The Tenth Hole | A Review

Another weekend, another trip away!

This time I ventured all the way down south to the Portsmouth area. I’ve got friends and family down there, so it’s well worth the 5 hour drive but maybe not every weekend ehh!

Here’s a small glimpse of all the wonderfullness to come in this blog post 😀

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As usual I was eager to try new tearooms and had a few on my list for this trip. My friend and I planned a full day in Portsmouth. We wanted to have a good scout around all the shops, as well as to pop across to Southsea. Both my friend and my sister-in-law to be suggested we try ‘The Tenth Hole‘ – a little tearoom attached to a golf course that apparently served not only great food but scrumptious cake too. Well obviously we had to try it and thus walked the 2.2 miles to Southsea. Yes, we were pretty hungry by the time we arrived.

After a small wait outside the front, we were seated in the side conservatory. Until I popped to the loo about 10 minutes in, I didn’t realise that most of the seating was either outside or in similar conservatory type areas. The whole feel was golf inspired but didn’t take it too far. Such as rope decorations with a bluey/sea green colour painted on the walls. The place had a beach hut type feel with a perfect cafe twist. It was great.

Drinks were the first order of business. My friend went for the hot choccy as usual with extras :p

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I decided to go for the usual tea but opted for peppermint, as I’m really keen on this flavour at the moment. And amazingly it came in this enamel teapot. How awesome is this!!!!

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After a short perusal of the menu, we both decided to have the special we had being eyeing up whilst in the queue. This was a filo pastry stuffed with feta cheese, roasted tomatoes, butternut squash and olives on a bed of rocket. Then just to ensure we weren’t being too healthy we shared a little blue enamel tub of sweet potato wedges.

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A couple of bits I absolutely loved in this place was the fact they had a Kilner jar full of water, so you could just grab a glass and I adored the paint dipped chairs.

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Unfortunately my phone battery died at this point. So I was unable to take photos of the puddings we had but let me tell you they were absolutely delicious!!! I tried the banoffee pie and my friend had the strawberry meringue cake. Really delicious, totally worth going just for the cake 😀

Overall I give this tearoom 9 out of 10!!

Beadlam Grange Farm Tearoom and Farm Shop | A Review

Last weekend I was lucky enough to have my wonderful friend Cindy visit. As she was coming a long way, I wanted to make sure we went somewhere nice but I also wanted to go somewhere new myself. Somewhere I could share with you all. After consulting some work colleagues, it was suggested I try Beadlam Grange Farm Tearoom – which is just south of the North Yorkshire Moors.

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And what a wonderful surprise it was! Absolute perfection. After about an hour’s journey we easily found the farm, and found the well sign posted tearoom up in the farm attic. Full of wood beams and gorgeous wooden tables. It was elegant and traditional but not in a fuddy, duddy way. We felt really comfortable.

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After the shortest wait known to woman, we were seated. Both of us went for tea, and as I’ve mentioned before I’m really into Peppermint tea. So was delighted to find that they stocked Taylor’s Tea. One of my favourites.

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Unbeknownst to us originally, it was actually Yorkshire day and as such as we both decided to sample something Yorkshire themed. Cindy went for the Yorkshire Roast Beef and I went for the Yorkshire Cheese board. Here they are in their absolute delicious-ness!

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Cindy got some many vegetables with her already full dinner plate, she just couldn’t manage it all. When I got mine, I was doubting whether it would fill me up. How very wrong I was. I was so absolutely stuffed that I didn’t even manage dessert – actually neither of us did. Thankfully they had a farm shop, where we were able to get a few tasty treats to take home afterwards. I even bought some fresh veg and cooking bits and pieces. It was heaven and the colours of the food looked so vibrant.

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They also had a lovely little gift shop, stocked with all the appropriate items for a farm shop i.e. lots of animal covered things!

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Plenty of garden ware too. But in general the whole place was well designed and made you want to spend your money. Good for them, perhaps less good for my purse!

I give this place 9 out of 10. I really recommend you go if you’re ever in the North Yorkshire area.

P.S Some tasty coffee cake from the farm shop for Cindy and some tasty vintage from #emilysvintagecollection 😀

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My Vintage Life….

You may have noticed I have been noticeably absent for a wee while. I promise this was anything but intentional. However my life just got busy, fun, crazy, hard and most of all time consuming. My small business was the main source of this but more recently it had been do with my health and personal reasons. I moved house at the beginning of June. This has been a blessing and curse for my small business and also for blogging. No internet and so much new ‘stuff’ so to speak left me severely distracted but altogether very happy.

Now this had died down, I’m beginning to come around to getting back into the swing of things. My first step this blog post. I’m hoping to start posting once every 1-2 weeks to begin with, whilst I get my rhythm back. So I hope you’ll bare with me. Everybody needs some time to take a step back and look at things but I also think it’s great to step back and just live your life. This is what I’ve been doing and I just want to share some of journey with you in the only way I know how…cue photo montage:

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Whilst packing I sudden realised how much tea I actually owned and I was not ashamed!

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Packing my housemate’s flat before the big move! It was really exhausting but we had lots of boundless energy.

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By this point I really didn’t want to unpack but I always do it pretty quickly. Cannot bare to live in chaos 😀 Looks a lot smarter now.

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A gift from my dad for moving into the new house! We use it all the time. It does teach you a lot of patience though.

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My very first dinner in the house. It was so calming and peaceful. We love to gather around our workbench table and chat with eating in between.

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Obviously a home is not a home without some tea and keen to get a lot of use out of my teapot. It’s so cute and it’s cath kidston.

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SO feeling pretty good right now and having been going out a bit! Enjoying it a lot whilst its all new I guess 😀

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Making lots of new friends and enjoying older friendships.

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And of course my best friends have been visiting and we have been visiting tearooms……you knew I would be!!!

See you soon my friends! Love the vintage life and just love life.

The Tea Room | A Review

A few weeks ago I visited my brother and my sister-in-law to be for her baby shower! Yes I will be an auntie very shortly! Very exciting!!

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Much to my delight I was taken to a lovely vintage tearoom whilst I was there! The tearoom is question was the aptly named ‘The Tea Room’, couldn’t be more to the point really. They don’t seem to have much of a web presence, well none that I can locate but here are their details on Facebook for you anyway.

I really enjoyed this little tearoom. My sister-in-law to be (well she’s called Laura, so let’s call her Laura from now on…ok?). Laura booked us in for a lunchtime shot. So there was my sister, my brother, Laura and her mother and me……quite a big table of people. Thank goodness she booked, as it was very busy by the time we got there at 1pm. Always a good sign though I say. The decor was lovely and very much up my street. Vintage chic, old tables, pretty decorations, big mirrors you know what I like!

After a lovely afternoon tea at the baby shower, I wasn’t quite ready for another. So I opted for the toasted Tuna, Cheese and Onion Toastie. Yum!

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This next bit of information may be a shock to you all but I actually ordered Peppermint Tea 😮 I know what a traitor to the beloved Early Grey. But on the bright side, they did delight me by supplying loose leaf tea. Always a Yes for me. Why would I want a teabag when that is so easy for me to do at home? What are your thoughts on this? #Teabag or #LooseLeaf

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And it was lovely 😀 The best part it all came out on fine bone china. My teacup as you might be able to guess (if you’re china fantatic like me) was a Colclough teacup.

One of my favourites.

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I even treated myself to this little beauty above. The bathroom was another delight…

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I give this tearoom a strong 8.5 out of 10!

A great experience, service was great, prices were very affordable, decor cute and appropriate, loose leaf tea was brilliant and everyone at my table went home very happy.

Jeanette’s Cakery | A Saltaire Surprise

On my recent trip across the county to Saltaire, we decided to try out a tearoom. After a quick briefing with a lovely local woman, we popped along to ‘Jeanette’s Cakery‘. She described it as a place worth bloggin’ about and boy was she right!

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What a find! This little beauty is on Saltaire’s main street, and just nestles right in. I really don’t think we could have found it ourselves without our tip. The interior was perfect. The tearoom is themed on the USA, so we’re talking juke boxes, 1950’s dresses, cupcakes and of course teacups. I think I was in heaven.

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At the Cakery you could get an afternoon tea for £8.95, which seemed like an absolute bargain and we just had to try it. The afternoon came with sandwich, scone and a cupcake of choice! Yum!

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We both went for Earl Grey tea (you’re probably not surprised) and the best part…it was loose leaf 😀 Our first teapot had a little leak in it, but thankfully the teapot had come on a tray. So they just whisked it away and a new one soon replaced it. Perfection. I got to tell you the service in this place was perfect. They were friendly, helpful and the tearoom seemed to flow really well.

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The sandwiches were lovely, the scone was a little large but very tasty. The cupcakes were soo delicious (disclaimer: we had to eat them later as was too full).

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Overall this tearoom was perfect; perfectly priced and such a great experience! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is in the area.

10 out of 10!

N.B: Wow don’t think I’ve ever given that score before!

Betty’s Afternoon Tea | A Review

Divine, Magical, Sublime, Sensual, Rich……

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So many words, so many tastes……the Betty’s Afternoon Tea was the perfect Birthday Treat and I’m here to tell you why!

First of all I went with my sister, who took me for my Birthday lunch out which was pretty special in itself. I’ve been to Betty’s in York many times but I’ve never tried the Afternoon Tea. Has to be for a special occasion, don’t you think?

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The first major choice was what kind of tea.

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Surprise, surprise I went for Earl Grey and my sister had the Betty’s Breakfast blend.

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The standard Afternoon Tea comes with the following sandwich selection:

Prawn Marie Rose & Oak Roast Salmon, Roast Yorkshire Ham & Mustard and Coronation Chicken and Free Range Egg-Mayonnaise & Cress.

My sister had all of them but me the fussy eater, just asked for Smoked Salmon sandwiches and they were more than happy to accommodate me. So I was a very happy bunny. We were quite naughty as well and ordered our favourite pikelets (basically flat crumpets – you must try them!).

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Next the Afternoon Tea comes with:

Freshly baked Sultana Scone with Strawberry Preserve and Yorkshire Clotted Cream.

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Soo tasty!
The scones were delightful. I found them slightly heavier than my usual scone but I think it was because they were sultana scones. I was hoping for them to be warmed but sadly not.

Great scones though, really fresh and moist. All of the food is cooked every day by Betty’s, which just added to the wonderful taste. I only managed half of mine, as I wanted to fit in all my cakes 😀

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The last part of the Afternoon Tea is:

A selection of Handmade Cakes

We were given three cakes – a small raspberry custard tart, a brownie and a macaroon!

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The brownie was so sweet and heavy. Neither of us could actually finish this first cake. It did taste better when I put it with some of the raspberries but I’m not sure it’s the best type of cake for an Afternoon Tea.

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The macaroon was made to perfection…light, airy and sweet.

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The final cake, and my favourite, was the raspberry tart. I love anything with a bit of custard/cream type filling. The pastry was sweet and hard/soft (stood up well but just crumbled when you bit into it). The raspberries were delicious.

(Sadly I ate this so quickly I didn’t have time for a photo of it…oh well in my tummy)

The whole presentation of the Afternoon Tea was just incredible. Silver service just adds an air of sophistication and special-ness!

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Overall this afternoon tea really deserves a 10 out of 10! Can’t fault it (except my warm scone niggle). If you ever visit a Betty’s, you really must must try the afternoon tea 😀

I couldn’t leave the shop without buying a little something and shock horror it isn’t Earl Grey 😀

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Madhatters and Thea Caffea | A Double Guest Tearoom Review

Many thanks to my best friend Natalie for writing my first guest post on this blog. In this post she reviews two of Nottingham’s finest tearooms. I hope you enjoy her thoughts:

It’s become somewhat of a ritual that whenever I venture North to Nottingham to visit the other half I travel to Kimberley Saturday morning to meet him after he finishes work. And what better place to meet him than in a tea shop. It can found on the high street and is called ‘Madhatters‘. As you can guess from the name, it has a slight Alice in Wonderland theme to it.

Nat 1 Nat 2It is such a sweet little place, with tables tucked away all around and all available space is filled with some kind of decoration. You would think this would make it really cramped but it’s actually quite lovely. I am a creature of habit so I have the same thing every time – Pumpkin Spice Latte and a slice of white chocolate and orange cake. What I like the most about this place is if you see the size of cake and think you can’t manage it all, you can just have half a slice at half the cost. Perfect for when you’re just craving a little bit of sweetness.

I must admit, I am a bit of a cake snob, but there is nothing I can say to fault this cake. It has never been served dry and it isn’t overly sweet. There is only a hint of orange to it to give it a bit of a kick. Absolutely delicious.

Nat 3From February this beautiful tea shop will be moving down the road to take up residence in a vintage china shop called Alice’s. Personally I think this will be a dangerous combination, as all my vices will be under one roof – pretty china and delicious cake. It’s a good thing I only make one trip per two weeks.

So my last weekend in Nottingham I got a bit spoiled. Not only was I at Madhatters Saturday morning, but Sunday afternoon I stopped in another tea shop the boy found called ‘Thea Caffea‘. It is tucked away along a back street in Nottingham and Nottingham confuses me at the best of times, so there is no way I would be able to find this place again without some guidance.

Nat 4This tea shop was very much an old fashioned tea shop, with the waitresses wearing black with white pinafores. Delightful is the only word I can find to describe this place.

Since it was the afternoon when we visited we thought it only right to sample a cream tea, with a pot of tea, two scones, jam and clotted cream. The jam and cream came in little bowls (there is nothing worse than having to open a container up as you just know it’s not fresh) and it was all served on a cake plate. I had never thought of this before, but it was a really lovely thing to do. My only criticism was that the tea pot we were given had a chip in the spout and so there was a bit of a tea-tastrophy.

Nat 5Unfortunately I was not dressed for the occasion, and was rocking a Doctor Who shirt. I stood out in the tea room. By the door there was a cabinet with lots of china sets in it, but as we turned up late we were not able to look around properly. If I can ever find this place again I would definitely go back in, even the center piece was a matching cup and saucer with a flower in (anyone that knows me will understand my disinterest china that doesn’t match!). A perfect weekend!

Nat 6Thanks for reading my friend’s guest post 😀

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