Friday, 18 March 2016

Tea room exploration : Zugers, Chester

St John street, Chester; open 7 days a week 9-5:30pm Mon-Sat, 10-4:40pm Sundays |

Tucked away down a sleek hidden side street in Chester you'll find a little slice of Swiss courtesy of Zugers tea rooms, a family run chain of tea rooms which has been serving residents of the Wirral and Chester for many years. Their Chester branch popped up a few years ago and has been luring residents and tourists in ever since it opened.

A charming little tea room on first passing you'd have to do a double take to realize that it is a tasty cake shop but their quaint display of Swiss patisserie catches your eye as you walk past the window. Not as obvious a display as some of the areas other notable tea rooms but it's what makes it one of the city's hidden gems, a place your more likely to find out about via word of mouth.

Zugers is well known locally for their baked goods and they certainly have a varied range of treats, never quite the same each time you visit so can be sure of a tasty surprise. Swiss being the serving of the day at this tea room you can be sure of a few Swiss delicacies on the menu, from tortes to gateauxs and strudels to mille feuille there's more pastry than you can imagine.

On my visit I found a tempting selection of pastries, gauteauxs and tortes adorning the counter, it's certainly hard to know where to start so I opted for their Swiss take on the traditional carrot cake. Their version of the classic is topped with a laced icing decoration and petite icing carrots giving it an extra bit of sweetness. A delightfully sweet bite which is certainly rather filling and goes rather well with their Earl grey blend as an accompaniment. Had I not filled up on cake I'd have certainly been tempted to try out one of their boozy coffees for 'ahem' second pudding.. with a Blackforest kirsch torte which looks quite simply addictive with it's layers of cream.

The service was rather quick once I'd selected my cake of choice and at no stage during my visit did I feel rushed, it certainly is a petite little tea room, during busier times it's often filled to the brim so it's best to visit outside of lunch time hours. Take away is also an option if you'd rather take your baked treats home.

Certainly a varied range of treats so you can sure of something different every time but staple menu favourites can always be found at the counter, their range of beverages is rather impressive although the tea drinker is limited to just 4 brews of choice compared to their vast coffee menu.

All in all a pleasant visit, certainly worth visiting again it's rather easy to fill up on cake for lunch here.

Cake score: 3/5