The Parlour is a gorgeous little tea room just off the A1 near Northumberlandia and a lovely place to meet up with friends or family for lunch or afternoon tea. We often visit in the summer and love letting the kids play in the playhouse in their garden.
You would honestly never guess you were next door to the busy A1 - The Parlour is so peaceful and tranquil and feels as if you are sitting in the middle of the countryside.
We decided to pop in for breakfast with the kids over half term en-route to a family day out. We arrived at around 10am and a lot of the tables were booked already so I would definitely recommend booking in advance if you can. Saying that though, we did manage to get a seat.
Poppy Tea Rooms provide table service and staff were friendly and helpful. We were the only ones with kids there but that didn't bother me and we were made to feel welcome.
The parlour do offer kids meals for £3.95 which are very good value. Options include Pasta, Pizza or even a children's afternoon tea complete with mini chocolate milkshake. There isn't however a separate children's breakfast menu which can make eating out at breakfast here with the family rather expensive.
Breakfast is served from 9:30am-11:30am. The boys went for Lincolnshire Sausage Sandwich at £4.25 which they thoroughly enjoyed. Their accompanying apple juice was £2.20 which I did find to be a bit on the pricey side - it would be nice to see a smaller version for kids on the menu I think.
Heidi went for Poached eggs on toast which at £3.50 we found to be extremely good value for money - she was very happy with her choice.
I ordered the Welsh Rarebit on toasted sourdough with Proscuitto - at £4.95 I was very pleased with my choice - it definitely hit the spot.
Steve decided on Eggs Florentine (£4.95) which again was delicious with perfectly cooked eggs.
If your children don't fancy a cooked breakfast there are plenty of other options on the breakfast menu to choose from including croissants, tea cakes and crumpets.
Our breakfast was £30 for the 5 of us which at the time I did find a touch on the expensive side, however on reflection I think this criticism is a bit harsh and maybe I was feeling a bit tight that day! We had absolutely no complaints with the food, ambience and service and there were clean plates all round.
The Parlour is also available to hire for special occasions and weddings. I have been lucky enough to be invited to a wedding here this year and I can't think of a more beautiful location.