Monthly Archives: April 2014

Pavilion Gardens Café (review)

We’re so lucky living in Buxton within 5 minutes walk of the Pavilion Gardens and we’re there almost on a daily basis – be it a morning or evening stroll through the park, visiting the Pavilion for an event or popping in for a coffee.

When we first moved here I used to spend time in the Coffee Bar as they sold cakes I could eat! Now E is older we tend to go to the Café next to the gallery as it’s very well set up for children.

It’s a popular spot with local families and also tourists so it’s always good to get there early. If I’m by myself I enjoy sitting by the window and looking out over the gardens, but when I’m with pickle a seat by the children’s soft play is the preferred spot.

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Soft play

The soft play area only appeared in the last six months and it’s a great idea. Kids of all ages enjoy playing and compared to soft play centres it is free! There’s also a parking space for pushchairs, microwave for heating baby food and baby changing (though on my last visit that was a bit smelly and dirty and needs a good clean).

This week I didn’t start back to work until the Wednesday so first thing Tuesday morning I took us to the café. It was nice a quiet – as you can see E was queen of the castle!

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Pavilion Gardens Café

I ordered a black americano and a toasted tea cake. Price wasn’t too bad, but it’s the only place I’ve come across that charges extra for milk with your coffee and jam with a tea cake!!

E was happy playing, popping back occasionally for a snack and I relaxed and browsed the web as there’s free WiFi.

It’s always a good place to go when it’s raining and quieter than the local soft play centre.

In summary, we enjoyed:

* parking for pushchair
* comfy sofas – would be perfect if still breastfeeding
* free soft play
* free WiFi
* waitress service

Would be even better if:

* they didn’t charge separately for milk – seems a bit mean!
* baby changing was given a good clean

It’s a great local spot, we will be back again.

Thanks for reading and here’s to our next adventure!

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The Tea Chest (review)

Yesterday was Easter Bank Holiday in Buxton and, after a few days always visiting family, it was lovely to be home and have a day to potter around town. I’m now starting to feel a bit like a local as I notice changes to the town, such as when commercial spaces are being developed and new bars, cafes or shops open up. The latest new venture to open is The Tea Chest, housed in The Courthouse Building on George Street in Buxton.

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The Tea Chest

Opened only a few days before, the chap I chatted to said he was inspired to open the cafe as there were many coffee shops in Buxton, but none specialising in tea. Being tea lovers ourselves (I’ve just counted and we have 8 varieties in the house at the moment) it was a place we wanted to visit.

We turned up with E in her rather large pushchair so took a seat near the front so there was plenty of room. There was a children’s high chair so we plonked her in that so she could watch the world go by. The menu was standard tea shop food – some breakfast items, paninis, cream teas etc. and there were also some lovely cakes on display at the counter.

There were also seats outside, on the courtyard, but we thought it was a bit too chilly. Inside there are lots more seats, some next to the front door and some around to the side. If I was still boobing E I would have gone to the back for a bit more privacy. No comfy chairs but I think I would have survived!

I thought I’d try out their coffee – simple black Americano whilst hubby had the Caravan Tea. I ordered sausage ciabattas for the two of us (sorry h, apparently you’d wanted bacon!) and beans on toast for E.

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Food and tea timer!

Drinks arrived promptly, coffee was good (not too bitter, good strength) and the tea was accompanied by some egg timers. You used these to choose the strength of your tea – pretty neat.

H went for the strong timer, but when he poured the tea it was rather weak and he was a bit disappointed. When we lived in Oxford we were spoiled with cafes using Jeeves and Jericho local tea – their Russian caravan tea is sublime – strong and smokey! The ciabattas were tasty (local sausages) and E enjoyed her beans on toast.

After munching through food from the breakfast menu, we were still hungry, but E had enjoyed her bread and beans and was full up.

Before we left we had a quick chat to (we think) the owner, checked that there are baby changing facilities (yes), gave feedback on the tea and wished him luck in his venture. For a tea shop we were hoping to be inspired by a really good cuppa – but maybe next time?

In summary, we enjoyed:
* chilled atmosphere
* small selection of teas to choose from
* fast, friendly service
* option of children’s menu

Would be even better if:
* there was WiFi!!
* teas brewed better (chap thought there might not have been enough leaves in the tea pot)
* wider range of teas to choose from
* better teapots like our cool red favourite

I’m following them on Facebook, so if WiFi is set up and the tea menu expands we’ll be back to sample another brew.

Here’s to our next adventure!

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Back again – there’s free WiFi 🙂