The Carmen Rose, Ribchester, Lancashire

I have received this review in from Carl Barrow

Making my regular visit to Ribchester I was greeted by a lovely surprise, a newly opened Tea Rooms in the heart of this Roman village.Just what the village needed I thought.I was not prepared however for the surprise inside, Sara the owner has combined her lifelong love of Tea Shops with her own award winning Gift Shop expertise to provide a real gem.
The ground floor is largely given over to the Tea Room, an area where you instantly feel at home and want to spend a lazy afternoon.The menu I was told will be updated on a regular basis, however on this initial visit I chose a mouth watering carrot cake combined with a beautiful pot of tea served in the most amazingly designed crockery (Sara please offer this to your customers as they would make lovely gifts!). Talking of gifts the first floor offers a wide range of gifts to suit every taste from mirrors, prints and furniture to unusual jewellery and items to suit children of all ages.
The visit was rounded off in the peaceful rear garden enjoying a delicious ice cream (from a local farm) which was too good to miss and that sums up the whole experience of The Carmen Rose.