Drink in the view from five tea rooms near Leek

If you’re taking an older person out for a cuppa but would also like to enjoy a spectacular view at the same time, you’re spoilt for choice around Leek.

At Home Instead Leek and Moorlands, we love to be able to take our clients out for a relaxing cup of tea. And there are plenty of places to choose from, all within a short drive from the town.

Rudyard Lake

Within a ten-minute drive from Leek, you can find Rudyard Lake. It’s a peaceful venue that was created over 200 years ago to supply water to the West Midlands canal system. Visitors will enjoy some of the most dramatic scenery in the Staffordshire Moorlands. They can also watch some of the many water activities that take place on the 2.5-mile-long lake.

It’s a popular venue with our Care Professionals, as they can take clients for an afternoon stroll and then enjoy a cuppa and cake at the lakeside café, which also serves both hot and cold meals. This has recently been extended and is now open nearly every day throughout the year. There’s also a steam railway, with the Platform 2 Café at Rudyard Station. This offers both open-air and covered seating and is dog friendly.

Tittesworth Water

Tittesworth Water is a reservoir that was built originally in 1858, and is just a ten-minute car journey from Leek. Open all year round, it has an excellent visitors’ centre and shop by the edge of the reservoir. The Waterview Restaurant enables older adults to relax (either inside or outside) and enjoy some refreshments in a tranquil setting while gazing at the view and the birds that visit the area. It has wheelchair access and disabled toilets.

Parking is available close to the centre and the paths around the reservoir are accessible (also in some parts to wheelchairs) for most people. We enjoy taking clients with dementia to the site as it’s so peaceful and quiet. Dogs walkers love the area (and dogs are allowed in the café). The owner of Home Instead Leek and Moorlands and some of our Care Professionals often walk their dogs here when not working

Biddulph Grange Country Park and Gardens

Biddulph Grange is another great place to visit with an older client, although further from Leek (about 20 miles). The park has disabled access and good paths. Although hilly, there’s wheelchair access as far as the main pool. There are woodlands, meadows, a large lake, and ponds, in a landscape inspired by the Victorians. The main pool has a restored 1904 stone boathouse. Our Care Professionals who love gardens enjoy visiting here in the different seasons.

There’s parking for 40 cars at the Country Park. Batemans Café offers everything from soups and sandwiches to jacket potatoes, quiches, and cakes. The Hideaway coffee shop has a five-star food hygiene rating and serves hot meals, cakes, snacks, drinks, and Snugburys ice cream. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It’s open from 10:00 am on Saturdays to Tuesdays, and for longer during school holidays. There’s also a lovely tea room at the recently restored Camelia House.

The Roaches Tea Rooms and Restaurant

The award-winning Roaches Tea Rooms serves a range of different teas and freshly ground coffees, scrumptious home-made cakes and scones, and cream teas – as well as delicious desserts. The views from the tea rooms are spectacular – and are a great place to take a break and breathe in the natural beauty of the area. One of our clients loves having a cuppa here and wandering around in the great outdoors. Other guests might just choose to sit and enjoy the views from the conservatory and patio.

The Roaches are an area of wind-carved rock and heather that marks the south-western edge of the Peak District. Buzzards can be seen here, and there are even rumoured to be wallabies in the area! The Tea Rooms are 300 metres above sea level, with breath-taking views over the valley, Tittesworth Reservoir and beyond. They are open seven days a week. The tea rooms are situated just off the Leek to Buxton Road.

The Cottage Kitchen Country Café

You’ll find a warm welcome at the Cottage Kitchen Country Café in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands – again, just a ten-minute drive from Leek. Here, seniors can tuck into the locally sourced, freshly prepared food. The café provides easy general access both inside and outside, including good disabled access and facilities. Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area.

There’s a gift shop on the site, selling a range of luxury foods (including locally sourced preserves and gins, condiments and a variety of sweet and savoury treats) as well as more unusual gifts. There’s also a bakery on the site and it has a large car park. Find the café situated on the main road between Leek and Ashbourne.

Are you interested in knowing more about home care in Leek and Moorlands? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

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