Friar Tuck’s Pantry

Update 4/13/19 – Friar Tuck’s Pantry Now Closed 
204 E Main Street
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 733-8825
www.friartuckspantry.com

Sunday, our book club met at Friar Tuck’s Pantry, an English tea house. I was yelping around looking for a place for us to meet that was either in North Austin or in Round Rock. I stumbled on Friar Tuck’s Pantry and I love the name of this place so much that I couldn’t resist making a reservation. Yes, they take reservations! It’s hard to find a coffee/tea place or small cafe that can seat a group of 8-10 comfortably and not only does Friar Tuck’s have the space and seating to do this but they ALSO take reservations? It’s a book club’s dream meeting spot!

If I could choose just one word to describe Friar Tuck’s Pantry, I’d use charming. If given 2 words, I’d add on delightful. Friar Tuck’s Pantry stays true to its English homage. The owner, (if memory serves, I think her name is Debra) is from England and speaks with a sweet English accent. She won me over when she tried to push Jamie into trying more interesting pastries and stray from her order of a bagel with cream cheese. Her pastries are very English. Tarts, scones, etc. I’ve come to accept that English pastries are dry but also that’s why you eat it with warm cups of tea!

They have a pantry/candy selection of ALL imported goods. I loved to see all the candy wrappers and note the difference between American wrappers and their English/European counterparts. An English/European Kit Kat bar is an actual bar! Also available is imported sodas. I saw apple favored sodas and black currant sodas.

On a few tables are miniature games. On ours we have backgammon! There is also a corner of the store that is kid friendly with toys to keep your tots busy. I don’t see this amenity offered by any of the coffee shops or tea houses I’ve been to and I’ve been to quite a number.

The Food

Unfortunately, no one could sample their lunch menu as they stop serving lunch at 3pm and we scheduled to meet at 3:30. Instead we ordered samples of their pastries.

Selina and Liliana ordered lemon drizzle cake, a chocolate caramel and shortbread bar, and a strawberry cream mini tart all pictured above.

Pictured above is Brittany’s order. Some kind of cookie with a lemony filling.

I ordered the minced meat scone pictured above which does not have minced meat. Made with rum soaked fruits. It was a nice snack with my Berry Hibiscus personal pot of tea. I was told they don’t make their minced meat scones with meat so it can keep longer.

Some of the book club members

Brandi, my roommate already told me she wants us to come back and do our studying and working here. She fell in love with this eatery and we can’t wait to sample their lunches. That’s her enjoying her first cup of hot tea ever. (She’s a Southern girl who enjoys her tea ice cold and sweet.)

My Book Review of our book, The Shack. (A link to a blog post off of my personal blog. Will open in a new window.)