Restaurant review - The Cottage Tea Room, Brinscall

The Cottage Tea Room at Brinscall
The Cottage Tea Room at Brinscall

Delightful tea room is a slice of England worth experiencing

Saturday . . . aaah.

A beautiful summer’s day, no work to go to and time to do just what I wanted to do . . . aah.

The simple pleasures of life.

Now I never have a breakfast during the week, unless I’m on holiday, then it’s maybe brunch or bacon or sausage on toast. Something like that.

When I’m working, it’s straight off to the office, a brew later in the morning and a sandwich at lunchtime.

Well, I’d been promising to visit The Cottage Tea Room on School Lane, Brinscall, for some time.

It’s just down the road from me, if you like.

I shouldn’t have left it so long.

It’s a delightful tearoom in a lovely village setting and I can see why it’s such a popular little place to travel out to, or to just stop off for a bite to eat.

Originally a small farming community, King cotton moved into the Brinscall, which nestles on the edge of the West Pennine Moors, in the 19th century, while a nearby quarry provided work for many villagers.

Today, it’s a popular residential area, a commuter village with the M61 a couple of miles away, giving easy access to Manchester and Preston.

It’s a well trodden path for walkers and hikers.

Kim and Janet at The Cottage Tea Room throw their door open to everyone, villagers and visitors alike, and they say “cyclists, runners and walkers with muddy boots”.

I’d made my mind up to have the all day full English breakfast which comes with two bacon, two sausage, a free range egg, tomato, beans and two slices of toast. I also had a pot of tea.

It arrived and looked delicious – and was just that. Many places now offer all day breakfasts, of course, at varying prices, and you can tell the difference in quality.

Mine was freshly cooked with quality produce and at a no quibble £4.95.

With the toast it was an ideal portion.

Together with the pot of tea it came to a great value £6.05. What more do you want?

You’ll discover a range of delicious homemade snacks and cakes at The Cottage Tea Room, which has been open since March 2008.

For example, sausage and egg on toast is £2.50; two slices of cheese on toast £3; homemade soup of the day, served with chunky bread and butter £3.45; ham sandwich £3.25; tuna mayonnaise jacket potato £3.25; hot sandwiches, with a choice of tasty fillings such as bacon, stilton and tomato on toasted bread £4.25; toasties £3.75.

There’s a ‘today’s specials’ board and a choice of mouth-watering cakes. A cream tea special is £2.95, plus the Special Treat, a chocolate nut sundae made with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, chocolate and toffee sauce, nuts, wafers, flake and topped with cream is £2.95.

The Cottage Tea Room is a little slice of England in a little corner of Lancashire.

It’s friendly and welcoming, a summer oasis, a winter warmer.

A place to gather with a friend for a tasty snack, cup of tea and a cake and a natter.

Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.


Name: The Cottage Tea Room

Address: 25A School Lane, Brinscall

Contact: 07984 835851

Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm; Bank Holidays 11am-4pm.

Wheelchair access: Yes