The last time we visited Carrick Hill, we had lovely formal lunch dishes at their cafe. This time round, we decided that we will have morning tea there so we can try their cakes and pastries. That proved to be a fortunate decision because the cafe does not serve formal lunch dishes anymore.
The selection of pastries offered varies daily so be sure to check with the staff to see what is available for the day. Our favourite pastry was their Apple and Fennel Sausage Roll, which had enough fennels in the filling to give it a distinctive flavour. Apples added a bit of sweetness and the crisp pastry contrasted well with the soft filling.
Apple and Fennel Sausage Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to the Apple and Fennel Sausage Roll, the pastry of the Chicken and Leek Pie had a softer texture, while still having a delectable buttery taste. The chunks of chicken within the pie were of a good size and there was bacon to impart a hint of smokiness to the pie.
Chicken and Leek Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the vegetarian options available during our visit, the filling of their Vegetarian Quiche was cooked just right and complemented well by the buttery pastry. Among the vegetables in the filling was sweet potato, which gave the pie a delightful earthy taste with a hint of sweetness.
Vegetarian Quiche (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To our delight, the quality of their Scones was the same as those served during our first visit - light and fluffy inside set off by a crisp crust. As expected, the Scones came with cream and jam.
Scones (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Savoury pastries are not the only food that can be enjoyed at the cafe, diners can also choose from various sweet treats, which also varies day by day. Their Strawberry Chocolate Brownie had the gooey texture that is typical of an American brownie. There was a generous amount of strawberries in the brownie, which did a good job of balancing out its rich chocolatey taste.
Strawberry Chocolate Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The other sweet pastries that we had during our visit were Chocolate Croissant and Blackberry Danish. Their Chocolate Croissant had enough chocolate to make eating it a satisfying experience. We thought it would have been tastier if the staff had served it warm. The Blackberry Danish is a good choice for those looking for something that is not too rich. The blackberries gave the Danish a slightly tart flavour.
Chocolate Croissant (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Blackberry Danish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete your meal, you can choose from a selection of coffee, tea and other drinks. One of less common drink is their Dirty Chai Tea, which is noted for using Indian spices to provide its spiced flavour. Most of the seating is within a marquee which provided diners with a picturesque view of the gardens while they dine.