We stopped off at the Wee Blether Tearoom in Kinlochard (near Loch Lomond) just because it had fun signs and looked like a cheerful place to break our journey and pick up a snack. I do love a good tea room, as regular readers will know. We were after a light lunch, and tossing up between soup or a sandwich, or just a slice of amazing-looking cake.
And then we spotted the "Afternoon Picnic" which offered a meal with sandwiches, a slice of cake, and a scone, served with coffee... for the bargain price of just £6.50.
There's a whole wall of cake to choose from, arranged on the shelves of a tall wooden dresser. I went for Victoria sponge and Andy picked the cranachan cake - a cake-ified version of the traditional Scottish dessert made from oats, raspberries, whiskey and honey. We chatted with the lady who devised the recipe, who bakes in much the same way that I do - on the principle that flavours which work together in one form, probably also work together in other contexts. The cranachan ingredients certainly made a good cake. As for my Victoria sponge, it was light and airy, and I only discovered later that it was a gluten free recipe!
The cakes came in huge, hearty slabs, the scones were packed with fruit, and the sandwiches (cheese and onion for me, salmon for Andy) were freshly made and very tasty. My only minor niggle is that I thought I'd ordered cheese and pickle - and I'm sure they would have changed it if I'd asked, but when I saw the crunchy red onion I decided I'd prefer to stick with the mistake!
There's plenty of outdoor seating, though I insisted on staying inside out of the glaring sun - we got a window seat, so we still had the benefit of gorgeous views across the lake. The staff were friendly and it was, indeed, a lovely little spot for a "picnic."