Timeless country tearooms
with cottage tea-garden

At West Winds you can enjoy a wide range of meals, snacks and treats, including Yorkshire favourites such as grilled gammon and eggs, Yorkshire puddings, local cheeses, home-roasted ham, Yorkshire curd tart, ginger parkin, fat rascals and rich brandy fruitcake served with Traditional Wensleydale cheese.

...Home-made on the premises...

You can also choose from tasty pies, fresh salads, warm baguettes, hot paninis and tea-time treats such as deliciously gooey carrot cake, coffee and walnut cake, Victoria sandwich cake and scones oozing with cream and strawberry jam. All washed down with fine tea, coffee or hot chocolate... (Please note our menu varies from day to day and that although we do our best to keep everything stocked up, all items are subject to availability.)

At West Winds all our cakes and pastries are home-made on the premises and we do our best to use local and Fairtrade produce whenever we can. In summer some of our salad ingredients are grown in our own kitchen garden or greenhouse and are naturally organic. And we won't try to sell you expensive bottled water - our tap-water tastes great and is free to everyone!

...Stay as long as you like...

Afternoon tea for two in the tea-garden

You can relax in the tea-garden in warm weather, or warm yourself by our log fire inside when it’s cold. Come to see us and stay for as long as you like. We don’t like to hurry people and there is always a daily newspaper for you to browse, or even read from cover to cover...

If you enjoy our cakes, you can take away a presentation box of West Winds cakes as a gift for a special occasion or a special person. Or you can simply eat them yourself when you get home, or even on the way home...

West Winds can also provide the perfect venue for a private function, when we can relax our usual opening times and cater for your own particular needs. We’re not licensed to sell alcoholic drinks but you can bring your own favourite wine yourself. We’ll provide the glasses!

...Wood sculptures...

Wood sculpture

Our tea-garden features some stunning wood sculptures, including a golden eagle, a badger and, naturally enough, some Dales sheep. Chainsaw-carved by Sherwood Carving at Harrogate and Wood Actually at South Shields, they represent a fast-growing form of art thought to have originated in North America. Although a chainsaw might not instantly spring to mind as the obvious tool for an artist, it is surprising the level of detail that can be achieved with one in the right pair of hands.

...Herb trail...

Herb trail with Bobby

Visitors can now experience around 50 different cultivated and wild herbs with culinary, medicinal or pot pourri uses.

Included are many types of kitchen herb including mints, rosemary, lovage, marjoram, thymes, parsley, fennel, tarragon and chamomile. Many of the herbs grown are used on the tearoom menu with rosemary and lovage finding their way into savoury pies, black peppermint making a refreshing herbal tea, and a variety of herbs adding zing to fresh salads.

Some of the most interesting and distinctive plants on display include chocolate mint, pineapple mint, orange thyme and curry plant, all of which truly live up to their name.

Also explored are the ancient and modern medicinal uses of some of our wild plants and how many herbs can spice up indoor pot pourri.

Opening times

The tearooms are now closed until Saturday 30 March 2019. For refreshments in Buckden, please try the Buck Inn or the village shop.

Please note we cannot process debit or credit cards or take cheques on the premises.

What people have said about eating at West Winds...

“That was the best gammon I’ve ever had. It reminds me of some I had in Yorkshire 53 years ago.” Anon

“Look at that. Beautiful. This is very good.” Harry Gration, BBC Look North (enjoying a piece of Yorkshire curd tart)

“Just to say very many thanks for the delicious parkin much appreciated at the end of a very wet and cold day.” J, A and M

“Lovely place to end a walk! Sumptuous cakes, lovely coffee, lots of tea.” RB, Knaresborough

“Love the Aga. Great smells from the kitchen!” TT, Singapore

“I tried your Yorkshire curd tart and thoroughly enjoyed it. Over the next six days of my walk along the Inn Way, I subsequently asked for curd tart elsewhere but they were always disappointing – too dry, tasteless and lacking in fruit. Please can you tell me where I can find your recipe?” JB, Northampton

“Lovely food. First time inside West Winds for Peter since staying here with Mum in 1958.” BR, Essex

“The best carrot cake I’ve ever had. The thing that will bring me back above all else!” AP, Edinburgh

“Thank you for a warm welcome and fantastic cakes.” LZ, Twickenham

“Dales lamb wonderful!” KJ, Midlands