Whicker chairs, embroidered table cloths, and novelty animal salt and pepper shakers. That’s a good start for a traditional English tea room and as we entered Harriet’s Tea Room in Los Cristianos I also noted the bright open plan design, colourful china tea pots, and of course the glass cabinet of home made cakes.
Modern tastes are very discerning and there is a growing demand in Tenerife for gluten free food. My dining friend was in that number so the large choice of gluten free options on the menu was a big attraction. Opting for a snack, my friend chose sandwiches with smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill served with salad and it definitely passed the test. After a hard afternoon’s swimming at Las Vistas beach I wanted something more substantial and picked a chicken burger with garlic mayo, chips, and salad. That hit the spot perfectly.
Here’s a confession. We didn’t try the tea. Well, it was early evening so white wine and coke were our tipples. The book-like menu had a page and a half of specialist teas like apple and pear green tea, blackcurrant and vanilla, or Darjeeling. Harriet’s serves all day breakfasts from 9am and has a large terrace set back from the main road. We sat inside but of course it wasn’t just so I could check the football updates on the two large screens. There’s free Wi Fi but where better to be old fashioned and have a good old natter?
Flicking through the menu I spotted many temptations; pancakes, ice creams, jacket potatoes, and home made burgers but our minds were already straying to the home made cakes. Gluten free food choices are clearly marked on the menu but the staff were happy to reassure my friend before she ordered Victoria sandwich with strawberries and cream. I went for the lemon drizzle with cream, pleasingly crumbly and tangy.
Our visit was just a week after opening, there’s a bigger spread of evening meals to come, but owners Stuart and Diana had already perfected their recipes and menus with another long established Harriet’s Tea Room in Fañabe. The new premises is a large one but well set out and just around the corner from the Los Cristianos bus station at the main junction of town.
Our bill came to €23 euros including two wines and a coke.
Harriet’s Tea Room, San Marino Complex, Los Cristianos; (0034) 603 368 151; open 9am to late every day.
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