Budleigh tea room earns gold taste award for seventh year running
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 August 2018
Vintage afternoon teas, perfect pies and a passion for fresh local produce have once again earned Budleigh's Tea and Tittle Tattle a gold award from the Taste of the West.
Proprietors, Gareth Radley and Denise Reed, have expressed joy at gaining recognition for all of the ‘hard work’ they put into running the tea room, recieving a gold taste award for the seventh year running.
Gareth said: “We are chuffed to bits to get it again, especially as every year there is more and more competition in the category.”
Priding themselves on a menu filled with home made, locally-sourced delights, the tea room is also hoping to be awarded ‘Best Café in the West’ after winning the coveted title last year.
The accolade will go to the ‘gold’ establishment deemed the best by the team at Taste of the West, but the winner is not due to be revealed until the autumn.
“We have our fingers crossed,” said Gareth. “Championing local and home made goods is all part of the Taste of the West ethos.
“It is nice to be recognised for all our hard work because we put a lot of effort into sourcing local produce, like jams, meats, cheeses, cream and vegetables.”
Tea and Tittle Tattle, in Fore Street, aims to be a traditional tea room, which also serves lunch, with an array of home-made pies, roast dinners and its speciality ‘Vintage Afetrnoon Tea’ – indeed, it is this offering the couple believe wowed judges last year.
The tea consists of sanwiches made freshly to order, served on a bone china tiered cake stand, alongside a selection of savoury and sweet treats, baked by Denise.
“We don’t want to be one of those places where you pick sandwiches off a tray. All our cakes are made here – around 90 per cent of what we make is home made,” said Gareth.
The establishment’s pride in offering local produce prepared on the premises and its commitment to offering traditional dishes, is partly in recognition of the people living in the community it serves.
Gareth said: “I think a lot of our regulars tend to be older people, because we’ve got quite an elderly population in Budleigh. We serve old-fashioned food that’s not pretentious, like roasts and pies.
“It’s the sort of food they would like to eat at home but they don’t have the facilities to make themselves, so this is more cost effective.”