I haven’t made it to Russia yet on my travels, but St. Petersburg is definitely high-up there on my list of places to visit. I imagine myself with a fur stole around my shoulders wearing red lipstick and spying on people over the top of a newspaper. (OK, so I know it won’t really be like that, but one can dream.)
Last Saturday I had a little taste of Russia when I visited the Russian Tea Room in Bacup, near Rossendale in Lancashire. Being a Brit, I love my tea! I’ve been to a lot of tea rooms, but I was quite excited to try Russian-style tea.
The Russian Tea Room is owned by a family of Russians from Moscow. They have a mind-boggling tea menu consisting of over 50 different teas! It was extremely hard to choose, so I opted for the Russian Caravan. If you’re not into your tea, then they also have coffee and milkshakes too.
They have a food menu serving Russian snacks like beetroot soup with sour cream, Pelemeny, Vareniky and pancakes stuffed with mincemeat and onions. They also serve salads, all-day breakfasts, paninis, sweet pancakes, cakes, chocolates and desserts.
Unfortunately since it was nearing the end of the day they had run out of some of the Russian options, so I had pancakes cooked using traditional Russian methods with lemon and sugar. Delicious!
The Russian Tea Room has lots of Russian dolls everywhere and a painting of St. Basil’s in Moscow on the wall. There are also books lying around to keep you entertained. If you want something a little stronger than tea, they have quite a selection of Russian vodkas that will knock your socks off!