Best tea rooms in Southwest Scotland

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Our top 10 tea rooms in Southwest Scotland are right here…

Whether it’s a cheap and cheerful pit stop or a refined refuelling spot you’re in need of, tea rooms, coffee shops and cafes are a vital part of the community for company as well as a cuppa.

1. Brodies, Moffat

A superior establishment with tea to match. Top class brew Jenier is a delight with Brodies’ exquisite afternoon tea.

Take it up a notch with a G&T at their gin lounge, the first in Dumfries & Galloway.

2. Café Ariete, Moffat

Ecclefechan tart is the speciality at Cafe Ariete (above): a popular sweet treat with locals and visitors.

If you haven’t tried it you must – for the name alone! And we love the brownie – consistently wonderful, it never fails to thrill.

3. Mutchies Munchies, Moffat

Proud winner of Best Food in the Dumfries & Galloway Business Awards this year, this brightly coloured establishment dishes out frappuccino, ice-cream floats, iced tea, raspberry, banana and white chocolate scones and a fine fish finger sandwich.

4. Hugo’s, Moffat

In need of a sweet pick-me-up? This is the spot for a dairy-free or prosecco afternoon tea.

Reserve a table on the verandah for a spot of peoplewatching on Moffat’s unique double high street.

5. The Usual Place, Dumfries

This former church now buzzing spacious café is loved by locals and serves a decent cuppa – decaf too.

Plus there’s a supreme lunch menu efficiently served by lovely people.

The falafel burger is a must.

6. A’ the Airts Community Arts Centre, Sanquhar

Home of the famous Sanquhar Pattern but also a friendly base to catch up with friends over a brew and scrumptious baking.

The baking talents on display here (cheese scones, quiche) are something to behold – and best scoffed early in the day before they run out!

7. Mrs Green’s Tea Lounge, Dumfries

Voted the best independent café in the UK for its mouth-watering food – served vintage style.

So much to drool over here.

We love the deli special sandwich: cheese, chilli and vegan haggis stack.

8. The Stove Network, Dumfries

Well known for its arty scene and hearty stews, this award-winning centre has friendly staff who make you feel right at home.

Their ethos is all about ‘creativity and community’ plus fine food and live cultural events.

9. Mr Pook’s Kitchen, Castle Douglas

Pop in for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea – and dinner on special occasions.

Based in Dumfries and Galloway’s food town, this is one impressive place taking local produce and creating a unique taste of the region.

The Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent loved it so much she declared: ‘Happiness is moments such as these’.

We have to agree.

10. Pumpernickel, Dumfries

Based on the oldest street in Dumfries, this café recently switched to 100% meat-free fare which is going down a treat.

When the food is this delicious who needs meat?

Thai meals (spring rolls, chilli tofu, steam dumplings noodles), but also classics such as veg cottage pie with baked beans are all served up in a calm and pleasant atmosphere.

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