Charlotte and I were tired out and the thought of cooking that evening was a bit of a chore. As we were lucky enough to have some time (if not energy) we escaped to the laid back village of Shere, in the Surrey Hills, for a casual catch up and a satisfying lunch at The Dabbling Duck cafe.
The Dabbling Duck Shere has an inviting appearance.
The River Tilling Bourne was just steps away from the cafe.
While this one was basking in the autumn sunshine,
most were definitely dabbling ducks.
It’s not only these mallards that are enjoying the sparkling shallows of the river. This dapper pair look like they’ve just been to a regatta. Lovely ‘up do’.
We didn’t book as it was a weekday lunchtime and we knew there were lots of tables. But, they were all taken so we head out into the garden. Luckily for us it was a warm sunny day.
Charlotte checked the menu over and it sounded both hearty and healthy. Perfect for us today.
Having made our choices we popped inside to place our order.
My Pear and Elderflower ‘Posh Pop’ was heavenly and I guzzled it down. Charlotte sipped her cloudy apple juice more elegantly.
With sugar surging through me I feel especially creative… *waves*
This shabby chic little garden space has some cute touches.
Dinner arrives. My salmon fish cakes were big and luscious with a thin crunchy coating.
Soft potato and salad onions snuggle along with the salmon.
Charlotte’s huge Mexican bean burger came with a lime and coriander yogurt.
Packed full of beans and herbs, it was moist and beautifully spiced.
Feeling a bit fragile, we both decided to get out of the sun and finish off inside. Some tables had cleared and we were given a choice by friendly staff.
The interior is enchanting and packed full of character.
These window seats were cute (nice to watch the ‘world’ go by).
This nice big kitchen table was inviting.
The cakes looked delicious and very appetising. They seemed homemade, looking perfectly imperfect.
We placed our order and enjoyed looking about. The room is lovely and packed full of deli foods and cutesy things to buy as gifts (or treat yourselves!). I bought some fantastic little Award winning chocolate bars from Kokoh Chocolate (made locally).
Our cakes arrived in no time. Lemon drizzle for Charlotte (she could never resist a crunchy sugar top!) and pineapple and carrot cake for me (hoping for 2 of my 5 a day).
The cakes were lovely and moist (I know! I hate to use that word again but if you look up a synonym for moist you get words like damp, soggy or clammy – urgh!).
The froth on my cappuccino was dreamy and laden with sweetened cocoa powder.
We left full and contented. We’ll be happy with a bowl of granola on our laps tonight munched in front of the tv, bliss.
Meanwhile, these local ducks were still dabbling.
The Dabbling Duck
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