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Not vegan but nice

on November 18, 2012

You understand, this is simply my opinion. But a Sunday afternoon walk is not a proper walk without afternoon tea afterwards. And afternoon tea is not proper afternoon tea without something in the way of a treat to eat with it. Fruit scones, rich fruit cake, moist flapjacks, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread… You get the idea. (One of them. Not all of them. Even I am not that piggy. Well, not often.)

So this afternoon being bright and sunny, if a bit on the chilly side, I planned a walk.

I mentioned in Thursday’s post that we have one of the old-tyme Rotten Boroughs nearby. Dunwich is a fascinating place. Nine-tenths of it has slid into the sea over the ages. It is said that on stormy nights, you can hear the submerged church bells ringing under the water.

What is left is a charming village street with pretty cottages, most with lattice windows. A large flourishing pub (The Ship). An excellent museum (closed on a Sunday). Some interesting ecclesiastical ruins (currently swathed in scaffolding and tarpaulins and badged with builders’ warnings). A smallish church with an old leper chapel in the grounds.


And of course a beach. Shingly. With fishing boats drawn up.


And a car park. Next to a bustling establishment which does a roaring trade in fish and chips (including posh fish like skate wings) and naughty puddings.

And across the water meadows, round a tight bend from the church, there is a nursery with tea-rooms attached. What more could the serious walker desire?

So that’s where I’ve been. I parked next to the beach and had a stroll and took photographs, then headed back to the church and the leper chapel.

Then being decidedly lazy, I went back for the car and drove the far-too-short-to-really-justify-it distance to the tea-rooms.

My treat with tea was a slice of home-made apple-cake. Moist, crumbly, delicious. And swiftly polished off. Lovely!



One response to “Not vegan but nice

  1. Pat says:

    Lovely tea rooms and great cake. Only been once, but it was brilliant. And yes, if you’re going to go out for tea, something has to be eaten with it. Far too wet all on its own!

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