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Maddalenas, Cranleigh - On the Tea Shop Trail

PUBLISHED: 11:26 28 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:34 28 February 2015

The enticing counter bedecked with glass cake stands

The enticing counter bedecked with glass cake stands

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Bringing a touch of la dolce vita to the leafy village of Cranleigh, the newly- opened Maddalenas tea room certainly seems to be proving a hit so far...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2015

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Maddalenas, 6 Bank Buildings, 159 High Street Cranleigh GU6 8BB. Open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 4pm. Tel: 01483 276341. Web: maddalenas.net

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The low-down…

Located in the heart of Cranleigh, Maddalenas is a new family-owned tea room offering a traditional café experience with an Italian twist.

Opened by Maddaline Punter with her husband Trevor and their three children, the tea room is named after her Italian grandmother, Maddalena, paying tribute to the family’s southern European heritage.

The aim was to create an elegant but homely café where local people can enjoy a relaxed environment, warm welcome and good quality home-made fare.

 

Best table…

There are ten tables inside and two outside the front, with plans to open a paved patio at the back so that customers can enjoy sitting in the garden.

The decor and china are all matching in cream shades and on the day we visited there were fresh flowers on every table.

“We wanted to stand out and offer customers that premium up-market experience in Cranleigh, instead of thinking they have to go to London for it,” says Maddaline.

They have certainly achieved this with their elegant, understated décor – perfect for a relaxing escape from hectic lifestyles.

 

Cakes and pastries…

The cakes, all made by Maddaline, make a striking display on the counter at the front of the shop.

There is a good range of traditional and modern including Victoria sponge, coffee, limoncello, lime and pistachio (all £3.50 a slice), chocolate brownies and rocky road (both £2.75 a slice), gingerbread men (£1.95) and shortbread (£1.50 a slice).

“The favourites so far have been our brownies, Victoria sponge, limoncello cake and our lime and pistachio cake,” adds Maddaline.

 

On the menu…

In addition to the tempting range of cakes, the menu offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and snacks.

As we arrived at lunchtime, we chose the soup of the day: leek and parsnip with wholemeal bread (£5.95), which was tasty, satisfying and wholesome.

Apparently, the home-made sausage rolls and salad (£6.25) is another popular lunchtime choice.

It’s worth noting that they also cater for gluten-free customers.

Although we were too full for dessert, I couldn’t resist picking up a generous slice of rocky road to take home for my family who enjoyed the mix of chocolate, honeycomb, marshmallows and biscuits.

In addition, there are also special afternoon teas available too.

A selection of ‘normal’ teas cost £2, cappuccino is £2.30 and an Americano is £2.

 

Verdict…

This family-run business is a welcome addition to Cranleigh High Street where great care has been taken over the refined décor, friendly ambience, and a menu offering delightful cakes and savouries. We visited shortly after Maddalenas had opened and it was already doing a brisk trade with tables full and people enjoying the varied menu.

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Top tip:

There is free parking in the high street, available outside the shop, or there is a pay and display car park across the road. Allow enough time to explore the delights of Cranleigh.

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Louise Johncox’s parents, Peter and Frankie, ran Peter’s tea shop in Weybridge from 1958 until 2000 when they retired. Louise has written a book about her parents’ tea shop, The Baker’s Daughter, which is out now in all good bookshops (see louisejohncox.com/index.htm)

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