Let me tell you about a charming little place that has restored my faith in human nature. The name of this place is the Amulree , located somewhere in the middle of nowhere. http://amulreetearoom.com/
Fresh from our trip to Northumberland and desperate to maintain a holiday vibe we had taken a trip to Dunkeld to introduce the wee one to Peter Rabbit and friends. The Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden in Birnam tells the story Miss Potter and offers a fully interactive experience for children. We visited Mrs Tiggy Winkle in her house, saw Jeremy fishing and Ns favourite – the Gentleman Fox.
To be honest food was the last thing on my mind. Following our Northumberland curry quest (more on that at a later date) I felt like a foie gras duck and the scales were backing me up. however B had been on Trip Advisor and had sourced a tea room nearby that got cracking reviews and never one to let a new foodie find slip through my fingers, I agreed that we should seek it out for lunch.
We drove out of Dunkeld into the hills and after about ten miles we reached the middle of nowhere – the Amulree . This charming little whitewashed cafe, complete with bunting floating in the breeze, was surprisingly busy considering the location. I had that tinkly feeling that told me it was going to be good.
The interior was spotless, tasteful and modern with local art (for sale) adorning every wall. There were about five tables for customers and a little area with toys to keep children amused. The menu was very small – soup, paninis and home-made cakes. It may be small but let me assure you that it was absolutely perfectly formed.
We were just about to place our order when we clocked the sign up on the wall ” we don’t accept cards, cash only”. BUGGER! Like the Queen we had no actual real money with us. We got up to leave whilst explaining our predicament to the waitress when she stopped us in our tracks with this ” Oh that should be fine just send a cheque in when you can”. Once we collectively scraped our jaws up from the floor and tried to take in this astoundingly refreshing trust in ones fellow-man, we ordered …
We both chose the home-made mushroom soup. This could be served with either soda bread, rice cakes or oatcake. I opted for soda bread – good choice! The beautifully “meaty” mushroom soup was beautifully flavoured and laced with cream. Comfort in a bowl – all was right with the world. The soda bread was unlike any soda bread I have ever tasted before (in a good way). It was light with a lovely sweetness which loved lashings of salty butter.
It should have been enough but there was a cabinet of cakes that could not be ignored. B proclaiming his body a “template” did abstain – how disturbingly unusual!
I justified my cake consumption by announcing that I was actually having two of my five a day in choosing a moist and delicious looking frosted courgette and lemon cake – don’t judge me! This cake was to die for – so moist with such a beautiful lemony tang balancing the sweetness. I am always surprised at how delicious cakes using vegetables are – a bit like the famous Peter Kay sketch – Garlic …. and Bread. Courgette …. and cake!!! But delicious it was.
So if you fancy a trip to the middle of nowhere to take in stunning views, sample wonderful food and meet some lovely people with a refreshing attitude – you can’t get better than the Amulree. (cheques in the post!)