A fine Folly

PUBLISHED: 15:55 31 July 2013

Folly Tearoom, Hoppers Yard, Holt. Owners, Judith and Adrian West.

Folly Tearoom, Hoppers Yard, Holt. Owners, Judith and Adrian West. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

Why did you decide to open your cafe? Adrian and I bought Hoppers Yard in Holt three years ago. The house itself and the outbuildings date back to around 1715 and it was originally an old coaching inn and ale house. It was completely derelict so we set about transforming the house first and then the yard, where we created different retail units. When it was finished it just felt so special, so we decided to keep one and open a vintage tea room.

How would you describe its character? Relaxed, charming, stylish and pretty. We want customers to feel spoiled, and no matter how frantic things are, you step in here and it just feels so calming and beautiful. I have always been a magpie for china and we serve everything using vintage crockery; it comes from all over the place.

Do you have a signature drink? Our teas are really special and working with a tea company in Kent, we have created all our own blends. We serve 17 different varieties. Try the Choco-Folly, blended from chocolate, black tea, rose and lavender or Silver Rose –a delicate white tea with rose buds.

What’s the flavour of your menu?

Quirky and original. Our special Folly’s breakfast served on a tiered stand includes local cheeses and cured meats, croissants, bread and fresh fruit. We have a simple ever changing lunch menu, it could be a home-made pork and apple pie, crab salad, Thai fishcakes or soup. Our afternoon teas and home-made cakes are served all day, and on Fridays and Saturdays we do our Early Evening Bites tapas menu.

Which Norfolk ingredients can people find on it? Wherever possible we buy ingredients which are local and seasonal. We have our smoked salmon cured locally, meat from the nearby butcher

and at the moment we love our fresh Cromer crabs.

How much should someone expect to pay for breakfast or lunch? Lunch is around £6.25, our special breakfast is £12.95, afternoon teas start at £12.95 and cakes are £2.50.

Have any of your cakes generated a following? Our carrot cake and fridge cake are popular, but our scones are the real talking point. We do the cheese folly scone, served with chutney, and the fruit folly scone, with clotted cream.

Do you serve alcohol? Yes, we are fully licensed – perfect for serving pink champagne with our afternoon teas.

What’s your top dish recommendation for July? Our fantastic afternoon teas are served on beautiful vintage tiered cake stands and crockery, they include wonderful sandwiches, reflecting what is in season from crab to venison, miniature versions of our popular homemade cakes and our famous scones.

Can you eat al fresco at your café? We have a wonderful courtyard surrounded by beautiful gardens, which is just lovely in the summer.

Where might someone go after a stop at your café? Holt is a lovely town to explore and here in our courtyard we have a selection of lovely shops, including gift and home wares shops and vintage fashion.

Open: Monday to Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday and Saturdays 9am-8pm.

Folly Tearoom, Hoppers Yard, Bull Street, Holt, NR25 6LN; 01263 713569.

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