Our menu reflects the journey that we have made, from offering refreshment to travellers along The Ulster Way to running a busy tea room and craft workshop in the Dromara Hills.
When started in 1987 we lived and worked down a long lane off the Trassey Track, at the Bank Gate of Tollymore Forest.
We were primarily a craft business making hand loomed sweaters, selling to shops, around the world.
We invited customers into the workshop to see what we made, hopefully to tempt them to order or buy something.
As the lane was part of the celebrated Ulster Way long distance walking route, we did have a substantial ‘passing trade’ opportunity, but of course those out for a walk were not very likely to be also wanting to shop for knitwear!
So we hit on the idea of offering simple refreshment, to lure people off the track and into our place.
There they could have quality home cooked food, surrounded by what we made. We hoped that this would set the seed for the acquisition of a Turnip House sweater at some later date.
It worked. In two ways.
Our philosophy from the start was to provide something of high quality. Simple, authentic, nourishing and tasty.
Over the years that has not changed.
Our lunch menu is this: soup, scones, cake, tea & coffee.
It's surprising how wholesome and satisfying a lunch like this can be.
It is vegetarian, full of your five a day, and low fat, (the cake is lower in sugar too).
A bowl of hot soup, a couple of scones fresh from the oven, a piece of cake and a cuppa, just the ticket.
What we do, we do well, (so we're told).
Fresh, mainly local, and organic ingredients made to our own recipes right in front of your eyes.
There is no need for anything more complicated.
Now we are as well known for our Tea Room as for our Craft. Both sit side by side in happy partnership.
Just like ourselves!
Make It Yourself
We are happy to share our recipes for you to try at home. We're passionate about food and want to pass that on.
It is easy to make the best of meals.
The links below will give you downloadable recipe sheets in PDF format.
Leek and Potato Soup
Golden Vegetable Soup
Cauliflower and Chana Dal Soup
Lentil and Tomato Soup
Lemon Drizzle Cake
Lemon Drizzle Cake Ingredients