The Old Rectory Tearoom

The Old Rectory Tearoom

A hidden gem in the heart of the Cotswalds is The Old Rectory Tearoom in Castle Combe.  It is not widely advertised so luckily it was part of our Back Roads Tour.  We walked to the door which was like a stables entrance of the gorgeous stone building dating back to 1490. We peeked our heads in the top half of the door that swung open to see inside the cute cottage which is the family home of our host Anna. The high tea that was set out on the old timber table was exquisite. Our traditional English high tea included scones with clotted cream, sponge finger sandwiches, pastries and many other delicacies. All of this was prepared fresh that day in Anna’s tiny sun filled kitchen which was reminiscent of a doll’s house. We all left that afternoon very content and extremely satisfied after a wonderful Cotswolds experience. Our next stop was the quaint riverside town of Bibury which was straight out of a picture book.  The charming houses and flowering gardens made for a lovely walk along Arlington Row, a group of historic cottages with steeply pitched roofs dating back to the 16th Century. If only we had the time to spend the night in the old hotel.  Next time…

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