I had to leave the best place we went to for last.
Under a colleague’s recommendation, we decided that this was going to be one of the places we would go to. After a dinner there, however, it felt like the only place we wanted to go to for a while.
While we intended to head to Ye Olde Smokehouse for their Cream Tea on Day Two, Eugene and the Tiger did so much driving on Day 1, Eugene said we should treat ourselves with a good dinner. We reached the Smokehouse about an hour and a half before they were closing.
The restaurant was half-filled, but the steward handed us our menus and had someone take our order while they prepared our table. During this time, the Tiger drew, I wrote, and all of us took photographs of the well-preserved English cottage or tea house-like décor.
Service was personal, efficient, and friendly. Our table was prepared the moment our food was ready, with a good number of staff ensuring the correct distribution of food, even removing the vase of flowers in the middle of our table so the four of us could converse properly and share food.
The Tiger got a Beef Wellington (awesome cut of beef with chicken liver and pate, wrapped in buttery, crispy puff pastry with a side of roasted potatoes and vegetables) and I got an English Roast (thin slices of beef, roasted potatoes, vegetables, an onion (!!!), and Yorkshire Pudding).
Dinner was a plethora of “Mmms” and “Ahhhs”, with Eugene giving everyone gif-worthy moments along the lines of “Take my money, take my money ten times!”
And this was not least, when the piece de resistance came to the table.
The staff turned down the lights, and then setting the coating alcohol aflame, set our ordered Bombe Alaska on fire. The meringue mountain of a dessert blazed in blue flame before it was finally extinguished, leaving behind a caramelized crust of sweetness and a crunchy shortbread surprise at is base.
Needless to say, we went back the next day for their Cream Tea.
Coupled with their Cameronian tea, their Devonshire Cream Tea was something for the books. I cannot stand jam – if I had a choice, it will always be butter, cream cheese, honey, maple syrup, peanut butter, milk choc spread, or even fresh fruit – but their rich but light scones, coupled with clotted cream and freshly-made strawberry preserves, was to die for.
We also ordered Angels on Horseback (Grilled mushrooms on Toast) and Welsh Rarebit (FINALLY THE TIGER GETS TO TRY IT) as a light lunch for all of us to share.
The food is great, the service is impeccable, and nothing beats sitting outside on a cool (but dry) afternoon, spending time with friends over tea and scones. Sarah (Coldheart) will be laughing her TV laugh with her hand over her mouth.
Ye Olde Smokehouse is located at By-The-Golf Course, Tanah Rata, 39000, Pahang, Cameron Highlands. They have another Smokehouse Restaurant in Bangsar and hotel and restaurant on Fraser’s Hill. For more information, click here.