Can you have too much of a good thing? When it comes to cake, I don’t think you can.
And the same goes for quirky tearooms. Three years on since opening Tea Jennys, owner Jenny Duncan has opened Wee Jennys next door to her popular original cafe and restaurant.
Tea Jennys quickly established itself as a Falkirk favourite, as anyone who has joined the queue for a table on a Saturday can vouch, but Wee Jennys isn’t a carbon copy.
Downstairs houses a deli, managed by the friendly and very knowledgeable Moira Holland Forester, serving homemade and speciality produce including jams, chutneys, pies, scones, oils, ice cream and homemade breads. And for the sweet of tooth, the deli comes into its own with a wonderfully stocked patisserie selling chocolates, tablet and macaroons, all made on the premises.
Upstairs is a kitsch 1950s boudoir-inspired tea room, serving lots of the produce they sell downstairs. The decor is a real talking point and the menu is small, eclectic and uses local, in-season produce whenever possible.
I went for beetroot soup with an avocado and blue cheese open sandwich from the specials board and my mum had the pate, served with chunky bread, from the menu. My wee boy turned his nose up at the tomato soup, and instead was kept busy with a scoop of delicious homemade ice cream.
It’s clear Jenny has a keen eye for presentation and each dish is displayed beautifully. My sandwich and soup arrived on a wooden board, while the pate was served on a huge slab of tree trunk. It would be sacrilege to visit without sampling cake, and the blackcurrant and lemon cake and chocolate salted caramel chiffon cake were nothing short of incredible.
Wee Jennys hasn’t played it safe with its menu – there is no macaroni and the sandwich fillings are far from standard – but foodies can’t help but be impressed by the attention to detail and quality produce used.
We stopped off at the deli on the way out to buy some famous Stornoway black pudding, tablet and beautifully coloured macaroons. Unfortunately my mum’s greedy dog got to her macaroons first, but my dog wasn’t so lucky and I can confirm they were delicious.
I reviewed Tea Jennys when it opened, and have since become a regular visitor – in fact I blame a good stone of my pregnancy weight on their cakes – but it looks like Tea Jennys has a rival for my affections.
Kings Court, Falkirk