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Review: Rievaulx Abbey Tea Rooms


nr Helmsley, United Kingdom

Generous portions of freshly prepared food and excellent cakes

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • Oct 2014
  • Nr Helmsley
  • Casual
  • British

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The ruins of Rievaulx Abbey tucked away under the steep hillside of the River Rye must be one of the most attractive of the great ruined abbeys of Yorkshire. We always enjoy visiting and this always includes a visit to the very good tea room.

This is a pleasant room off the shop, with red quarry tiles on the floor, pale yellow walls with pictures of the abbey and sturdy pale wood tables and chairs. There is outside seating for nice days. The small counter to place orders had a very tempting range of cakes. Being lunchtime we chose a bowl of soup each followed by a slice of cake.

The soup was a very generous helping served in a big bowl with two big hunks of very nice granary bread and a chunk of butter. The soup was pumpkin and buttersquash and was thick and tasty. At £4.85 it filled us up.

The cake to follow was sheer greed but justified on the grounds of research. There was such a good choice too and it was a difficult decision. There were Yorkshire curd tarts, flapjack, caramel slice or scones. There was citrus cake, chocolate and orange cake, Victoria sandwich, or chocolate cake. Tea loaves included Brother Anthony’s tea loaf, ginger cake, banana and walnut sultana cake and courgette and walnut cake.

Not being able to make up our minds, we chose a slice of Brother Anthony’s fruit loaf and a slice of walnut and courgette cake and split them between us. They were generous slices and plenty for two.

Brother Anthony’s fruit loaf was a typical old fashioned spice fruit cake with plenty of fruit and glacé cherries. It was a good reliable choice. The courgette and walnut cake was completely different. it was moist being made with oil and slightly crumbly with coarsely grated courgette, big chunks of walnut and some dried fruit It wasn’t at all sweet. it had been lightly flavoured with spice, but we couldn’t identify which one. It was delicious and definitely recommended.

This was washed down with a pot of tea – a proper man’s tea for Michael and herbal for me, from a choice of camomile, raspberry and vanilla or blackberry and elderflower. It was served in big white tea pots with a pot of hot water which gave us four big cups each,

At £9.25 each, we felt this was good value.

The tea room also serves jacket potatoes and sandwiches, both served with mixed salad and crisps. The sandwiches are freshly made on either granary or white bread and looked to provide a substantial meal for £5.85. A walkers special of soup sandwich and tea or coffee is £7.50.

Afternoon tea with cake and scone is £5. 85. The tea room also serves Children’s size portions.

This place is highly recommended. Staff are good and service is quick. All the cakes are locally made.

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