Monday, April 06, 2009

Friar Tuck's Pantry

I am probably boring all of y'all who don't live around here, with all this local stuff, but this is the last one for a while, I promise!

I was driving up Main Street this afternoon, and, not more than two doors up from what used to be City Hall (and is now the Library), I saw a Union Jack, snapping smartly in the breeze. Of course, being who I am, I had to pull in and check it out. Here is what I found:

Friar Tuck's Pantry.

This is the building that, back in the day, housed Quick's Pharmacy. When Chandra was a toddler, we used to go in there and chat with Marge Quick and drink the best chocolate malts in the history of the world. Later, Cabbages and Kings was in there, with its crafts and collectibles, and, more recently, Keria Teas. Keria Teas was very nice, but not open on Sunday and Mondays, so I didn't get there very often.

When I walked in there today, I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I had coffee, because it smelt so good, and a cheese scone. I bought some Rowntree's Fruit Gums and some Marmite. The place is a bit pricey, but, you know what? It's worth it! I'm going to go back there for lunch, once in a while. They have Stilton cheese and pickle sandwiches, and sausage rolls! Sausage rolls! My mouth is watering already!

Their website is pretty minimal, and needs updating. The site says lunch is served till two, and the menu says three. The proprietress, Deborah Stevenson, says they have been open for nine weeks...which shows you how often I go down Main Street! That is fixing to change.

Sausage rolls, people!


  1. I don't know the places you are describing, but I can close my eyes and imagine them! There is something wonderful about old, familiar local businesses.

  2. Even when it has been through several incarnations!

  3. Sounds great! I'll have to stop in next time I am at the library. I go to the library sometimes to catch up on magazines I no longer subscribe to, and I love being able to check out books. Libraries, like 4 way stop-signs, are signs of a great civilization. When we are trusted and trust others to do what's right: stop when you should, read what you want and bring it back so others can read it too. Just don't read while driving and forget to stop. ..tracie

  4. I've blogged about this place too! It's so nice to go and get a pot of tea and just relax. Great place!

  5. ooohhhh ladies, I am so pleased you like Deborahs English restaurant! I am watching with interest back home in Blighty
    (bestest friend of said Debs). She has always done things wholeheartedly, and is a stickler for quality. Definately the best pastry chef I have ever worked with, and a great friend. Keep going and eat her stuff till you pop! Vanessa

  6. My diet is totally screwed!