Nutfield Priory

Half an hour from either London Victoria or London Bridge and you’re in Redhill Surrey. Think blackberrying along the hedgerows, wandering along narrow country lanes and taking tea at Nutfield Priory.

The name is slightly misleading – this wasn’t a priory at all, but built as a private home in the nineteenth century. Not that that affects the tea. In fact it probably enhances it as the views from the library are incredible – not a road in sight as you gaze over the rolling hills, trees and lakes of Surrey.

Settled in next to a bookcase we order. I opt for the ‘Wordsworth’ which unusually comes with a chocolate chip scone. That’s a new one for me. It kind of worked – I like chocolate and I like scones, but the combo just wasn’t right – it was a bit sweet and cloying. Nothing, however, that lashings of cream and jam can’t sort out, at least in the short run.

Anyway, from the top… Good sandwich selection, including some left field runners such as crayfish or mustard. Yes, I know, mustard isn’t all that odd when used as a condiment, but in this particular sandwich, it seemed that mustard was the main event and the ham was simply a side thought. I like warm scones – it’s a personal preference, but I think it’s a nice detail. These were cold, but good and crumbly, with PLENTY of cream and jam (big tick!)

Unfortunately we were joined by friends half way through who snaffled most of the cakes (you know who you are…), but those that I tasted were good. They weren’t massively inventive, but they hit the spot before a post-prandial turn about the grounds.

Scone Rating 3 out of 5. A simple, get-out-of-London spot, with well-meaning but slightly slow service.

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