Cost – £11.95 (July 2015)
Background – The Lynmouth Pavilion Café is a café right on the sea front in Lynmouth next to the funicular railway up the cliff. It is situated upstairs in a modern building (lift available) and has full length glass windows to give a great view of the sea. There is a small outside area overlooking both the sea and the funicular.
Contents – 6 triangle sandwiches (2 each of rough egg mayonnaise, cheese and pickle and ham). A large amount of salad, 1/2 large plain scone already creamed and jammed, a slice of homemade Bakewell tart (cake really!) and a slice of lemon sponge. The tea was loose leaf.
Comments – We sat in the outdoors area overlooking the sea in one direction and the cliff railway next door. A perfect position! The terrace had a mix of table types. We chose a low table with outdoor arm chairs around it. We were given a second table to make enough room for four of us to have tea on.
The tea pot arrived first in a huge lovely flowery patterned tea pot. The tea service all matched with pretty cups and saucers as well.
We were also given a large bottle of cold water and glasses as it was a hot day. The Tea then arrived on a three tiered stands of the spindle type. Two stands with two tiers with plainer plates which contained Tea for one each, plus a three tired stand that matched the pretty tea service and which contained tea for two people.
The sandwiches were very well filled but the egg mayonnaise was extremely chunky with large pieces of egg white. They were all freshly made and very tasty. The sandwiches were accompanied by a large amount of salad.
Unusually, the scone, of which there was only one half each, was ready creamed and jammed. However, it was done generously and the scone halves were quite large. The scone was tasty and fresh.
The cakes were very tasty and moist. The Bakewell was particularly nice.
The tea was of good strength and there was plenty for several cups each (though only three of us were drinking tea). It just about stayed warm enough despite being outside.There was a no choice of type of tea. We didn’t try to get a refill.