Tea, Cake & a Warm Scottish Welcome
Set in spectacular Perthshire scenery, Pitlochry is a beautiful Scottish town popular with tourists for over 150 years, with even Queen Victoria enjoying her holiday there back in 1842. Surrounded by mountains and with a celebrated cafe, restaurant and tearoom culture, it's the perfect stop-off for tourists, including the many hikers who work up a thirst and appetite while doing a spot of hill-walking in the area.
An array of colour set amongst the row of Victorian grey stone buildings in Pitlochry's main street marks the entrance to Hettie's Tea Rooms. Amongst the splashes of lively foliage provided by the many hanging baskets and window boxes which decorate the attractive street, pulling the eyes like a magnet are the striking blue and pink hues of this welcoming place of refreshment.
The vivacious colours continue inside with golden hued wooden floors and counters enclosed by warm pink walls and aqua patterned wallpaper, accompanied by coordinating tablecloths and chair seats.
The fabulous colour scheme is the work of owner, Clare Pinchbeck, who told us "We wanted to stand out from the crowd - creams, beige and brown were definitely NOT in the palate! We wanted traditional values with a modern twist, so we took the colours which appear on Victorian china and gave them a new lease of life."
Huge teapot decorations and cheerful signs add to the affable atmosphere. There's a 'Hey there good looking
' notice welcoming visitors just inside the door, and 'Hettie's Wee Tea Shop, Come browse a while!
' beckoning those who've come in to buy some tea to take home.
At Hettie's, this is tea and cake heaven. With no less than 27 different types of loose leaf tea to try; each coming with its own quirky little description to help you make up your mind. We like the sound of the 'Good strong kick in the pants' which comes with the Indian Assam black tea. Or the promise of the 'Zing a Ling a Ding Dong' effect you may be lucky enough to experience with one of the fruity tea infusions.
And when stopping for a brew, it wouldn't seem right to have one without a freshly-baked wedge from the delectable selection of home-made cakes, or perhaps one of their light lunches. Even if you've not time to sit and eat, the deliciously named 'Cakeaway' service from the counter just inside the door sounds like a perfect plan 'B'.
At Hettie's, they're proud of their individuality, with the website explaining, "We set out to make Hettie's feel like a visit to your old, eccentric Auntie's. Mismatched vintage china, hand made cakes, scones baked daily and a welcome that makes you feel like you belong."
For a generous Scottish greeting served up with tempting teas and scrumptious bakes, Hetties is a destination worth seeking out next time you're en route to the Highlands.
Find Hetties Tea Rooms at 93-95 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5AB. Tel 01796 473991. Look them up on the web where you can buy their teas online at hettiesteas.co.uk
, on Facebook at HettiesTearoomPitlochry
and Twitter @HettiesTearooms
Date: 02 October 2015
Author: The 360 Company