The actress Emma Thompson recently described Britain as ‘a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island’. Needless to say she was in a lot of trouble over her words and she did backtrack a lot. It may be a bit rainy and grey sometimes but how can a nation that eats so much cake ever be called misery-laden? Cake Makes you happy, so to help spread the joy here are 7 places around Glastonbury to go join the British and Eat Cake.
- Glastonbury’s finest Vegetarian restaurant makes the most delicious cakes. Of course, all are vegetarian and most are actually Vegan. If you don’t have time to sit in the little cafe then you can get a piece to take away. Open Open daily from 10am- 4pm, Rainbow’s End Cafe is on one of the little side alleyways off of Glastonbury High Street.
2. At the other end of the High Street you will find Abbey Tea Rooms. A good old fashioned Cafe where you can have enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in a charming old fashioned atmosphere. Open every day except Christmas Day from 10am-5pm.
3. Double Gate Farm. Located on the main road in Godney, this lovely little tea room is part of a Farmstay B&B. As well as gorgeous cakes they have a spectacular looking afternoon tea. Open Wednesday- Sunday 10.30am – 5pm
The Lemon Tree Café, based at the Willows and Wetland Centre. A definite visit, for the amazing willows exhibit, museum and shop as well as the cake. There is also a nice little wetland walk from the café if you need to burn off some calories. Open every day except Sunday 10am-4.30pm. The Centre is not far from where you can go and spot the Somerset Cranes.
Sweets Tea Rooms is set at the Peat and Science Museum on the road from Glastonbury to Wedmore. ‘Merv’ Sweet has gathered together some very unique artifacts including parts from a crashed WW1 bomber, retro radio’s and items that have revealed themselves from the peat works over the years. Open Wednesday – Sundays 10am – 4pm
Strangers with Coffee in Wells. Not only the best coffee in the area but delicious cakes. Across from St. Cuthberts church which is the largest church in Somerset. Open every day except Sunday 8am- 5pm
One of my favourite places to just spend time drinking coffee and people watching. There is always a great selection of gluten free cakes and they have an amazing selection of teas to tempt you as well.
And a few more that are worth the drive for.
Chantry Tea Gardens in Kilve. A really great day out from us here in Glastonbury. Spend a day on Kilve Beach then follow it with tea and cake in the lovely gardens of the Chantry. Check opening times before you set off. It does get busy on sunny days so give yourself plenty of time.
National Trust Cafes have improved a lot over the years and they do make beautiful places to enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake in stunning surroundings.
There is a cute little cafe at the base of Brean Down. Makes the climb up to to the top of the cliff so much easier if you know there is cake to enjoy when you come back down.
Tyntesfield House is one of my favourite houses to visit in the winter(it is open 364 days a year) They have a large restaurant there but go and find their little cafe in the gardens. It is a bit of a walk through the gardens but when you find it there is always a roaring fire to enjoy while you eat your cake.
Montacute House is another beautiful property that is open all year round and has a very nice cafe.