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PUBLISHED: 15:37 30 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:44 30 September 2013

Delicious chocolate brownies

Delicious chocolate brownies


Food writer and photographer Sharon Struckman sniffs out the best specialist and producers in the county

It all started with a peanut butter chocolate brownie. Words cannot do justice to the divine taste of this indulgent afternoon tea delight.

I’ve discovered the most gorgeous little tea room and art gallery on Mardleybury Farm in Datchworth, where Sarah Poole, a wonderfully talented master baker, shows off her craftsmanship. Not only does she run the We R Cakes Vintage Tearoom but designs and creates the most exquisite cakes here. As she says, ‘Our home-made cakes and cup cakes taste just how proper sweet treats should.’

My friend chose one of Sarah’s specialities – a velvety beetroot-dark chocolate brownie (pictured). Thinking nothing could top the taste of the peanut one, this cake was exceptionally moreish! Like my peanut brownie, it was one of Sarah’s gluten-free creations. She also offers vegan and dairy-free.

The tea sets are vintage china, sourced from around the country, and there is a great selection of beautiful designs to choose from that date from the 1920s onwards. All the items are mismatched, making for a colourful display.

Sarah enjoys a good chin-wag and takes great pride in welcoming her guests and making them feel at home while enjoying a proper cuppa.

The tea room ( is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm. To book, call 07790 041104.
Sharon Struckman is a Herts food blogger and photographer at

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