We had been pottering about the Surrey Hills, stopping off at various pubs for lunch and drinks. You can read all about that here. When I suddenly realised we were just a short drive away from the village of Shere. I remember a friend visiting Shere and telling me about its fame, as well as being a quaint little village. There have been many films set in Shere and you can see why is the quintessential English village.
Inside at the Dabbling Duck.
When we arrived the Cafe was very busy, it was 4.30pm on a Saturday prime time for tea & cake I imagine!! But we managed to find a number of seats at the window, which was perfect as I love to people watch. I went up to order, but the kind waiter ushered me back to my seat and came to take our order there!
I could see some large burgers being demolished by some hungry men, and I could hear oohs and ahhhs at the carrot cake that was brought to the table next to us. All in all, I think it's fair to say the food, goes down a treat here.
Beautiful tableware which you can buy.
Theres a slight problem with places like this I really do have to resist the urge to buy a 'souvineer', something beautiful to take home with me. However on this occasion I was very well behaved and didn't purchase any goodies for the home. Although if you ever need a lovely gift for a friend or loved one, Shere could quite well be a one(or two) stop shop, with the adorable The Shere Shop just across the Square.
A pot of tea (courtesy of tea pigs), an americano & two slices of Victotira Sponge.
Total cost: £9.95*
*Please bear in mind that there is a minimum card spend of £10.00. If you need to stock up on some Tea Pigs as well as tea & cake, you'll be just fine! :-)
Up close and personal with the scrummy Victoria Sponge.
Oozing with butter-cream and delicious strawberry jam, you can't beat an old favourite like Victoria Sponge and this on was so tasty! Plus I loved the china. Simple yet very effective.
I just loved everything about this place actually. The bunting, the cake, the shabby chic decorations which you can buy! I'd love to visit the Mother Hen, so to speak. The original cafe is The Speckledy Hen and is Shamley Green.
The busy cafe soon quietened down as it approached closing time 5pm, hence the quieter looking pics. Soon we were on our way back home to London... Although I think I may have fallen in love, so you may find me back here sooner rather than later.
Find out more at: http://thedabblingduck.uk.com