Named after the Welsh village of Llanddowror, Landour is a quaint little cantonment town near Mussoorie in the foothills of the great Himalayas. Its poetic beauty inspired them to call it the ‘Hamlet in the Hills.’ With the lofty Himalayan peaks looming on one side and the Shivalik hills on the other, the engulfing dramatic landscape and quiet atmosphere makes Landour the quintessential getaway for the stressed traveller.
The Vibes of Rokeby Manor
The Rokeby Manor in this charming hamlet, is quite well known for its admirable and adorable British architecture, comfortable stay, courteous staff and stunning views. You will immediately fall head over heals in love with this lovely Manor, its that enchanting! We are going to introduce you to the latest addition to this jewelled piece of abode, the Landour Bakehouse, shortly. But, before that, let’s take a small trip in and about the place.
Each of its rooms are a heavenly cozy snug on its own. Rustic rooms with tell tale elements of English country decor, Valley View rooms with stunning views or premium villas and opulent suites with private balconies; each room at Rokeby Manor is art redefined but in the most simplest yet classiest manner! And, the choices are too many, it’s a tough call to settle on one!
Restored to original 19th century décor, the bungalow has kept its snuggly fireplaces, conventional wooden beams and quiet nooks where old world charm merrily meets modern comforts.
The Landour Bakehouse!
The delicious food at their beautiful restaurant EMILY”s has always been in talks and now they have another scrumptious reason for you to book your stay there. Rokeby Manor has launched a quaint little cafe – ‘The Landour Bakehouse’ at Sisters’ Bazaar.
Overlooking the majestic snow peaks of the great Himalayan Range, this cafe is a nice place to sip on a traditional steaming pot of tea. The shop has been painstakingly restored to resemble an authentic 19th century kitchen where baked goods were made.
A little sneak peak into its history
It is a known fact that the Rokeby Manor has always preserved and cherished the history of the serene town of Landour. And, even the cafe has some interesting facts attached to it too. In 1837, when Victoria became queen, most of her people lived in the countryside and every parish would have had a communal oven or a Bakehouse. From the early 1900s, all the eclectic residents of Landour would meet at Community Center book clubs, as well as other social gatherings on the hillside.
Those same old recipes continue to be used till this day by the community of Landour. The manuscripts of the recipes were updated, revised and published and republished as The Landour Cookbook, through 5 editions.
‘The Landour Bakehouse’ pays tribute to the ingenuity and effort of all these people. Many of the bakery, desserts, and pudding recipes in the cafe have been derived from the Landour Cookbook. From tea, coffee to custards, everything in the cafe has a unique flavorful and the tall pine trees guard the scenery for you.
The idea of sipping a cup of coffee in a 19th century restaurant with snow-capped mountains and looming pine trees forging mystical views that you seldom dream of, can tempt anyone and everyone. In the quiet, serene Landour, away from the Mussoorie crowd, you will definitely enjoy a beautiful escape that’s so worth it!
Do not forget to carry your favorite book, it can potentially uplift your visit to this charming cafe. Must taste freshly baked cakes with Freshly brewed Cappuccino, missing htme is a sin that you commit for life!
Not To Miss Amazing Rokeby Highlights
The Stray Dog- Stubli
The original Swiss Restaurant stays true to the Alpine spirit with its all-wood snuggly interiors. This cozy cabin serves continental specialties that will leave you complete and at peace for the rest of the day.
A throwback to the Olde English Pub, our little Tudor style Ale House is the perfect place to enjoy drinks and pub it up. If you like the outdoors, head to the terrace seating to enjoy your favorite martini or cocktail overlooking the Doon valley.
The Tea Garden
Pretty flowers in potted plants, pebbled pathways and unparalleled views of the mystical Doon Valley, the Tea Garden at Rokeby serves flavorsomel and refreshing teas coupled with delicious cakes and teatime savories.