Duddleswell Tea Rooms, Kent
There is something so very British about a gorgeous Spring sunny day and indulging on Afternoon Tea in the wild outdoors.
Once the sun emerges from hibernation of harsh winter months, British people act like it’s the summer. Vest tops and shorts come out, flip flops on, sunglasses perched on their heads, and chins lifted upwards towards the sky, like lizards basking in the sun.
I had just come back from a very hot Greek Island [Click Here for the post!], and I was craving some British tradition.
Kent has some absolutely stunning countryside. If you have a car, it really is worth a drive out of the City to get some fresh air. Fields roll out as far as you can see, and little quaint villages with pubs, antique shops and farm shops scatter here and there. My favourite in this neck of the woods is Duddleswell Tea Rooms in the Ashdown Forest.
I had been coming here for years. It is in the middle of no where, but the scones is what you drive hours for. It has become so popular lately, even on rainy days, they have queues out the door. Their menu is limited to sandwiches, scones and cakes. Oh, and plenty of tea. You’re not going to expect silver cutlery and fine China teacups, but it’s rustic and countryside-like and this feels very British to me. It’s so comforting. Sitting at the outside tables with the sun gleaming down on you, whilst you sip on House Blend and slather clotted cream and strawberry jam onto large homemade scones, you feel at right with the world again.
Bluebells are in season right now and they are everywhere you look on the woodland floor. I could not resist but to stop and marvel at hills with this blue carpet!
There’s nothing better than driving down country lanes, winding down your car windows, taking a long breathe in and feel all the goodness of British countryside fill your lungs and your heart. Contentment at its best.