Tea for you and me

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The Spirit of Endeavour

Mayflower Park, Marsh Lane, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 7QS   01205 356678   (View on map)

Lamb tagine, tea and burger at The Spirit of Endeavour.

It’s a very grand name for a chain pub near a car showroom but those in the know apparently shorten it to ‘The Spirit’, which fits in with a licensed premises nicely. We went for lunch on New Year’s Eve and the tea was surprisingly good for a pub. R and AM both had a large burger that was made with the small thin patties  and they had both been hoping for a big burger patty rather than many little ones. I had a lamb tagine that tasted like it was made in the microwave, but both the tea and the chocolate pudding I had were good.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? No.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? Good question. As we were paying for other drinks and other food and bought in rounds it all got very confusing, but I think it was around £2 to £2.50.
Cake? Only the normal desert type cake.
Go again? I probably would, but wouldn’t go again for the tea, just for somewhere easy to go for lunch.

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Happy Birthday Tea for you and me!

The range of cakes at Angel food bakery

Ah, it was two years ago that I sat in Cafe Nero and thought, ‘This is rubbish, something must be done’ and the idea for this blog was born.

In that time I’ve clocked up over 100 reviews and sampled tea in five different countries. It’s had over 4,000 visits and the most read review has been Angel food bakery.

I’d love to mark the occasion by finding some new gem of a tea provider, anyone got any suggestions?

Happy Birthday Tea for you and me!

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The Rowbarge

Station Road, Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5SH

Brioche bread and butter pudding with custard, a pot of Earl Grey tea and a hot chocolate at The Rowbarge

Somewhere in West Berkshire is a pub I occasionally used to drive past. I seem to remember it was by a level crossing and that it looked lovely. I described this to J and she said she thought she knew the one I meant so we arranged to meet up at The Rowbarge. It turned out not to be the one I was thinking of, but it was very lovely. It’s on the banks of the Kennet and Avon canal and has a gorgeous outside seating area, bit cold for us at the time but I imagine in the summer it’s heaven.

The food was gastro pub style and tasty, with a range of prices so we managed to have main courses around £8, though the prices headed up to £15. Naturally I ordered tea after our main meal and we also shared a brioche bread and butter pudding with custard that was a good hearty pudding. The tea came in a pot with a Twinings tea bag and was a good cup of tea, though there was only Breakfast or Earl Grey to choose from (I’m sorry but fruit teas are not teas, they’re infusions, unless they are actually tea with fruit but they weren’t in this case). J’s hot chocolate was also approved of.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Twinings tea bag.
Milk jug? Yes.
Price? £1.75 for a pot of tea, £2 for hot chocolate, £4.25 for bread and butter pudding.
Cake? No, just puddings and main meals, starters etc.
Go again? Yes, they were advertising a two course Sunday lunch for £14.95 and that seems like a good plan to me.