Friday 15 March 2013

English Tea Room - The Apple Tree, Ockbrook, Derbyshire (Gluten Free available)

The Apple Tree
Gift Shop and Teahouse

One of life’s indulgent pleasures is afternoon tea, especially if you can find a traditional tea shop. Recently, when meandering down Flood Street in the delightful Derbyshire village of Ockbrook, we found The Apple Tree.  This wasn’t just a chance meeting of  indulgence sought by pleasure-seekers, we were escorted there as a treat, and found the charm within delicious. 

The frontage is inviting, beckoning passers-by to cross the threshold to enjoy the promised cuisine displayed on the bill-board, or to shop for ‘something different’.

The thing which really appealed was that most items were made locally – beautiful leather handbags, hand-made cards, luxurious hand cream, jewellery, and unusual gift items such as humorous signs and bunting. Anything purchased was carefully wrapped and presented.
When we visited in March, 2013, the afternoon teas were very generous and  reasonably priced. As you can see, the sandwiches were cut into ‘tongues’ and their crusts removed. Our selection of sandwiches were: cheese and pickle, egg and cress, smoked salmon with cream cheese and ham. However, the menu has since changed and this may not be the afternoon tea that is now offered.

 The middle tier in March 2013 held fruit scones with jam and clotted cream accompanied by fresh strawberries.
The top layer of the cake stand then was its crowning glory – the four different flavours of cup-cakes on display were tantalising. 

The Apple Tree also offers a range of gluten free items and is open from  9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. most days, but it's always best to check before visiting and you may need to make a reservation.

Should you need directions, its situation is: 6 Flood Street, Ockbrook, Derbyshire. DE72 3RF
Telephone:  01332 987 001

There is a charge for using debit and credit cards and this applies separately to the tea room and gift shop.

 © Karen Ette 2013


  1. I visited The Apple Tree Gift Shop and Tearoom this Saturday (30/08/14) with one of my friends. I had been meaning to go for some time after recommendations from friends and I wasn't disappointed, we sat down for lunch and both had Panini's which is accompanied with salad and crisps, it was all lovely and freshly made. The drinks are also lovely I had a hot chocolate which came is a very cute glass jar with cream and marshmallows. The shop itself is very quant and full of cute items to treat yourself with I had to hold myself back, all the items are really high quality I think that why it stands out compared to other gift shops. They also make all there own cakes daily to either eat in or take out which is helpful if your on the move or too full after lunch for a desert straight after. I would fully recommend Apple Tree it well worth a trip!

  2. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit, Jessica. I can never hold back on the gifts and always get my 'special' presents here, as you say, they are high quality and quite exceptional.