Oldfield Gatehouse, Dyrham, Chippenham, SN14 8LF Telephone: 01225 891585 www.thetollgate.co Purely by accident on my way to Bath whilst on the Joe Ellis Tea Room Tour Part 1 that I discovered the tea shop which is isolated and sits on the main A46.
The Tollgate Teashop has its origins date back to the early 19th Century, built as a turnpike in 1818 is has undergone some changes and extensions over the years and has its mains electricity installed in 1999. Prior to this, the building was supplied with electricity via a generator.
When you enter via the main door you go into a small round tea room with lovely old beams. However, the delight was the glass/summer house which overlooked the beautiful country side. This part of the tea room was elevated and the views of the countryside were quite stunning.
The summer house was very cool as there was blinds on the top providing valuable shade. The summer house and the main tea rooms was made up of old wooden table and chairs topped with green plastic table cloths.
This tea room offered snacks, sandwiches, lunches consisting of homemade savoury and salads; homemade cakes, scones and local ice cream. Teas; Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Lapsang, Souchong, Assam were offered alongside coffee and soft drinks.
There was a small selection of gifts; notebooks, honey, jams, book markets etc on sale in the summer house.
Nice light background music, friendly staff, pleasant and happy atmosphere and a surprise delight on the A46, following a long drive.
I can recommend this tea shop and there are a large selection of leaflets to plan events in the South West.
Contact Joe Ellis:
Joe Ellis' English Tea Room Guide PO Box 262, Herne Bay, Kent, England, CT6 9AW Telephone: 01227 376180