Sohale was kindly invited by owner Johny of Redhouse Farm to taste their Afternoon Tea. Arriving at Redhouse Farm it was well sign posted and the car parking was easy and free.

It was a lovely sunny day and there were many people enjoying the outside areas which house great climbing frames and sandpits for the younger customers. A friendly casual feel to the place and the welcome in the restaurant was very pleasant and attentive.

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We were served by Elaine and her knowledge of the menu and ingredients was invaluable. Choosing our choice of sandwiches from the four types we decided to opt for Beef with Red house farm piccalilli and Cheese with redhouse farm real ale chutney both on Brown.

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Drinks were any non alcoholic included in the price tag of £10.95 per person. We had Earl grey tea and Dunham farm apple juice which was fantastic very tasty and strong and nicely chilled. From the inside tables the chef can be seen cooking in his open kitchen – on the day we attended it was the underchef Cosmin who was calm methodical and great to watch making all his orders. The joy of this kitchen was there was hardly any cooking smells.

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Our afternoon tea came to the table on a traditional three tiered cake plate with old fashioned crockery mismatched and characterful just perfect for the setting we were in. The Redhouse farm home made condiments were on the table.

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Beginning with Sandwiches on the lower cake plate – these were very fresh tasty and the chutneys just made the sandwich into a taste sensation and quality ingredients being used made the savour part of this afternoon tea a joy to have. The Real Ale chutney was soft and complimented the real mature cheddar and the beef was nice and rare thin and the bread was lightly buttered. Both fillings were bursting out of the bread.

Whilst enjoying this platter of sandwiches sohale also tried the chips which we noticed were going down a storm on the kids playing outside – they were beautifully cooked to perfection and came in a bag or kiddies box together with home made Tomato sauce or Home Made brown sauce which were truly fantastic.

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After a small break we began on the rather large enticing home made scones which had butter clotted cream and mrs darlington strawberry jam to accompany them. On talking with Elaine Redhouse farm are planning to make their own jams in the not to distant future. The scones were soft crumb rustic and sturdy and lovely sweet treat.

Next was the paradise slice a mix of bakewell tart and coconut slice which the coconut taste was fantastic and it was a light bite with a good texture. Also a chocolate crispy square was included which was a lovely sweet chocolate bite great for both adults and kids alike. This was a rustic gem of a place who some of you know about it but it is the rest of you who don’t and need to give it a try. Sohale look forward to returning to try some other items from the varied menu very soon.

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