“ 3 Bingham Road, Cotgrave, Notts. NG12 3JS. tel = 0115 989 4461 „
I was taken to Grannies by a friend who had eaten there in the past and enjoyed the food, service and ambience. The day we visited (January 2011) it was a Friday lunchtime and not particularly busy however the service was a little slow. I ordered a salmon salad at £5.95, but to my horror what came out was tinned salmon! I asked the waitress what was mixed with the salmon (as it was a little mushy!) and she said she had just opened a tin and taken the bones out!!! the salad, was a lettuce with grated carrot and lots of sweet corn on top with a small amount of red onion and no dressing. it was bland, tasteless and a huge disappointment especially being given tinned salmon! I certainly couldnt recommend Grannies for the food but it seems a nice place for a coffee.
With all of the fast food outlets that now seem to be everywhere and restaurants from all around the world, now and again it is good to find a traditional English tea room. One that I can recommend is the Grannies Tearoom and Gift Shop in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire. Cotgrave was a village that was purpose built for workers at the nearby Cotgrave Colliery, but since the closure of the pit the whole village has changed in character. Instead of being a traditional pit village the whole atmosphere of the place has changed to a much more rural feeling and the opening of this tea room now fits very well into the new character of the village. The tea room is in the centre of the village and is in a converted single storey cottage with an open plan beamed ceiling. There is room for about 30 people seated at tables for 4 or 6 people, with real chunky wooden tables and chairs. All around the room on shelves and hanging from the walls are craft items and gifts that are for sale. These add to the atmosphere of the room, which is very pleasant and relaxed. The tea room is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mondays to Saturday and there is a free car park next to it. The tea room sells a variety of meals, snacks, sandwiches and drinks, which are all reasonably priced. The meals were about £4 each and the sandwiches about £2 each. As well as the set meals on the menu there are also a number of daily specials shown on a chalk board. These all looked very appetising. We just had a drink and some sandwiches, which were very tasty and served with a salad garnish. There are a good variety of teas and coffees for sale, as well as a selection of soft drinks. After you have finished your meal or drinks it is very interesting to browse around the gifts that are for sale as there are some quite unusual items here. As well as the pictures around the wall, there are also cards, ornaments, china and a selection of other interesting gifts. The whole place is
very clean and a visit to this tea room is a very relaxing experience that I can highly recommend if you are this part of the country.