Coffee stop: Barn happy

Coffee stop: Barn happy

Jane Pikett stops off at the Tea Barn

If there’s one thing I like, it’s a really good plant nursery. That, and a tea room with really good cakes, wraps, homemade burgers, lovely afternoon teas and the like, housed in a big airy former barn with solid wooden furniture and thick stone walls.

I like both the above even more when they come as a package, and Pity Me Nursery and Tea Barn are that thing – a seriously good plant shop and café in one, both so good that it’s difficult to decide which to patronise first – the poly tunnels or the cake counter.

The latter is generally our first stop, basically because we’re greedy and, well, you can shop for plants more easily on a full stomach, can’t you?

On our last visit we came home with a stunning arum lily for the garden (a bargain at £15) and two lovely house orchids (a fiver each!), having enjoyed an accomplished cappucino in the Tea Barn, accompanied by a big slice of proper homemade ham and egg pie and a generous slice of lemon cake.

Newly extended to take in lots of light from the big bi-fold doors, the Tea Barn is lively with customers all day long, and deservedly so. A plant-lover’s paradise, to be sure.

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