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Rumblin' Tum (Moffat)

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Address: 3 Bath Place / Moffat / Dumfriesshire / Scotland / DG10 9HJ

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      01.06.2010 20:10
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      A nice cafe

      On the long drive home from England to Scotland one day we reached the Borders around lunchtime. After stopping at the Gretna service station and deciding not to join the long queues for greasy, overpriced food we decided to pop into a town for something to eat instead. My friend had previously eaten in Rumblin' Tum in Moffat and enjoyed the food so we pointed the car in that direction.

      Moffat is a sleepy little village in the Scottish Borders best known for it's spa waters which were believed to have healing powers. It is around a 10 minute drive off the main motorway along little windy tree lined roads to get there but that drive is well worth it. Rumblin' Tum is a café on the main street through the village and there is some free parking nearby for both coaches and cars.

      Upon entering the restaurant, I was impressed at how homely it looked. We were tired from the long drive so happily sank down into the soft brown leather sofas and had a look at the menu which the waitress brought over. There is a good range of sandwiches, soups and light bites to choose from.

      There were four of us in our party, I chose a steaming bowl of Scotch Broth soup with bread which was home made, you can't beat a bowl of nice thick soup full of chunky veg to make you feel better. The kids both chose baguettes, one had a tuna salad and the other a BLT without the T, the waitresses were happy to customise the sandwiches for the kids and there was a good range of fillings to choose from. My veggie friend was happy to see several choices suitable for her on the menu meaning she wouldn't be stuck with an egg or cheese sandwich and she chose a slice of quiche with salad.

      The food was all freshly made and tasted really fresh, the only complaint from my friend was that her slice of quiche was slightly small for the price she paid for it. There was a good choice of coffees too and the coffee was nice and strong and freshly ground and the caffeine injection helped to wake us up for the next leg of our journey.

      There was a display of fresh cream cakes behind glass at the counter which we had greedily been eying up since we entered the café, any intention we had of a nice healthy lunch were shattered the moment they came into view. I chose an enormous cream meringue which was lovely and gooey and filled with soft fluffy cream and my friend a huge slab of moist chocolate cake. The kids went for the premium Italian ice cream and had trouble making their choices from the wide array of flavours but eventually managed to narrow their choice down to two scoops each which came beautifully served in glass serving dishes.

      Rumblin' Tum is an ideal place to stop for a relaxed lunch or coffee and cake. The food is good, the waitress service efficient and friendly and the prices extremely reasonable at around £3 for soup or a sandwich and £4 for the quiche and salad. The café has a nice and relaxed atmosphere too meaning we felt free to take our time eating and sit and have a chat before moving on. We ended up wandering through the village after our meal, there is a sweet shop with one of the best selections of confectionary in Scotland next door to Rumbling' Tum where we sampled Moffat's famous toffee and stocked up on retro sweets. Our diets were now well and truly ruined, it was time to hit the road again.

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