Tea Room of the Month

Tea Room of the Year – May: Cafe Cree, Newton Stewart

THE seach for the winner of the The Galloway Gazette Tea Cup for the best tea room in Galloway contined this week when Galloway Gazette reporter Louise Kerr walked a few steps across Victoria Street in Newton Stewart to sample the delights of Cafe Cree.

This friendly cafe, right in the heart of the town, was recently visited by television personality James Braxon, from the popular BBC2 Antiques Road Trip programme. James said he had travelled the length and breadth of the country but had never tasted anything as mind-blowingly delicious as Cafe Cree’s homemade banoffee pie.

With such a glowing recommendation, I asked for a piece to try – and discovered exactly what James meant. This is just one of the most mouthwatering slices of pie you could ever get your teeth into. The crumby digestive base is topped with a thick layer of sweet, sticky toffee filling and banana, which in turn is smothered with light fresh cream finished with chocolate vermicelli. This pie is worth travelling miles to taste – never mind a few yards.

Before downing the banoffee pie, my first port of call was a welcome cup of hot tea and a huge slice of lemon curd cake, which was, like all the sweet treats on offer, homemade.

The light-as-a-feather sponge was filled with a tasty layer of zingy lemon curd and topped with a swirl of pristine butter icing. Just lip-smackingly scrumptious.

Cafe Cree wears many hats. Not only it is both a cafe and a bistro, staying open until eight o’clock on Friday and Saturday nights, it also does takeaways and provides outside catering as well. For an example of their extensive menu, Wednesday’s other specials this week in the cake department were Ecclefechan butter tart and chocolate cake.

The lunchtime specials were mince and tatties with vegetables, cheese and broccoli pasta bake, and chicken in a sweet chilli sauce – all priced at a very reasonable £5.25.

Cafe Cree can provide you with an all-day breakfast, brunch, hot filled rolls, soup, baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches and rolls, toasties and a range of desserts, including the award-winning Cream of Galloway ice-cream. There is a children’s menu and a range of coffees and other beverages.

If you fancy an evening meal there, you can choose from a variety of special dishes, including steak pie, scampi, lasagne and quiche.

With its friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, Cafe Cree offers the ideal spot to enjoy listening to some local banter while watching those in the street going about their daily business.

Café Cree was nominated as one of the best eating place in Dumfries and Galloway in the Savour the Flavour Awards and it’s easy to see, and taste, why.

Cafe Cree is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 6pm on a Sunday.