In the über picturesque village of Lacock, in a tiny Tudor building (1167 – 1216), behind a garden of poppies and wildflowers, sits the lovely King John’s Hunting Lodge Tea House.
Arriving along the ancient lane, you float through the gate and garden. Soaking in the pure Englishness of the scene. Pitched roofs, dripping windows, muted brick, and bright flowers set the scene for an excellent spot of tea.
Our arrival on a cool early spring day gave us an idea of how important these warm homey spots were. Brushing off the chill we soaked up the warm ambiance. Once settled, we indulged in the “King John’s Royal Tea”, which included delectable Tea sandwiches (A yummy Welsh Rarebit for me – wish I had one now!) & warm scones served with local fruit jams and organic Jersey clotted cream.
We spread it on everything we could! Of all the scones and jams I’ve had, this sitting raised the bar yet again. Looking at the origins, I could see this being the perfect calorie filled breakfast for farmers setting out for a day’s labor.
A lighter version is the “Margaret’s Cream Tea” which is the same, without the sandwiches. Pretty blue and white china bore all the treats in a manner befitting the period-ness of Lacock
A daily menu includes soups, homemade bread, delicious pastries, mackerel cakes, and more! There is a fine selection of tea, hot chocolate, coffee, spiced apple, elderflower presse, hot berry bliss … and a little shop for taking away.
Really just a pleasant place to lunch – thoroughly English :)
King John’s Hunting Lodge
(44) (0) 124 – 973 0313
21 Church Street, Lacock, Wiltshire, SN15 2LB England
11:00am – 5:30ish pm Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays