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Monday, 24 February 2014

Hythe: The Dolls House

Intrigued by what we saw from peeking through the window, this café is like nothing we've experienced before. First of all, the building itself is pretty impressive, but the interior and atmosphere within is fantastic.


Entering the ground floor you are met with an eclectic range of mismatched tables and chairs - church pews nestled next to comfy old Chesterfield sofas, wooden farmhouse chairs some painted in bright colours in contrast to ultra modern Starks ghost chairs along with painted wicker tub chairs. The ceiling is super high making the space feel massive, but it manages to remain cosy and welcoming with a really happy buzz.

  
As well as being a café The Dolls House is also an area which hosts temporary art exhibitions by local artists, sells home accessories, designer and shabby chic furniture and second hand books.

 

 This is a place that you could visit again and again without getting bored as to where to sit or what to choose off the menu. A great spot for meeting with friends or just popping in solo whilst on a  shopping trip around Hythe. The staff are all friendly and acknowledge you when entering, the service is speedy and the prices reasonable. It has a cute little area set up for children to sit at mini tables and chairs where they can pretend they are in a giant dolls house whilst sipping on apple juice and nibbling on cupcakes.
 

If we hadn't been full up from previous tea room tastings that morning, we would have definitely tried out the lunch options. All the food served here is, as they claim, good honest homemade and very enticing. Choices include soup, warm goats cheese salad, cheese and bacon quiche, bacon bap, sausage roll, freshly made baguette or panini and warm buttery croissants to name just a few!


The cake selection was also superb - Lemon and poppy seed, lime and coconut, raspberry and orange, classic Victoria sponge, carrot with Philly topping, coffee and walnut. All looked so delicious, we went for the coffee and walnut.

Having reached our fluid coffee intake for the day, we tried out the tea. Yorkshire tea for him, Teapigs lemon and ginger for moi. All served up in bright white china with bright blue teapots. Both teas were very good, and the cake is the best coffee cake we have had hands down.


The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
LOVE it! This is definitely going to be a regular stop off when in Hythe, even to the point that we would come to Hythe especially so we could pop in here for tea and cake. What makes it special is the mix of great atmosphere, great seating arrangements, interesting interior, friendly staff and fantastic food and drink.


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