THE selection for March in our tearoom of the month feature, with a winning tearoom to receive the Galloway Gazette Tea Cup at the end of the year, is the Chatterbox in Newton Stewart’s Victoria Street.
This cosy bijou cafe has long been a favourite venue in the town for a quiet cuppa and the best of home baking. Recently Galloway Gazette reporter Louise Kerr took a break from her keyboard to enjoy the delights of the Chatterbox with a couple of friends.
“Taking a seat at the window at one of the tables the cafe has the feel of a French bistro with its checked tablecloths and Gallic prints.
“Soon I was joined by two friends and studied the extensive selection that covers light snacks, all-day breakfast, lunch, a carvery, a children’s menu as well as a winter warmers menu and a specials board. I shared a pot of decaffeinated tea with my friend and decided to choose a fruit scone with jam and cream from the sweet treats menu. “But my scone had to wait as my friend had chosen a plate of chips and cheese that was so generous she called for assistance! Never one to refuse helping a friend out, we all dived into the delicious golden crispy chips smothered in melting cheese.
“Having disposed of the chips between us, I turned my attention to the scone. After applying lashings of butter, jam and most of a very liberal pot of whipped cream piled on top, it simply melted in the mouth.
“My other companion plumped for a cheese toastie and plain scone and she decided to relax and enjoy the banter with a hot chocolate deluxe which looked lipsmackingly good with marshmallow, cream and a chocolate flake topping the mug of tasty hot chocolate.
“If you are looking for something more substantial, Chatterbox winter warmers selection includes rabbit pie, macaroni cheese, sausage, mash and gravy served in a large Yorkshire pudding, roast loin of pork, breaded haddock or steak pie, all served with chips or mashed potato and vegetables for the very reasonable price of £5.95. For and extra £1.95 you can add a starter – soup, breaded mushrooms and garlic dip, mini spring rolls and sweet chilli dip or pate and oatcakes or for the same price, a sweet – hot chocolate fudge cake, sticky toffee sponge or vanilla ice-cream. Chatterbox also offers staples such as salads, baked potatoes, toasted sandwiches, filled sandwiches, rolls and baguettes. The smiling, friendly staff are an asset to the establishment and a takeaway service is also provided.
“Another added bonus is that the cafe is also dog friendly. This small, attractively appointed restaurant is definitely good value for money, especially these days when people are looking for a good deal. The number of regulars on a daily basis is testament to the quality of the food served. Why not call in and find out for yourself.”