Jireh Guest House, Yarmouth
On a sunny Sunday afternoon working up an appetite looking around the lovely town of Yarmouth, your reviewers stumbled across the Jireh Tea Rooms in The Square.
The tea rooms exude history. The low-ceilinged building has a compact terrace at the front which is in welcome shade; in the rear garden are sunnier places to sit including a big conservatory. The inside of the tea rooms is decorated in a typical olde worlde style with heavy anaglypta wallpaper and delightful old carpets covering the pattern-tiled floor.
The menu brings the visitor straight back into the 21st century, as it is on rather tatty photocopied paper. Listed is standard tea room fare: sandwiches, baked potatoes, cakes and tea. The Jireh is also licensed if you want a drop of something more uplifting than a cup of Earl Grey. Cat chose egg sandwich and Matt selected tuna jacket potato.
The tea was very good. It came in a capacious (if chipped) china tea pot, with real milk. There was plenty for all, plus a generous jug of hot water. The staff were also happy to provide glasses of iced water – which were very welcome on such a hot day.
An unusual way to present an egg sandwich
The food came in reasonable time. It was served on tiny oval stainless steel plates and, accordingly was a tiny portion. Cat was stunned into silence (for once!) by her egg sandwich – it was an egg (sliced) between two pieces of thin sliced bread (one white, one brown). No mayonnaise, just an egg. It was accompanied by a meagre garnish and onion-heavy homemade coleslaw. Matt’s appetite was not going to be assuaged by his tiny potato and garnish. Again, the tuna had no mayonnaise – it was just tuna straight out of the tin. You could not say that your reviewers had been misled, the menu made no promises about mayonnaise, however the sandwich and the potato were the poorer for the lack of it.
All in all, despite the quaint location, the attentive staff and the fine tea, the food left something to be desired (mayonnaise, china plates, reasonable cost). For an afternoon pot of tea the Jireh does fairly well. For anything more, it isn’t truly worth the trouble.