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Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Cheltenham Five: Part 1 where we eat CAKE!

The best cake plate is an empty one!

The internet is a wonderful place to meet like-minded people and even within the food blogging community you find yourself drawn towards certain people's blogs and certain conversations on Twitter. Some of those conversations were verging on the smutty and so our hashtag #smuts was born.

There are eight of food bloggers who make up the #smuts, Karen of Lavender and Lovage, Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes, Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog, Fiona from London Unattached, Ros of The more than occasional baker, Sue from Heaven on a Plate, Dom from Belleau Kitchen and me!  After many false start discussions and meetings of two or three at various events, we felt it was time we all met together.  As we are flung to the far corners of the UK and France,  we settled on Cheltenham as a reasonable place that was easily accessible by rail.

Early on in our planning we lost one #smut,  as Jac was off to the sun for a well earned holiday.  Then more unavoidable events meant that Dom and Sue both had to call off almost at the last minute. And then there were five...not of all of those present will be featured in this post, Karen and I don't give a damn so you will see a lot of the two of us!  Fiona also features as long as her hair is okay ;-)

Fiona and Karen came up from London on the train together and I met them at Cheltenham Spa station.    After checking into our hotel, we had a bit of a scout around the sales in Cheltenham including Cath Kidston, Radley and Toast. 

We then headed for our rendez-vous with Choclette and Ros at the Well Walk Tea Room,
It's located in  one of Cheltenham's oldest shops and is a real delight, in terms of decor, customer service and the tea itself.

The shelves are groaning with beautiful vintage china tea sets.

Kitsch cherubs adorned the walls along with  tapestries.

As we were eating fairly early, we were supposed to be limiting our cake consumption, so ordered a 'Cake Medley' a selection of six cakes to share for Ā£10.95.  My favourite was the Cinnamon and Rhubarb Cake which was moist and delicious.  All the cakes were very good indeed, although the Bakewell Tart was a bit too thick for me and not a moist as the other cakes.  The tea flowed freely with lots of top ups and the staff were very friendly and indulgent of our blogging ways.

We couldn't resist some scones with jam and cream as they were straight out of the oven!


Bloggers do it with pictures!
Information about the menu and prices is available on the Well Walk Tea Room Menu page.

In the basement, the tea room has a Christmas Shop with vintage style decorations, open all year round.

I can thoroughly recommend the Well Walk Tea Room for a cup of tea and a cake and particularly for their delicious scones.  

I was not paid for this post and received no advantage from writing about the Well Walk Tea Room, I am sharing this review because it was a very good tea.

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At 30 June 2013 at 20:21 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

BRILLIANT post Janice! LOVELY photos and such a wonderful write-up too! I plan to post mine next week and will make sure I link up to you here! Karen :-)

At 30 June 2013 at 21:06 , Blogger Carole said...

Hi Janice, just letting you know that you are in my Featured Food Blog sidebar for July on Carole's Chatter. Have a great week.

At 30 June 2013 at 22:09 , Blogger Choclette said...

Oh lovely to revisit Janice and that rhubarb cake was definitely the best.

At 30 June 2013 at 22:28 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Absolutely brilliant post! The scones were my favourite. So nice to finally meet everyone :)

At 1 July 2013 at 08:09 , Blogger Unknown said...

gutted... but you all look like you had an AMAZING time... such a fun weekend... thanks so much for sharing xxx

At 1 July 2013 at 09:56 , Blogger Jean said...

How lovely!
Meeting up with fellow bloggers has to be the greatest surprise and joy and not that many years ago I didn't even know what a blog was!
I just love those teasets, what a gorgeous way to set off the beautiful cakes!

At 10 July 2013 at 09:09 , Blogger Unknown said...

sounds like you all had a lovely time and the cakes look delicious! glad you had fun

At 14 July 2013 at 17:16 , Anonymous fiona maclean said...

Meeting people I've got to know in real life IS one of the best things about blogging for me. It was a wonderful trip and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone

At 22 July 2013 at 09:58 , Blogger Rachel Cotterill said...

I go across to Cheltenham almost every week - I can't believe I haven't tried this cafe and their cake medley! :)


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