With the restrictions of Covid19 in England, with the pressure of work and living generally, especially during this difficult time, resting and relaxing are essential, not only for mental health, but for physical wellbeing as well.
Popping into Peggottys' Tea Shoppe in my favourite English town was a sudden decision not planned, but I am glad I did pop in; I was not disappointed in anyway.
Peggotty's appeared, at first view, to be quiet with no customers on the front outside seating area or inside the main tea shoppe. As a loner, I loved it, but was a little concerned, as to why there were no customers. I arrived for an early lunch at 11.30am.
Having visited Peggotty's on and off, for over 30 years, albeit under different owners, I was unaware that Dan and Nic, the present owners ensured that the garden to the rear, is very pretty and the secluded area has been finished to a high standard. There is where all the customers were seated and having had a brief tour, I can see why so many people wanted to enjoy the food in such a beautiful garden.
Inside, the walls are painted a traditional English tearoom colour, green, with all tables having tablecloths. Even more impressive, the tablecloth was changed to a fresh tablecloth once the customer had finished. Traditional style seating is on a traditional style carpet adding to the lovely quaint dining area.
The young staff were very polite, very considerate, and attentive to your needs which added to a lovely visit.
I had a toasted cheese and ham sandwich with a lovely salad garnish and a pot of tea, and both were lovely; I enjoyed them immensely.
It's nice to visit a wonderful traditional style English tearoom, especially as this tearoom is inside a listed building and Dan and Nic must surely be proud what they have achieved since owning the delightful Peggoty's.
Oh, before I forget, the inside seating areas started to fill up quickly around lunchtime which was nice to see.
I offer a rare highly recommended tearoom rating to the Peggotty's Tea Shoppe, a well-deserved rating indeed.
Click here to read the press and media release relating to the Highly Recommended Award. ABOUT TENTERDEN: Tenterden is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England. It stands on the edge of the remnant forest the Weald, overlooking the valley of the River Rother. It was a member of the Cinque Ports Confederation. Its riverside today is not navigable to large vessels and its status as a wool manufacturing centre has been lost.
The town's name is derived from the Old English Tenetwaradenn, meaning a denn or swine-pasture for the men of Thanet. The first record of dwellings in Tenterden can be found in a charter which mentions that it, as 'Heronden', began to grow from the 14th century around the strong local wool industry. Unlike other such centres in the Weald it had the advantage of access to the sea. Much of what is now Romney Marsh was under water, and ships docked at nearby Smallhythe. Timber from the Wealden forests was used to construct ships, and in 1449 Tenterden was incorporated into the Confederation of Cinque Ports as a limb of Rye. Ships built in the town were then used to help Rye fulfil its quota for the Crown.
A school was in existence Tenterden in 1521; later (in 1666) it was referred to as a grammar school. Today Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, a large secondary school catering for the Weald and south of Ashford Borough is in Tenterden.
In 1903, Tenterden Town railway station was opened. It closed in 1954, but half of it reopened in 1974 as the Kent and East Sussex Railway. The route starts at Tenterden Town Station and finishes at Bodiam station, near Bodiam Castle. The main line track is being extended to Robertsbridge (near Hastings) in East Sussex.
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