Friday, 18 May 2012


I just want to say thank you to all those who took the time to comment about the tea room I will be opening very soon.  (I am trying not to think about how many days it is or I might just have a little panic attack).

You all gave me some great ideas.  There will definitely be homemade cakes - as well as the old favourites, I am looking forward to playing around with what I am growing in my allotment - at the moment, lots of rhubarb.

I am just looking at soy milk (the one I tried curdled for a flat white coffee, but it seemed ok for a cappuccino).  The current menu is very bread heavy, so I am going to try a few salads and lighter things.  Definitely put in more choice for vegetarians and a vegan choice - since becoming vegetarian I am very aware of how meat dominates most menus and it is usually a cheese sandwich or a veggie lasagne for non-meat eaters.  There is never anything suitable for vegans.

Mrs Accidental - that is a great idea about the colouring paper and pencils.

SFT - I completely agree about the menus, they must be clean.  And clean toilets are a must.  My job next weekend is to decorate them.

Lisa - thanks so much for commenting.  Funny you should mention not liking drinking out of clear cups, I had a customer come in the same day and say the same thing.  I have been out and bought a few mugs as I think a lot of people prefer to drink out of mugs.

Kay - if you could point me in the direction of some good vegan/gluten free cake recipes, I would be very grateful.

Thank you also Fostermummy, Jane and Chris, Phillipa Jayne, Sandra, Dannie,  Datacreata (The Peacock Tea Room looks fantastic!), Lissy Lou, Keeping it Simple and Mrs No Spend.  I really appreciate your comments.

You are always welcome to come and have a free cup of tea with me!!!

This is my little place.  It is only small, but I have big plans. 

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Exciting Changes

I have been a bit absent of late - I have 'written' lots of Blog posts in my head, but have not had chance to type them up.

The reason my mind has been elsewhere, is that from the beginning of next month I will be running my own tea room.  I have been working in a little tea room in the village since last year, as an opportunity has come up for me to take it over.

Not exactly what I had in mind in my career plan, but it could be good.

So I have been doing lots of planning and thinking about menus and advertising and all the other stuff I hadn't originally thought about - there was me thinking it would just be baking a few extra cakes.

I want to make this the best I can, so I would love some input - do you ever go to tea rooms/cafes etc?  What do you like/dislike about them?  What do you like to see on the menu?    And anything else you can think of that could perhaps help me.

Tonight I am going to be designing the new menu (in between a bit of blog reading).

This is not my tea room, but love the look of it......