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The Lucky Duck
The Lucky Duck,

One wintery afternoon last summer, a chance encounter found us
racing our way along an open country road in Surrey. The wind in
our hair, rain splattering onto our cheeks, two hopeful travellers,
high-spirited and single-minded in pursuit of our afternoon
refreshment. An elderly lady had firmly insisted we head for the
tearooms at Gomshall Mills, but alas, when we arrived we
discovered the tearoom in question had been replaced by a pub
some 10 years previously. Sadly, pork scratchings were not the
treasure of our hunt, so on we travelled, by now damp and
despondent, into the chocolate-box village of Shere.

As a result it's a popular tourist destination, and a prime spot for
a first rate tea room. Sadly, the Lucky Duck doesn't quite match
up to expectations; although the crumb adorned tables and
lipstick stained crockery suggest it's obviously well frequented,
we fear that this is probably because it's the only tea room in the
area, rather than because its worthy of an afternoon visit.

Inside, the gaudy plastic tablecloths and drab interior jarred with
the graceful exterior buildings surrounding it. The menu was both
rudimentary and seriously overpriced the staff snooty and the tea
was served in chipped chunky china. The scones were dry and
heavy, and ultimately fed to the unlucky ducks in the
neighbouring stream who seemed about as impressed as we
were. We suspect the crumbs still lie at the bottom amongst the
mill weed. Overall, it was an unremarkable experience, and next
time we'd recommend forgetting the tea and stopping for a quick
sun-dower at the pub instead.