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“Back in Time”

The Hidden Tearoom and Bistro
Ranked #5 of 5 Coffee & Tea in Castleton
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

We found the tearoom unlike the other visitors as we were the only customers. The décor is old and it did look like the business was going through a bad patch.
We did not have any hot food but what we had was nice but a bit expensive. The tea was however made with loose tea leaves. The owner is a character and very engaging. The café needs a bit of TLC and updating but it was fine for what we wanted.

2  Thank perfick
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

The owner was boastful of his business, there was no one in it. Every year we have gone in just once and every year it has declined. The restaurant was cluttered and appeared dirty, the owner was dishevelled and his hands appeared dirty when serving the food. Although the scones were lovely the home made jam was too sickly sweet and the clotted cream made us all feel very sick. Coupled with the owners poor attempt at sarcastic humour it made for a horrible time. The best cream teas were from Monsal Head!!

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7  Thank Rachael2572
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

My suggestion- keep well away from here. Castleton is a lovely village and everywhere seemed to be of a good standard except the Hidden Tearoom- oh that it has remained hidden but we were looking for ice creams and cream teas and he seemed to be offering both at a reasonable rate.
We ate outside so didn't have to suffer the interior decor, but the owner managed to reduce one of the family to tears and the rest of us were furious when we discovered the scones were mouldy. And the tea, still served in cafetieres was also mouldy tasting. We left with as little fuss as possible as the owner seemed quite likely to get nasty.
The only other problem- visitors don't tend to read Trip Advisor before their visit- only share their disappointment afterwards!

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15  Thank Sheila H
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We visited this tearoom on Saturday 12th July during a family weekend to celebrate my brother's50th birthday. The owner managed to reduce one of our young people to tears with his 'humour' which resulted in her and her boyfriend leaving us and put a HUGE dampener on our wonderful afternoon. We had already placed an order for cream teas so the rest of the party stayed to honour our order HUGE MISTAKE -the tea served in a coffee cafeteria tasted mouldy and we found mould growing on the "freshly home made scones" totally unacceptable - I wish I had read the other reviews of this place - another huge mistake - so if you are reading this before visiting ..... THEN DON'T - health hazard !!!!

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12  Thank Mazzianne
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Tea rooms very run down. Dirty with no toilet facilities. We decided not to eat as the place as it was so disgusting. Intimidating man, who looked dirty, became nasty on us trying to leave!

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7  Thank Annajune87
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