Ever had a craving so bad that it gnaws away at you like a dog with a bone?
You dream about it at night, you daydream about it during your waking hours .
Mine lasted a full fortnight. It wasn’t a slab of chocolate or a cheeky glass of vino I was fixating on, it was afternoon tea.
Not just a cuppa, I wanted the full monty...sandwiches, cream scone, gooey cake.
The morning seemed interminable as I waited for my calorie-laden dream to come true.
Just after lunch I could wait no longer and we headed for Tchar, a bespoke and bijou licensed tearoom in Chesterfield’s dining out quarter.
The accent is on vintage, from the soft grey and white wallpaper and large art deco style mirror to the floral-patterned cake stand on which my £10.95 tea made its grand entrance.
Four sandwiches, two chicken and two cheese on brown bread, served on a bed of salad drizzled with balsamic dressing looked too good to eat...and didn’t disappoint.
I was offered the choice of five different scones by our waitress, sadly plain wasn’t among them, so I opted for walnut and date which was an odd combination with clotted cream and strawberry jam but was tasty nonetheless.
The two slices of cake were the piece de resistance. The plain sponge was as light as a feather and melted in the mouth, the rose infused-iced sponge was decorated with a tiny rosebud and had a real summery taste.
My companion awarded top marks to his smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches on granary bread, which was accompanied by a large salad (£8.25) and washed down with a glass of red wine (£4.50).
Our only quibble was the easy-listening pop music which sounded out of place.
Champagne knitters nights, Mad Hatters tea parties for kids and a dog park for four-legged friends ensure that Tchar has all bases covered.
I also found out that afternooon tea is served there all day so guess who’ll be first through the door at 9am when that craving strikes again?
Rating: Four stars
Tchar Tea Rooms