A few weeks ago my mum and I went to The Dining Room, which is a coffee shop and restaurant in 78 Derngate, a period house designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Northampton.
I’d never had afternoon tea before – let alone a gluten-free one – so I didn’t know what to expect. I was not disappointed! There was so much food that we had to take half of it home with us (no one complained about helping with the leftover cakes though!).
My mum had a chai tea and I picked a spiced apple tea to drink while we were waiting for our food to arrive.
The first course was a mixture of sandwiches and savoury pastries. It was so, so good to have homemade gluten-free pastries, I’m so used to a packet being opened and being served foods that seem stale (even in cafes and restaurants). Some of the baked items were still warm!
We were presented with a gorgeous cake tier filled with mushroom tarts, savoury scones topped with cheese and chutney, coronation chicken on toast and a mixture of sandwiches: salmon and cream cheese, cheese and pickle, egg mayonnaise and thick ham sandwiches.
I wanted to taste everything but this is probably where I made my first mistake as it meant I didn’t have enough space for all the cakes! It was all really lovely though.
For afters we had fresh (still warm, amazing) gluten-free scones with jam and clotted cream – we immediately asked for more cream! There were also Rolo chocolate macarons, chocolate and pistachio brownies, white chocolate and raspberry tarts and mango mousse topped with honeycomb. We tucked straight into the scones and then couldn’t eat anymore! Luckily our waitress was happy to give us a cake box to take all the rest home with us.
The music played really complimented the vintage atmosphere, tables and crockery too – it was a lovely afternoon out and I’d definitely go again!