Whenever I walk past The Gingerbread House in Good Street, I usually have to stop because my little boy likes to look at the brightly coloured letters on the wall outside. I’ve always glimpsed a lot of sweet treats and cakey things inside. And I’ve purposely avoided going in, because…well, boy + sweet treats…nah, it’s too much trouble.
But today a friend suggested we meet there for coffee and I’ve become a convert to their lovely, homely tea room. It’s small and cosy with just a few tables. There’s a box of toys for the kids and a high chair as well and Penny, who runs it, makes you feel really welcome.
But the main thing is there are all sorts of tempting sweet things – from orange and almond cookies to toasted teacakes and Eccles cakes. We opted for tea, a macaroon and a scone which came to a total of $8. The tea came in a nice big pot, with extra water and milk to cater to all tastes – it was plenty for two. My macaroon was coconutty and crunchy and delicious.
They also have some savouries – ploughman’s lunch and toasted sandwiches. And a range of ice-cream and ice-cream related things, like sundaes.
And there are little lunchboxes for kiddies. For $8 they get a cute, colourful takeaway box with a selection of six little treats – sweets, savouries and healthy options like raisins and grapes.
Oh and they do an ‘elegant afternoon tea’ which includes delicate little petit fours, elegant sandwiches, scones and a pot of tea. For two sharing it costs $20.
I really liked The Gingerbread House and I can’t believe I’ve never ventured inside before. It feels a little bit retro and a little bit cutesy – all in a really good way.
Definitely one to try.