Muddy eats: The Green Rooms of Godstone
I met a friend for a farewell brunch recently before she upped sticks and moved to the Dorset coast. The lucky thing timed that pretty well, didn’t she? It’s been all ice-cream and sandcastles at the beach since she got there – with possibly a little unpacking as well. Her life is now like one big holiday.
I’m not jealous. Not much! But I’m not here to flicker my green eyes at you. This is all about The Green Rooms of Godstone – which is where we met for our farewell brunch.
It’s not a new tea house – it was opened three years ago by husband and wife, Jeremy and Sylvia. But it’s a new find for me… and what a find it is. If you love gorgeous home-cooked food with a cute and quirky edge, then it’s the place for you too.
There’s a warmth and personality in abundance at this cafe. I’d describe the decor as offbeat vintage. Wooden tables and chairs painted in pastel lollypop colours, pretty bunting and fairly lights hang from the beamed ceiling. And shelving with displays of tea cups, bunnies, and the biggest pair of glossy red lips you ever did see.
There’s a homely feel to this cafe – and that extends to the food. It’s sourced locally where possible, so all those eggs in my breaky came from hens just down the road. I had the smoked salmon scrambled eggs on muffins (£8.95), and my friend went for the scrambled eggs with salmon and avocado (£9.95). Hand on heart, these were some of the best scrambled eggs I’ve had.
There are plenty of options for food – whether it’s a full English you’re after at breakfast, paninis or sandwiches at lunch, or cake and tea or coffee. The cakes are all home made on the premises – and I’m told on good authority they’re to die for. Sylvia’s lemon drizzle cake is said to be eyelash curling, there’s a chocolate orange cake, a giggle cake (that’s fruit to me and you), and a zucchini lima and pistachio cake, which sounds funky but apparently tastes amazing. I’m going back for that cake alone! They also do gluten and dairy free baked delights.
As well as a mad variety of tea, they’ve also covered the smoothie craze, with most variations you can imagine including one called The Hulk (yes, it has broccoli and spinach as well as banana, mango and pineapple) and the Heartbeath (beetroot, carrot and mango.)
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: Those looking for locally sourced and fresh home cooked food, in a friendly and welcoming cafe with a fabulously quirky edge.
Not for: If it’s starched white table cloths and a formal afternoon tea you’re after, it’s probably not for you. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, so it’s also not the place to come if you’ve been walking your pooch on the green, unless it’s sunny enough to sit at one of the outdoor tables.
£££: Prices are pretty standard for a cafe. Sandwiches are £6.95, the all-day breakfast options are betwen £6.95 and £9.95. There is also a kids menu, and cream teas and cakes.
The Green Rooms of Godstone, Needles Bank, Plum Cake Corner, RH9 8DZ. Tel: 01883 740407. greenroomsofgodstone.co.uk