My grandparents live in the super tiny village of Dundrennan, situated in the South West of Scotland, a few miles outside of Kirkcudbright and hosts the historic landmark that is Dundrennan Abbey. You probably have no idea what that is but basically, Mary Queen of Scots, remember her? Well… You may also remember that she was beheaded in England BUT she spent her last night in Scotland at the Abbey. And what a beautiful Abbey it is. I have many memories of the Abbey from my childhood and all the fascinating head stones full of history and stories to tell. It’s a beautiful building and if you’re planning a trip to the south of Scotland, I’d definitely recommend stopping by. Recently, what used to be a pub in Dundrennan (but closed down because it’s technically in the middle of nowhere), has been transformed into a quaint little Bed and Breakfast with a beautiful tearoom that overlooks the gorgeous Cistercian Abbey. This new B&B/tearoom is now the talk of the village and their opening day was packed I hear from my grandmother. My grandparents aren’t very likely to be gallivanting outside the house so when we phoned them prior to visiting, we were a bit shocked to find out they didn’t answer because they were up the road having a bite to eat at the tearoom! It must be good if it made them leave the house I thought so why not check it out for myself? I figured I’d at least get a nice slab of carrot cake.
As you walk into The Crown and Anchor, you’re met with a wonderfully light and open space. The new owners Jacqui and John have really made use of the space and kept a rustic village-feel to it with the natural wood furnishings thrown in amongst the clean white. The building is situated at the perfect angle to let the daylight flood in through the windows and creates an even lighter and fresher room. It is completely different to the pub it used to be. My mum and gran sat at the table discussing all the changes and complimenting the new decor. The view is the only thing more exquisite than the quaint tearoom, although I may be bias because I’ve always loved this view.
This view was taken from the doorway to the Tearoom and you can see a glimpse of the Abbey on the left behind that big green tree. It’s absolutely gorgeous and a definite tourist must-see.
I wasn’t intending on eating a full meal since I’m trying to make healthier choices and I had already eaten a lot that day but hey, we only live once (lol) and since both my mum and gran were having a meal, I figured I might as well. I ordered the lemon tea and the jacket potato with tuna mayo and it. was. delissssh.
I’m a big fan of tuna and this was lovely. I don’t really use butter so I gave mine to mum who loves the buttery, fluffy texture of potatoes and spooned the tuna mayo on my potato and devoured it. The tuna was just the right combination of fish to creamy ratio. I’m definitely not a mayonnaise fan and although this looks like there’s a lot of mayo in it, it certainly didn’t taste that way.
I am a huge lover of coleslaw however. I will add it to most things because it’s just delicious and homemade coleslaw is even better. This has mustard seeds and although I haate mustard, this was absolutely divine. The BEST coleslaw I have ever tried, no word of a lie. My only fault with this dish at all was that there wasn’t enough coleslaw (mum gave me hers though so it’s all good!)
As soon as I walked into the tearoom, I had my eyes on the carrot cake for sure. If you read my Graze Variety Box review – you’ll have noticed I have a thing for carrot cake. After sitting down and having a glance into the refrigerated display unit, I saw these beautiful cups and knew whatever was inside, I would be eating. Lucky for me it was banoffee pie. I leeerve banoffee pie. The crunchy biscuit base with the sweet caramel and creamy banana with thick whipped cream is what I call an all-in-one dessert. The adorable teacup to serve it was merely an attractive bonus. I mean, look at it? How could I not order this and take endless photographs for Instagram?
The Crown and Anchor Tearoom in Dundrennan is a tourist hot-spot and doubles as a Bed and Breakfast with en-suite bathrooms (ooh la la) and with the gorgeous view and the tasty meals, why would you ever want to leave?