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Head for Los Cristianos for a mouth-watering roast 

Harriet’s get ten out of ten for the perfect Sunday lunch!

Eating out and about in Tenerife over the last decade has involved one common denominator: the search for the perfect Sunday lunch!

If you share our passion, then you will undoubtedly do a double take when you walk past the Los Cristianos premises of the delightful Harriet’s English Tea Room and Restaurant (just around the corner from the bottom of the bus station).

Their blackboard ad-vertising the new addition of Sunday lunches includes the promise of “proper roast poatoes”, creamy mash, fresh vegetables and home-made Yorkshire pud! Just who could resist, especially at the great price of 9.95 euros.

When owners Stuart and Diane opened their second Harriet’s last year (their first is in Fañabe), we went along to enjoy some wonderful home-made cakes and evening meals.

We said there and then that we thought their brand of great cooking would go hand in hand with Sunday lunches and they promised they would be next on the agenda.

Now, they have arrived and a very welcome addition it is. Fortunately, over the years, we have found some good places for Sunday lunch but some bad ones as well. There’s nothing worse than sloppy meat, thin gravy, hard veg or lumpy mash!

Banish all thoughts of this at Harriet’s. From what we have seen, everything the kitchen turns out here is pretty perfect and we would give their Sunday lunch a resounding ten out of ten.

On a very windy day, we chose to sit inside the delightful restaurant where you will find “proper” tablecloths and great attention to detail, including a series of charming little salt and pepperpots.

However, by the time we had finished, the sun was shining again so we finished off our meal with a cup of tea on the large terrace. We love the tea here because it is served in proper china cups and in a teapot and there is an amazing choice of blends.

Sunday lunch is served between noon and 5pm and it is best to book if possible to avoid disappointment though of course casual callers are very welcome to pop round to see if a table is available there and then (particularly advisable if you prefer to sit inside).

You can choose from a roasted half chicken, slow roasted beef or roast pork. You get a really decent plateful and we loved the little dishes for apple sauce and horse radish and the fact that the gravy arrived in individual boats.

The Yorkshire puds were huge and yes, there were “proper” chunky and crunchy roasties and even some good old-fashioned crack-ling with my pork.

Evidence of how much we enjoyed our meal came with totally empty plates!

Of course, we had to finish with one of the home-made puds and opted for jam roly poly with custard and syrup sponge with ice-cream.

A really super Sunday lunch and one we would highly recommend.

Everything offered at Harriet’s is cooked and presented with care and love and there’s a massive choice of everything from breakfasts and snacks to salads, lunches, afternoon teas, scones and evening meals.

There must be well over 150 items on the menu. There are omelettes and burgers, wraps and pasties, sandwiches and rolls, pancakes and crumpets.

From 6pm, chose from the likes of traditional fish and chips, scampi, shoulder of lamb, mixed meat com-bo….again at least two dozen options to tempt you.

You will find a multitude of home-made cakes you might just be longing for here in Tenerife to remind you of Britain, such as Victoria sponge, chocolate brownies, caramel shortbread, lemon drizzle, carrot cake or fruit scones with jam and real cream.

Very importantly in today’s health conscious age, Harriet’s also provide gluten-free and diabetic options and is one of the leading restaurants in the south for this.

If you would like to check out what is on offer, do see http://www.harrietstearoom.com/

The Los Cristianos restaurant is at the San Marino building by the bus station ie. just walk to the bottom end of the bus station, turn left and Harriet’s is about 50 yards on your left, set back from the road.

For reservations, telephone 922 712 791.