Having your cake and tea too

Tea Jennys is a popular stop off for hungry - and thirsty - shoppers
Tea Jennys is a popular stop off for hungry - and thirsty - shoppers
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In my current condition I’ve developed a bit of a sweet tooth.

Okay, more that a bit. I’ve eaten more desserts and ice creams in the past seven months that I have in my lifetime but I’m pregnant so it’s allowed, even if there is now a very real risk that this baby is going to come out part cheesecake.

11/10/12. John Devlin. FALKIRK Tea Jenny's King's Court, off High Street, pics for restaurant review. Jenny.

11/10/12. John Devlin. FALKIRK Tea Jenny's King's Court, off High Street, pics for restaurant review. Jenny.

So when the opportunity to review Tea Jennys came up, I jumped at the chance.

I’d heard very good things about this tea room tucked off the High Street and a quick glance at the glowing reviews on Tripadvisor only whetted my appetite further.

The restaurant recently celebrated its first anniversary and must have been doing something right since the twice I’ve tried to visit on a Saturday it has been queued out the door.

Expecting things to be a little less hectic on a Wednesday afternoon, I headed to Tea Jennys with my mum in tow - which, by the way, had nothing to do with the fact that it was her birthday that week (age undisclosed) - for a spot of lunch.

As it turned out, things aren’t much calmer in Tea Jennys midweek and we were lucky to grab the last table in the quirky tea room.

Despite the busy atmosphere, our waitress was as cool as a cucumber and chatted away as she took our order of homemade potato and garlic soup served with warm home made bread and a brie and homemade chutney panini. Both were served quickly, generously sized and very reasonably priced.

Now, in normal circumstances I wouldn’t dream of having a sweet at lunch time, but the sight of the cake counter was just too much. Treats on offer change daily and on our visit included mouth-watering choices such as maple syrup cake, the intriguing rainbow cake and chocolate Malteser cake. I plumped for a peach melba slice, which was dainty in comparison to my mum’s head-sized meringue. Both were delicious and should have been washed down with, of course, a pot of tea served in Tea Jennys’ quirky hand-knitted tea cosies in the shapes of cartoon characters, cupcakes and flowers.

Only we didn’t have tea.

Yes, we ventured to a cafe named Tea Jennys where they brew their own blend, and neither of us had a cuppa. But my mum declared the coffee - also brewed to their own bean combo - delicious and my can of Diet Irn Bru hit the spot.

Owned by Jenni Duncan, herself a self-confessed tea and home-baking junkie, Tea Jennys also offers afternoon tea and has an outdoor seating area if you fancy braving the cold.

With great service, low prices and cakes the size of your head I’m already contemplating how many trips I can make to King’s Court while pregnant.

And, more importantly, by eight months’ pregnant is it acceptable to have two cakes with lunch?

Tea Jennys, King’s Court, just off the High Street, Falkirk. Telephone (01324) 228185. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sunday.