Having ventured out on the weekly supermarket shop early Saturday morning and completed the ordeal, we decided that we deserved a (rare) treat; perhaps a trip out to a tearoom would be just what we both needed to start the weekend off properly.
With this mission in mind, my partner and myself were fortunate to stumble on The Railway Tearooms in Belper. What a fabulous discovery; it’s like finding a secret tearoom. Tucked away down a walkway alongside the railway track is this exciting little find. This quirky, enchanting tearoom in Belper is where we chose to escape and have an unwinding, relaxing spot of lunch.
On arrival we were greeted by Clare who made us feel very welcome. Clare is the enthusiastic, bubbly sole owner of The Railway Tearooms. Having earlier lived in Birmingham, Clare originally came from a background teaching deaf children. Seven years ago due to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Clare decided it was time to get out of the rat race and moved to Belper; in May this year she bought The Railway Tearooms. Clare lives in Belper with her partner and son.
Clare heads what she describes as a fantastic team; Debbie bakes all the cakes, quiches and biscuits, while Katie does the scones; together with a couple of Saturday girls these ladies work so hard and make up a very strong team.
Starting with drinks, my partner made a beeline for a freshly ground Italian coffee with cream. I indulged in a pot of loose tea for one which arrived with a pretty china cup and saucer. Also on offer was a selection of Novus fruit teas. Glancing over to a nearby table, the fresh orange juice was going down rather well.
Having examined the menu we were spoilt for choice between the jacket potatoes, homemade quiches and freshly made sandwiches. My partner was tempted by the specials board (a choice of homemade soups) and finally decided to go for the leek and potato soup and roll. Meanwhile I chose a jacket potato with cheese which proved to be a very good decision.
The varied menu also comprises an all day breakfast, gluten free biscuits and gluten free bread (just ask if required). There is a delicious selection of homemade cakes and scones.
Inside the room is cosy, the atmosphere is quaint and charming. Nobody is hurried and you can stay as long as you like. Relax, read the daily newspaper and have a bit of “me” time!
In the summer, the outside has a romantic, quiet and private sun trap which seats another twenty people. We’ll be back on a sunny day to try this out so watch this space!
The Railway Tearooms are open Mondays to Saturdays 9 am – 4 pm and close at 3 pm on Wednesdays. The address is 3 Midland View, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1QB. Telephone 01773 823561.
Thank you Clare.