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A shop for all seasons

Posted on October 25 2014 at 9:43:03 0 comments

Tea shop

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There’s no doubt that The Tea Shop is one of the most appealing places in Barnt Green, with its attractive wares artistically displayed in the window.

When it opened in March, the pretty pastel colours and floral chinaware were perfect for the arrival of spring – and for autumn the venue has transformed into a cosy corner where customers can enjoy traditional tea and cake by the fireside amid memories of a bygone era.

The array of vintage ephemera collected or created by owner Diane Cooke provides a unique talking point – and it’s all available to buy, either for your own home or for a lovely gift.
Speaking of which, a full range of gift vouchers is now on sale: choose from £5, £10, £20 or vouchers for a full afternoon tea or cream tea for two.

To complement the vintage tableware and home accessories, Diane has added a large selection of nostalgic giftware.

Soft door stoppers and paperweights in the shape of cute creatures have been flying off the shelves, while other great ideas include traditional games like dominoes and tiddlywinks, a new range of quilts, and even mittens on strings for adults!

Diane has also introduced products by East of India, including wooden bunting, decorative eggs, and scented candles that smell like cakes!

There are also items for hen parties and baby showers – appropriate since Diane caters for many such occasions either in The Tea Shop or via the Constance Wallace mobile tea party service.

Diane recently visited Europe’s largest antiques fair to buy new china, as the china hire side of the business is ever more popular. She has also bought vintage fabrics from which to create new textiles such as cushion covers, aprons and bunting.

Delicious homemade cakes are served throughout the day, plus light bites at lunchtime – and The Tea Shop’s new seasonal menu features breakfast items such as traditional porridge, dippy egg with soldiers, and fresh fruit smoothies.

The shop is in the process of getting an alcohol licence, so customers can enjoy mulled wine, Tardebigge Cider, and old-fashioned drinks like dandelion and burdock – there won’t be a “bar” as such, just some quirky drinks that lend themselves to afternoon tea.

The Tea Shop is frequently hired for special occasions, while Diane continues to take the party to clients’ homes with the help of her 1958 Austin van, Peggy! She has taken lots of bookings for 2015 already, especially for weddings and china hire.

“From the 1st of December, it will officially be Christmas at The Tea Shop!” adds Diane excitedly. She has already taken bookings for private festive parties, but there are some dates still available including evenings.

On Sundays December 7 and 14, The Tea Shop will host special Christmas afternoon tea (advance bookings only). There will be carols sung by Alvechurch Community Choir, glowing candles on the tables, and party bags with a tangerine and mince pie. To book your place, just pop in or give Diane a call.

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


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