Cockington is a hidden gem in the Torbay area. It is situated just outside of Torquay as you head towards Paignton.
Signposted off the main seafront road, Cockington Lane transports you back in time. As you enter Cockington, you notice the thatched cottages, stone walls, glorious country gardens and narrow roads occupied by walkers, cyclists and horses.
Rose Cottage Tea Rooms certainly catches your eyes and ears as you walk past. The low stone wall leads your eyes into the stunning and immaculate garden. With a beautiful display of flora, ornamental ponds, meandering stone paths, little bridges and a wishing well it is the perfect garden to explore and escape from the hustle and bustle of 21st century living. In the centre of the garden there is a pagoda and a piano. You can enjoy your cream tea (or other menu choice!) with tuneful jazz accompaniment.
The cream teas are particularly impressive! The plain scones are the largest I have seen – which is lucky as once smothered with fresh clotted cream and jam they were rather tempting to small family members! Rose Cottage Tea Rooms really is a delightful place to relax, unwind and appreciate the beauty of ‘Ye Olde Worlde’.
A short stroll from the Rose Cottage Tea Room is Cockington Court Country Park and gardens. In the heart of it’s beautiful landscape is a Manor House with it’s own tea rooms. There is also a host of craft studios where you can see traditional crafts such as glass blowing, and iron working in action and even Cockington’s very own chocolate company! There are perfect picnic spots, and a children’s wheelchair friendly play area. Cockington is a charming and unspoilt village and it a great place to visit with all the family.
Rose Cottage Tea Rooms, Cockington: