Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Tried and tested: Hayden's coffee shop

Owen and I spent a lovely sunny afternoon off in Rye last week and ended up going to Hayden's for cream tea. Hayden's is an eco friendly, organic guest house at the top of the High Street in Rye - with a wonderful coffee shop. I've dropped in for lunch a few times before - it has such a relaxing atmosphere and the staff are always friendly, you never feel rushed and there are always a few people there on their own enjoying a coffee and reading the paper. Refreshingly, Hayden's approach to green thinking is integrated across the whole business, from the sourcing of ingredients for food, to the plumbing, lighting and cleaning materials they use- without compromising customer experience - proving how realistic eco-business is these days.

We both ordered cream tea and were offered a choice of locally produced jams. The scones were wholesome looking, beautifully misshapen and most importantly - huge. They were served warm with super-fluffy freshly whipped cream, butter and jam. The giant pot of tea we shared with our scones easily contained a generous six cups - for a little over £5 each for organic cream tea, this really did represent good value - and I'll be back again for more.

Cream tea at Hayden's, Rye
The coffee shop is decorated with brightly painted teapots
The cafe terrace at Hayden's, Rye

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