Tea Rooms at the Pet Cemetery, Holywell – A Clued In With Kids Review.
As you know, we often take madam out for a meal, especially if the weather is unpredictable. After receiving several recommendations to try out the Tea Rooms at the Pet Cemetery, we thought we’d best give them a visit. At first we found the recommendation ‘unusual’ shall we say. We were worried how we would feel having a meal here but we are pleased to report that we were in fact pleasantly surprised by how relaxing and peaceful our experience was.
The traditional, award winning tea rooms are located in the picturesque gardens which diners are free to explore. The well manicured gardens contain a number of statues, memorials, visitor centre and chapel, all dedicated to pets. The first dog ever buried here, Rani, was buried in 1990 and there is a special corner that families can visit dedicated to this delightful pooch.
There is also a little swing attached to a tree at the top of a hill for the kids, as well as a beautifully created duck pond, stone bridge and a duck house. The eggs from the ducks are used by the tea rooms.
The grounds themselves are not extensive but offer a relaxing stroll before or after your meal/sweet treat. Dogs are welcome within the grounds and inside the tea rooms, with drinking water available both inside and out. On a hot day, diners are welcome to sit outside and enjoy their meal overlooking the monumental gardens.
The tea rooms were nice and warm when we arrived and we were shown to our table promptly. Staff were friendly and took our orders quickly. The tea rooms serve a number of hot and cold meals, plus some tempting deserts. The menu is created from locally sourced ingredients where possible, and some of the vegetables used are grown right here in their very own vegetable patch. After all, field to fork is the way to be! The beehives are also on site if you head to the top of the gardens up the hill.
Adults traditional breakfast at Pet Cemetery, Holywell.
Food was served within approximately 15 to 20 minutes and was cooked fresh to order. We opted for three traditional cooked breakfasts with unlimited tea or coffee and a round of toast (adults £7.20 and child’s £3.95). Staff were happy to accommodate any changes we wished to make e.g. substitutions or requests on how our toddler wanted her eggs. Breakfast choices also included a slimmer breakfast for those watching their fat intake, vegan breakfast and some favourites such as breakfast sandwiches, bagels or waffle served with fresh fruit and cream.
Kids traditional breakfast at Pet Cemetery, Holywell
Home made main meals are served from 12 noon and options include home made soups and sandwiches, baked potatoes, Welsh rarebit (£4.95), omelettes (£5.95 for two fillings of your choice), tagliatelle and meatballs (£8.50), five bean chilli (£7.95), home made scouse (£7.95), chicken in a giant Yorkshire pudding (£8.50) and more. Childrens main meals included five bean chilli and rice, scouse or meatballs and tagliatelle for £5.95. Management believes children should eat high quality foods so the meals are the same as the adults, just smaller in size for smaller tummies. Children are provided with a tray of colours and an image of a cat and dog to colour. Their menu is bright and vibrant.
One of three options for afternoon tea. Image credit belongs to Pet Cemetery.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth you can enjoy a number of hot or cold deserts including ice cream sundaes with fresh fruit and marshmallows (£4.95), a hot pudding of the day with ice cream or custard (£4.95), or home made cake (£3.49). Afternoon tea is also available for both adults and children. Options include a high tea for two at £15 per person, cream tea for one at £5.45 per person, or Welsh tea for two at £14 per person. Afternoon tea for children is £6.50 and includes a fruit juice). The afternoon teas are served on traditional fine bone china.
Staff were very good at dealing with our toddler who was a little cranky on her visit as she was getting sleepy, causing a little scene towards the end. Our server reassured me saying ‘no she’s adorable’….. I was less convinced of her cuteness at that point but it was clear that staff are used to kids and know how their mood can change suddenly.
In conclusion we enjoyed our breakfast meal here. Food was served promptly and made fresh to order. The surroundings are tranquil and it was nice to have a little walk after our meal. Staff were accommodating with our little one and the toilet facilities including baby change we large and clean. We will be back at some point in the future as we are very intrigued about the afternoon tea options after seeing some fantastic posts about these in the past. They certainly look very tempting!
Hints and tips…
* Gluten free options are available. Please discuss requirements with staff.
*Walk ins are welcome but it can get busy in the tea room so staff advise that you do book, even if you just give them a ring on the morning you wish to visit so you can guarantee a table.
*The car park near the tea rooms is quite small but there is another car park only slightly further down.
*Prices are given as a guide and are subject to change. Prices correct at the time of our review.
*The food hygiene rating at the time of our visit was 5.
*This review is based on our own experiences and our interpretations. Therefore although we strive to ensure reviews are accurate we can not guarantee that you will have the same experience.
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