So the fun continued and I traveled on from Liverpool to Newcastle (under-lyme). This is actually right next to Stoke-on-Trent, which is known as ‘The Potteries’. Yes, I know eeek for fellow pottery/china lovers. For everyone normal (haha), this is the place where many of the major English pottery companies were born, such as Wedgwood, Aynsley and Spode. As you can imagine, especially with where we were, I took a lot of photos and therefore have come to the conclusion that I have far too much for one blog post alone. So I shall be sharing the love across a number of posts over the next few weeks. Today I will cover our visit to a local vintage tearoom. Tales of the pottery museum, the pottery factory shops and the Wedgwood museum will come soon.
I was visiting my friend Katie and Natalie came to join us too, which made us the perfect vintage china appreciating trio. As you know, any weekend away for me is not complete without visiting a Vintage Tearoom and Katie did not let us down. She took us to a little place called Baileys, formerly known as the Green Room Vintage Tearoom.
This time I ordered a panini and an earl grey tea. The china in which my tea was served was so lovely. It just made my day. I know it sounds so corny, but I take no greater pleasure in drinking tea, than when I do drinking it from a gorgeous little china teacup.
It also came out with this over-sized tea strainer or maybe it’s a tiny sieve? What do you reckon?
The tea was a lovely fresh leaf tea, which is always a favourite of mine and put them in my very good books. I also noticed that my friend was using a very familiar looking teapot. Turns out, I think we had this pattern on a few plates whilst I was growing up.
The food was pretty good, nothing outstanding but their pièce de résistance was their banoffee pie. I couldn’t finish it, as it was so sweet and I was very full. So it was good that I had a cake lover to hand (Natalie) to finish it off for me.
After the tearoom we popped along to a local vintage shop, quite unlike most of the ones I’ve ventured into before. This one was more of an antiques and accessories vintage place but all the same it was good to explore.
After the vintage shop we popped into a bit of unique looking store and I found these beauties. A little pricey for me but I thought you might want to see them.
I also found a a lovely vintage china set in one of the local charity shops but I want to show you them with some other china.
My favourite buy of the whole weekend was a Royal Albert Vintage Lamp. It doesn’t actually work anymore, so I’m going to have to get it re-wired and buy a new lampshade for it but I thought it would work perfectly in my room make-over. Yes, you heard me. I’m doing my room up and vintage-ifying it. I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve got so many ideas brimming over in my head. I’ve started pinning a few things on my Pinterest board; so check it out if you want to see some of the crazy twirly whirlings of my head.
I will be posting some amazing pottery museum stuff soon. I was amazed, fascinated, grossed out and in-awe.