Last time I did an ‘Eating Out’ review, I checked out TripAdvisor online to see how the restaurant (Bangla Spice on Wigan Road), fared with diners.
I found that it was ranked in second place out of all the eateries in Leyland, so that naturally intrigued me to discover which place had pipped it to the post and been awarded the top spot.
To my delight, it was Coppers Tea Rooms on Golden Hill, one of my favourite places in the town too. Packed with charm and staff who are always smiling, as well being as decorated with teapots and old fashioned signs, the cafe has been a massive hit in Leyland since it opened in 2011.
I’ve been a few times over the years to try a variety of different things on the menu, from the famous afternoon tea to a Lancashire hotpot when I attended a murder mystery night there once (which was also a good opportunity to try the cocktails in teapots they often serve at weekends).
This time, my mum and I were after something substantial enough to sustain us for a busy shopping trip.
There was a table for two available when we arrived at lunchtime, with most of the other seats taken with groups of people enjoying tea and cakes. I was in the mood for a soup and sandwich combo, and the soup of the day was tomato and basil.
It was warming and packed with juicy tomato - it was probably the tastiest tomato soup I’ve ever had.
It was served with my choice of half a corned beef sandwich on brown bread with pickle, which also came with a side salad and Fiddler’s Lancashire crisps.
The lunch was tasty and satisfying, and my mum was equally happy with her cheese and onion pie on the special’s board that day.
She said it was just like Grandma used to make, with not too much onion and just the right amount of cheese.
The pastry was perfect too, she said. That also came with a small salad, and she washed it down with a freshly made cappuccino.
I’d decided to go for a dandelion and burdock drink, which seemed to take a little while to arrive, but all was forgiven when the owner, Pam, explained they’d just run out, and she’d actually been out to a few shops to see if they had any for me.
Talk about going the extra mile! It was completely unnecessary as I would have been happy to choose something else, but her dedication really demonstrates how keen the staff are to make sure their customers are kept happy at Coppers.
As it turned out, she couldn’t find any, so I went back to the drinks menu.
That’s when I spotted the list of Breckland Orchard Posh Pops, sparkling soft drinks with flavours such as strawberry and rhubarb and pink lemonade.
In the end I was glad they’d run out of dandelion and burdock (despite Pam’s quest to find some) as the ginger beer with a hint of chili drink was a real find.
It tasted of ginger beer but left a hot sensation at the back of my throat.
To finish off, my mum and I shared a piece of carrot cake, which was delicious and moist.
We overheard a couple ordering a lemon cake and a banana cake at the next table, which also looked great, so I’m sure we’ll be back to try those (with another Posh Pop to wash it down).
The bill came to £15.
Name: Coppers Tea Rooms
Address: The Old Police Station, Golden Hill, Leyland, PR25 3NN
Contact: 01772435648 or www.copperstearooms.co.uk
Details: Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30-3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Yes