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A cosy cuppa

Posted on October 03 2016 at 3:11:05 0 comments

Tea Shop

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As the nights draw in, The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is all prepared for a cosy autumn and winter with a host of treats to eat, buy and admire.

Traditional afternoon tea is still the mainstay of the business, but the menu has been expanded to include extra items such as jacket potatoes, soup, salads, potato pie and a warming beef stew.

The mouthwatering array of homemade cakes is a huge selling point, and these too have been updated with gluten-free and dairy-free scones, lemon drizzle and carrot cake.

Customers can now enjoy healthy fruit smoothies, while The Tea Shop’s alcohol licence means they can serve prosecco, local cider and even the odd cocktail.

Owner Diane Cooke, now ably assisted by daughter Emma as well as the friendly team, is always able to theme The Tea Shop’s offerings around seasons and celebrations, and with this in mind, special Halloween cupcakes will soon be available to order, followed by festive-themed ones for the run-up to Christmas.

There’s also a great gift idea that combines its homemade food with the general retro theme: vintage cake tins with a delicious cake inside.

Meanwhile, Christmas hampers containing vintage cups, saucers and teas should prove popular.

Of course, no visit to The Tea Shop would be complete without browsing the packed shelves of vintage china and glassware, homeware, textiles and gifts either created or sourced by Diane and Emma.

Knitted mittens, scarves and blankets sit alongside pretty cushions, quilts and bunting, and there’s even a selection of vintage buttons.

Scented candles, decorative ceramic hearts and the popular plush animal doorstops all make lovely gifts, while a new range of toiletries includes bath fizzers, moisturisers and “bathing flowers” made from scented soap petals.

The Tea Shop continues to provide china hire for weddings and other occasions, plus vintage tea parties both on the premises and in people’s own homes or hired venues, bringing the tableware and the catering for the perfect themed event.

The venue is available for private hire on Sundays, and Diane wants to let local companies know that it would be ideal for a staff Christmas party.

The Tea Shop has also arranged some special dates of its own for the coming months.

For the third year running, it will host a series of ticket-only Christmas events with festive afternoon tea, mulled wine and carols from Alvechurch Community Choir – these are almost sold out, so get in touch now!

There are also plans for a traditional Tea Dance in a local hall in February; the exact location and date to be confirmed, but tickets will soon be on sale and could make a great alternative Christmas present.

Meanwhile, The Tea Shop is now open on Mondays, so why not pop down and enjoy some delicious homemade fare in the cosiest of venues?

91 Hewell Road, Barnt Green
Tel: 0121 679 6917
http://www.constancewallace.co.uk
Facebook: Constance Wallace


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