (look at the irregular shapes). It's often the case that "fruit scones" really means "raisin scones", but in this case there was mixed fruit, which was a pleasant surprise. The only down-side was that they were rather small scones (I could easily have eaten two, even after the soup), although the servings of jam and clotted cream were suitably generous.
Everything was served on Willow Pattern china, which ties in nicely with the name, although in my personal opinion it looks rather odd with the green soup! We paid £7.50 each, and while it wasn't the best value meal I've eaten, I was happy that the quality (especially the scones) made up for small-ish portion sizes, and the prices were certainly comparable with the other teashops in the area.
|Address:||The Square, Stow on the Wold, GL54 1AB|
|Date Visited:||18th October 2009|