The UK’s best cozy cafes to warm up after an invigorating walk, from Devon to Yorkshire

The cozy cafes to warm up to after an invigorating walk, from the one in Devon serving Nutella hot chocolate to the tea room in Yorkshire that welcomes ‘muddy boots and wet paws’

  • Enjoy the warmth of the wood burning stove in the tea rooms at The Tulip Tree in Kent
  • Enjoy rich hot chocolate at the Cocoa Tree Cafe on the Scottish coast of Fife
  • Enjoy scones big enough for two at Tea On The Green in Westward Ho



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Each week, our holiday hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the work so you don’t have to. This week: cozy cafes to discover during autumn walks.

Take a stroll through the rolling Kent meadows around Tonbridge and stop in the Tudor village of Chiddingstone which, apart from the church and castle, is owned by the National Trust. Here you’ll find The Tulip Tree’s tea rooms, where a log burner keeps the converted coach house warm and the counter moans with cakes, scones and treats.

When you leave, go to the gift shop next door. Dating back to 1453, it is said to be the oldest working shop in England (thetuliptree.biz).

Sweet spot: some of the baked goodies at The Tulip Tree in Chiddingstone

Sweet spot: some of the baked goodies at The Tulip Tree in Chiddingstone

Stop for tea in Spoons, pictured, after trekking over the Hewenden Viaduct

Stop for tea in Spoons, pictured, after trekking over the Hewenden Viaduct

Stop for tea in Spoons, pictured, after trekking over the Hewenden Viaduct

Treat yourself to a rich hot chocolate at the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem, pictured above

Treat yourself to a rich hot chocolate at the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem, pictured above

Treat yourself to a rich hot chocolate at the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem, pictured above

The cozy interior of Poppy's in Winterton-on-Sea, named after the owners dog

The cozy interior of Poppy's in Winterton-on-Sea, named after the owners dog

The cozy interior of Poppy’s in Winterton-on-Sea, named after the owners dog

Relax in Spoons, in the Yorkshire village of Cullingworth, after an invigorating walk over the 17-arch Hewenden Viaduct near Bradford. The cafe welcomes ‘muddy boots and wet paws’ and has secure bike shed (spoons-tearoom.co.uk).

The Old Sawmill Tearoom, at the foot of Skiddaw Mountain in the Lake District, was a working mill until 1970. Buy one of the shortbread squirrels and the proceeds will go to an animal conservation project in the nearby forests (theoldsawmill.co.uk).

On chilly days on Scotland’s Fife coast, the perfect pit stop is the Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem. The owners also run the Pittenweem Chocolate Company and you’ll find the flavors in the cafe’s rich hot chocolate and mochaccinos (pitweemchocolade.nl).

Winterton-on-Sea, on the Norfolk coast, has Poppy’s, a cozy cafe named after the owners dog. Buy local gins and stamps at the post office (wintertononsea.co.uk).

In Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, near the 400 acre National Botanic Garden of Wales, Wright’s Shop & Kitchen also has a Makers Market where you can meet and buy items from local artists, illustrators, potters and weavers (wrightsfood.co.uk).

There’s a retro feel to Tea On The Green by the sea at Westward Ho in Devon – here walkers can follow a mile-long stretch of old railway line to the lookout at Cornborough Cliffs. Warm up with a Nutella or Strawberry Dream hot chocolate, or try scones big enough for two (teaonthegreen.net).

Pictured is the 'retro' Tea On The Green by the sea in Devon's Westward Ho

Pictured is the 'retro' Tea On The Green by the sea in Devon's Westward Ho

Pictured is the ‘retro’ Tea On The Green by the sea in Devon’s Westward Ho

A festive hot chocolate display at Tea On The Green, featuring Nutella and Strawberry Dream cocoas

A festive hot chocolate display at Tea On The Green, featuring Nutella and Strawberry Dream cocoas

A festive hot chocolate display at Tea On The Green, featuring Nutella and Strawberry Dream cocoas

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