So I’ve previously reviewed several coffee shops, but up until now I haven’t looked at anywhere that specialises in tea. But I thought I’d write about this one, partly inspired by Brian’s review of To A Tea in Farringdon.
I was on holiday on the Isle of Skye for the first time earlier this year. We were driving on a day of typical Scottish weather (four seasons in one day). At that point it was blustery and pouring with rain, and we were looking for somewhere to stop for lunch, at the north end of the island. I spotted the sign on the front of a house as we drove into Staffin, “The Small and Cosy Tea House“. I hadn’t heard of it, but it looked inviting, and frankly it didn’t seem like there would be a lot of other choices in this very rural area.
And it turned out to be a very good place to stop. The tea house is an old crofthouse, which has had its living room converted to seat about 18 people in quite a cosy atmosphere… as the name indicates!
There was a wide range of teas available, as you’d expect, and some filter coffee for the non-tea drinkers. And there were lots of different home-made cakes available. We sampled a couple and they were both lovely. There was also a thai soup which was v. nice too. And everything was presented beautifully, with some local stoneware and Yixing clay teapots.
The teahouse is set amongst some stunning scenery. You look out the back windows to some mountains, and the view out the front looks over the sea towards the west coast of the mainland. It’s about 10 miles north of the Old Man of Storr, which should be on the to-do list of anyone visiting Skye. So if it is, you should make a short trip up to Staffin to sample the tea and cake here.
Be sure and check out this review on Blackberry Rambles which has lots of good photos (I foolishly didn’t bother taking any of my own).
Take a look inside using Google Streetview!