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by Lindsay Law (subscribe)
I'm a working mum writing about life in Edinburgh (and anywhere else we go) with two curious, adventurous, and imaginative children. Visit my blog at Follow me on Twitter: @LinzerLaw
Published November 4th 2012
Going to the chapel and I'm going to eat cake
Cups is a cute little tea room in Scrabster, looking out over the harbour. We stopped there after we had worked up a healthy appetite on a long walk round Holborn Head.

The main tea room is in an old Baptist chapel, and it was promisingly busy when we popped our heads round the door. Too busy to get a seat, but the friendly waitress helped us push two tables together outside and we settled down to order lunch in the late autumn sun.

Cups Tearoom
Cups Tearoom in Scrabster, converted from an old Baptist chapel.

The menu ranges from proper Scottish porridge to afternoon tea for two. There's Something For The Ladies (chocolate tray bakes with prosecco) or hearty baked potatoes overflowing with fillings. My cheese toastie came with a spicy homemade pickle and Kettle-style crisps and salads. Josie was, as always, excited to order boiled eggs and soldiers.

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My cheese toastie. Mmmmmm.
Boiled Eggs and Soldiers
Josie's boiled eggs with soldiers. The yolks were runny, and just right.


Lori, a lover of sausage sandwiches, ordered haggis sausages on a roll. She wasn't deterred by the unusual element of haggis, and she was right not to be, they were very tasty.

Sausage Sandwich
Lori's haggis sausage roll - no roll is complete without liberal application of tomato ketchup. Copyright: Lindsay Law

And for afterwards, on the counter inside the old chapel, were loads of tasty cakes, tray bakes, biscuits, and other goodies to choose from.

The ice-cream milkshakes (one chocolate, one strawberry) were not too sweet, and the girls enjoyed them very much. Our drinks were forgotten about to begin with, but then were delivered with profuse apologies when our food came. We didn't mind at all.

Chocolate Milkshake
So good I had to resist drinking all of this instead of Lori.

The Tearoom, unsurprisingly, has a huge range of teas. The particular brand they use is Brewhaha speciality teas. You can go for a traditional breakfast tea, or perhaps be a little more adventurous and try out rose, or even a special tea brewed for men. Brewhaha came up with this idea when their market research told them that men wanted a tea aimed at them: "Brew's the Daddy!" was the result. My husband certainly appreciated it. But just in case he should be overloaded with testosterone from this most masculine of teas, the teapots all come in sweet, home-knitted cosies in lots of bright colours. The coffee is from Brodies, which made us smile, as it's an Edinburgh coffee merchant, and we've sampled it before back in our home town.

The Tea Set (as the staff call themselves) also make cakes for weddings and birthdays to order. There are also homemade jams and chutneys for sale. The display cases for the cakes, and the racks of homemade preserves all add to the appeal of the decor of the converted chapel.

Hallowe'en Cake
If we hadn't been leaving early the next morning, I would definitely have ordered one of these for Hallowe'en.

We chanced upon Cups, not quite realising what it was but we were very glad we did. If you're out walking, or passing some time waiting for the ferry to Orkney, then do pop in. I am sure you will get a warm welcome, and delicious food. They also do take-away, so you could order ahead and have a delicious, ready-made picnic to take with you on wherever your travels take you.

The end to our Cups tale was a walk back into Thurso along the stony beach. Highly recommended if you have over-indulged on the arrays of goodies on offer.

Scrabster Beach
The perfect way to walk off those cheese toastie calories. Copyright: Lindsay Law
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Why? Yummy Food in the Cutest Tearoom in Caithness
Phone: 01847 896274
Where: The Old Chapel, Scrabster Harbour, KW14 7UJ
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Food looks delish! Enjoyable article as usual Lindsay :)
by Kathleen (score: 2|580) 3352 days ago
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