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When Derrick’s first opened its doors as a Tea Room, it was in the early 1900s. Now, over a 100 years later it is proudly owned and run by Simon & Bonnie Cooze. Derrick’s Tea Room is nestled in the idyllic Cheddar Gorge, below the famous Lion Rock, in what was once three stone masons cottages and also Cheddar’s original cheese shop.
When first setting foot onto the flag stone flooring in this friendly and welcoming Tea Room visitors can feel this history beneath their feet whilst savouring the aroma of fresh and wholesome home cooked food being prepared and see other customers relaxing and listening to music, surrounded by nostalgic pictures which depict "Derrick’s" and Cheddar Gorge through the years and Simon & Bonnie’s huge collection of Tea Pots.
The Tea Room also houses a charming little shop where a wide selection of chutneys, preserves, local ciders & ales, bone china, loose leaf tea, homemade cakes, clotted cream and Simon’s famous homemade scones are all on sale.
Simon & Bonnie are especially proud of the teas, all carefully selected for quality and flavour, that they offer their guests and these include the familiar Earl Grey, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong in addition to their Speciality Tea Menu which offers teas such as Jasmine Madam Butterfly or Phoenix Iron Goddess of Mercy.
Breakfast, lunch, hot meals, traditional cream teas and afternoon teas can all be enjoyed at Derrick’s and a wide selection of homemade hot and cold food to suit all tastes, including daily specials, can be enjoyed and these are all carefully prepared in Simons 5 Star hygiene rated Kitchen, including Vegetarian and Gluten free options.
High Tea and Afternoon Teas at Derrick’s are all served on Bone China and Afternoon Teas can be enjoyed in the beautiful Tea Garden in fine weather.
Derrick’s Tea Room offer their visitors a choice of the following menus:
Your choice of plain or fruit homemade scone served with clotted cream and strawberry jam together with a pot of House Tea (a blend of Assam and high grown Kenya teas selected to offer a cup of exceptional flavour and enjoyment)
Your choice of plain or fruit homemade scone served with clotted cream and lemon curd together with a pot of House Tea
Homemade cheese scone served with cream cheese and chutney served with a pot of House Tea
Homemade cherry scone served with clotted cream and morello cherry & vintage port jam together with a pot of House Tea
A bowl of fresh Cheddar strawberries and a freshly baked scone, topped with vanilla ice-cream or clotted cream, enjoyed with a pot of House Tea
Afternoon tea is served on a two-tier cake stand. The first tier comprises of two sandwiches of your choice. The second tier contains two homemade scones of your choice with jam and clotted cream, all complimented with a pot of House Tea.
High tea is served on a three-tier cake stand. The first tier comprises of a delicious selection of savory finger sandwiches filled with cheese & cucumber, smoked salmon & cream cheese and egg mayonnaise.
The second tier holds your choice of two slices of delicious homemade cakes.
The third tier contains homemade scones of your choice with jam and clotted cream, complimented with a pot of House Tea.
Our suggestion is to firstly, enjoy the sandwiches, follow with scones and finally enjoy Simon’s scrumptious home baked cakes! Afternoon Tea & High Tea can be enjoyed accompanied with a bottle of deliciously chilled champagne or a glass or bottle of wine.
Opening Days & Hours:
Derrick's is open every day except Wednesday & Thursday (except in high season)
January, February, March, November & December: 10:00am till 4:00pm
April, May, September & October: 10:00am till 5:00pm
June, July & August: 10.00am till 5.30pm
Derricks is open every Bank Holiday from 10.00am – 5.30pm
PLEASE NOTE: Booking is STRONGLY advised especially in High Season or when travelling from afar to visit Derrick’s! We advise phoning Derrick's before travelling especially during Winter months.
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