M74, Junction 8; 9 minutes
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Cake lovers will adore the cosy Tudor Coffee House, whose stately black timbers at the head of the town square look fresh out of a fairy tale. The café is daintily decorated with flowery bistro curtains, white linen tablecloths and vintage china. Reasonable prices and excellent baking mean it’s often packed, so on fine days you can spill out onto the riverside terrace and watch the world go by in this historic market town.
Breakfasts and sweet treats are the speciality here. The counter is packed with Marianne and her team’s home baking under gleaming glass cloches, from lip-smacking strawberry tarts to lemon and ginger scones and homemade chocolate truffles. Hot chocolate is made with proper flakes of chocolate and tea is served in pretty floral china.
Lunches are simple and traditional – including Cajun chicken paninis and vegetable lasagne – but it’s the cream and afternoon teas that people rave about.