Maddison Cottage Guildford – Situated among the leafy streets of Guildford is Maddison Cottage, a tea room and cafe full of olde world charm.
Maddy’s as it’s affectionately known opened in late 2011. It is run by mother-daughter duo Jan and Claire, and has a French-inspired, shabby-chic feel to it. The decor features tables decorated with vintage cookbooks, up-cycled chairs and picture frames, handmade cushions and retro light fittings. Jazzy French-style music plays over the stereo, setting the mood.
On entering, the shop front is chock full of homewares and giftware, flowers and sweet things. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit girly to meet up with friends, then this is an ideal spot.
Being a hot day when we visited, we indulged in a cooling iced coffee, a kids sundae, and my friend enjoyed a plate of fresh waffles with strawberries, ice cream and maple syrup. Little Miss loved the sprinkles on her sundae, and that her bowl was presented on flowery crockery like a big girl. The waffles were light, the strawberries fresh, and my iced coffee was icy cold and full of ice cream.
If you come for a casual visit like we did, drink options that may appeal to children would be the babycino, spider, hot or iced chocolate, or their fresh juices. A serve of waffles would comfortably serve two children, and we found the children’s sundae quite a generous serve too. Miss almost 3 couldn’t finish it all.
Maddy’s offers toasties with a range of fillings, such as creamy chicken, ham, cheese, onion, tomato or pineapple. There is a range of scones available from sweet to savoury, and a selection of fresh cakes or slices, all baked in-house. All baked goods served here are made onsite from scratch by Jan and Claire – no pack mixes or commercially bought cakes here!
Maddy’s also hosts high tea, with children from the age of eight years old onwards invited to attend. They do not offer a children’s menu for high tea, but menu items such as scones with jam and cream and petit quiche are sure to be a winner. High tea includes a selection of three little baked treats and a selection from their extensive range of teas, or coffee if that is preferred.
Having attended high tea on a previous visit, I can say the tea selection is difficult to choose from with so many on offer. It’s a tea lovers heaven! The scones are light and fluffy like clouds, and the pastries such as petit quiche and vol-au-vents are delicate and full of flavour.
There is indoor and outdoor seating to choose from, with outdoor seating set up in the front. The indoor area is small, and won’t be able to accommodate more than one or two prams. If attending with a pram, outdoor seating would be the roomier option. Outdoor seating is shaded by large umbrellas, and surrounded by greenery.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to Maddison Cottage. There’s always something new to discover among the decor, and the service is friendly.
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