Hey I’m joining in with Natalie’sSunday Sevens today and posting 7 ( or maybe more! ) photographs from my week.
Above is a photo from Instagram.I am trying to post a piccie each day as part of Kate Gabrielle’s #brilliantphotoaday challenge. Oneday the prompt was Polkadots so my whirly windmill came in very useful. 🙂
Tuesday was of course Valentine’s Day and Wil and I exchanged cards. I got him a humerous yet vaguely insulting card and he got me a lovely romantic card. Hurrah! I celebrate …because for years we chose cards for each other that we would rather have got ourselves. He likes funnies so he would get me something silly. I like pretty romantic cards so that’s what I would get him. We would joke that we should ‘swap’ cards. At last though, we have maybe got it right? Only taken us nearly 12 years! 🙂
On Thursday morning we took Hugo a walk up past Standen Hall, which was a good exscuse to look at all the lovely Snowdrops. It’s a private residence but I couldn’t resist stumbling over the cattle grid and taking a few photos. There were even some turkeys and a grey squirrel too! I hope those turkeys are not being fattened up for Christmas…
Friday night was a great fun night out with the girls…..but I have got to say, I am still recovering! Friend Fi arranged for 6 of us to try out a Cocktail Mixing Masterclass at Escape Coffee & Cocktails In Clitheroe. The class was upstairs in our own little private bar area and after a demo from Ben our Mixologist, we each got to make five very different cocktails….and drink them of course. After experiencing a welcome Belini, a Mojito, a Happy Holidays, a Porn Star Martini, a Delightful Trifle, a Long Island Iced Tea and a glass of prosecco, I may just not be able to remember enough to write a full post about it. ;). All I can say is at £35 per head it was great value for money, and a good time was had by all!
Yesrerday I did manage to emerge from the house and meet up with a pal for tea and cake at Callooh Callay in town. This Alice In Wonderland inspired tea room has had new owners of late, so we were a little worried it may have changed beyond recognition. Happily it is still devoted to all things ‘Alice’ ,though the new proprietor isn’t English, he presented us with some dates to try before our tea came. I guess that only adds to the quirkyness! 🙂
On Saturday the girls were in Leeds doing some serious shopping! After hitting the end of Summer Sales we needed a well earned break and some of that famous Yorkshire hospitality. What better place to go than an eclectic Vintage tea room. The interior of Just Grand in the Grand Arcade is the perfect mish mash of decor from different decades and quirky touches, there are pretty teacup light fittings and menus on retro record sleeves. The staff wear clothing from other eras. Pretty 1950s style dresses, colourful Hawaiian shirts and Rockabilly pin up frocks.:)
When we arrived it was very busy ( Its a popular place! ) so we were seated out front in the arcade. My friend Arwen ordered a very marshmallowy Hot Chocolate that came served in a pretty vintage teacup. She also chose a ham sandwich and a rocky road cake. As for myself and Gill, we decided that yes , everything does start with tea, Afternoon tea. 🙂
The Just Grand Afternoon Tea arrived on a vintage cake stand and on the bottom tier there were four delightful finger sandwiches each, on brown and white bread. The fillings were egg, cucumber and cream cheese, cheese and ham. On the middle tier was a generous slab of homemade cake each of our choice. This was instead of the usually served fruit cake and Wensleydale cheese. Its up to you which you would prefer. And the top tier held our scrumptious scones which came in two varieties. Gill chose a fruit scone and I went for the apricot and ginger . It was pretty darn good! The scones came with strawberry jam and clotted cream. All were washed down with either Yorkshire tea ( of course 😉 ) or filter coffee.
All in all our dining experience here was Just Grand indeed. A must if you visit Leeds. 🙂
So March has passed at the speed of a pair of Mad March Hares frolicking in a field. A nice spring image for you there! Here is my quick round up post of what I’ve been up to in the merry month of March.
Reading ~ Each month I am trying to read at least one book. And I have managed two. Hurrah! The first was the Ira Levin thriller ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ which is the story of an all American golden boy, who will stop at nothing not even murder, to get what he wants. Written in the 1950’s this cautionary tale preluded Levin’s more well known works such as ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘The Stepford Wives’. The second book I read is a brand newbie. ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins might appeal to those of you who enjoyed ‘Gone Girl’. Have you ever looked out of the window on a train and wondered about the lives of the people in the houses you pass? Have you ever spotted something a bit strange near the tracks? This is a creepy thriller with complex characters and a gripping storyline. Great for commutes on the train hey. 😉
On the Box ~ ~ Well need I say more! The luscious Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark makes my Sunday nights. Poldark 9pm BBC1.
A Tale Of Two Cities. ~ I had two days out with the girls in two Northern cities. 🙂 For my friend’s 40th , Manchester was our destination. A Gentleman’s Afternoon tea at Opus One , Cocktails in a subterranean drinking den ( The Gas Lamp ) nr Spinningfields and shopping in Pepperberry were included in our day.
Also myself and my friend Arwen met up with our mate Gill in Leeds on Saturday. There is more to explore but we were impressed with the brand spanking new Trinity Shopping Centre and Gill booked us into Browns for lunch. Always happy to go somewhere that serves my fave Mr Fitzpatricks Rhubarb Cordial. 🙂 I didn’t buy much but I did come away with a golden egg bath bomb from Lush.
Teacup Trolley ~
This month I bought a tea trolley to display my teacup candles in my friends shop Chillimoon. She spruced it up with some duck egg blue paint and I added some Cath Kidston style bunting. I quite like it. 🙂
Blog Love ~
Been enjoying discovering a few new blogs recently. Have a gander at these. 🙂
Dear Ms Leigh kicks the butt of any misconceptions you may have about Detroit. Such a fascinating….and beautiful city.
Daft Dog ~
Hugo is looking sorry for himself here as he decided to eat a pheasant! The tale feathers got stuck in his stomach resulting in an operation to retrieve a Sitting Bull’s headress worth from his belly.Luckilly he is doing fine now.But I keep spying him eyeing up birds. 😦 Have any of your pets eaten anything they shouldn’t?
Wandering home from work the other day I noticed this sign in my local AGE UK charity shop. 🙂
I like going in there for a teacup rummage…..but most of the charity shops in my town ( including this one) have put the prices up on Vintage Crockery. 😦 An ‘Early Bird Discount’ though was a great reason to head to the shops on a teacup treasure hunt!
So bright and early I pegged it into town with my beadie eyes at the ready to bag a bargain. I literally galloped round the shop grabbing at cups and saucers until I realised there were actually no other early birds there ( tee hee) so I was safe to browse until the clock struck half past. In the end I only bought two pairs of trios and a hand full of vintage brooches….but they are quite pretty and were also half price. 🙂
I have two ‘Duchess Ivy’ trios which were £2 each and two ‘Salisbury’ floral trios which were £3 each. My plan is to make them into teacup candles for my sadly neglected Teacup candle Stall . My first craft fair is booked for March so I had better get making !
My trio of brooches were £1.50 each and my plan is to pin them to vintage playing cards and sell them on my stall too. They are so shiny!
Whilst I took photos of my treasures Slinky the cat supervised. I think she was a bit put out that I was disturbing her cat nap though.
Feeling festive ( and somewhat frazzled) after listening to Christmas tunes all day 🙂 , I joined a couple of work chums for a brew and a chat in my favourite vintage tea room Callooh! Callay
Callooh is no stranger to my blog and has featured in several posts! Its a bijou Alice In Wonderland inspired cafe that serves delicious home cooked food and a varied selection of teas, named after Wonderland phrases and characters.
Since my first post two years ago , the tea room has come under new management. It is however still as lovely as ever. The tea and cakes are served in mismatched vintage china and pink flamingos are a big part of the decor. Sorry my pictures are a little dark.
As I prefer fruit teas I decided on ‘Were All Mad Here’ , a refreshing fruity burst of strawberries, elderberries, rosehips and lemongrass. My colegue K tried a black tea called ‘Cheshire Cat Got the Cream’ whils’t my other workmate C preferred a coffee. I wonder whose idea it was to order a sumptious slice of chocolate yule log.Hmmm let me see….. 😉
Before leaving we had a nosy upstairs. There are two rooms devoted to lovely gifts and vintage goodies. One of the rooms is now a new vintage venture called ‘Tumtumtree vintage’ selling clothes and other interesting bits and pieces. I have my eye on these two brass cockerels.Roll on payday!
So if your ever in Clitheroe and fancy a pot of tea and an explore in a curiosity shop, you will find Callooh! Callay on Moor Lane ~ not to far from the castle gates. Enjoy!
In two and a bit years of blogging I have posted about several lovely tea rooms.And I do love a good tea room ! From the Kisch to the Quirky, the Classy to the Creative, I’ve frequented many a tearoom treasure in my time. I have chosen ten to give a mouthwatering mention here. All of them…and a few more….. can be found in my Category Cloud under Tea Room Treasures. 🙂
The Blitz Cafe. ~ Hebden Bridge. This is a 1940s style tea room with dishes and decor inspired by the second World War. Menus are printed as ration books and the waiting on staff wear fashions from the era. On the menu are old fashioned favourites such as Corned beef hash and rabbit pie and jolly puddings like Jam Roly Poly and Spotted dick. Downstairs an apothecary and gift emporium brims with lotions and potions and other goodies.
Betty’s Tea rooms ~ Ilkley.The first Betty’s tea room was established in 1919 in Harrogate by young swiss baker and confectioner Frederick Belmont who fell in love with the scenic Yorkshire countryside.These were eventually followed by others in York, Northallerton and Ilkley. Betty’s are a delightful combination of switzerland and Yorkshire. The tea rooms in Ilkley have an elegant interior with mirrored walls,art deco lamps and the waitresses wear clean crisp aprons,buttoned up blouses and vintage brooches. We did have to queue twenty minutes for a table but the delicious tea and cakes we ordered were well worth the wait.:) Bettys are a popular Yorkshire institution and a national treasure to boot.
The Garden Kitchen ~ Holden Clough, near Clitheroe. If you fancy experiencing a delicious afternoon tea served on a fun miniature picnic bench , then you will adore this countryside tea room alongside Holden Clough nurseries. The afternoon tea menu changes seasonally and I have visited both in the summer and the winter. Always a treat to drink milkshake or indeed mulled wine from a dinky glass welly boot. 🙂
Luby’s Charming Tea Room ~ Cross Hills, nr Keighley. As the name suggests Luby’s is the very definition of Charming. Bijou and cozy and packed full of retro nik naks and vintage loveliness!
Luby’s serve their tea, cake and sandwiches on beautiful vintage crockery.Always a plus! On my visit I didn’t have chance to try any food but I had the most momentous milkshake. It was almost a pudding in a glass. 🙂
Propertea ~ Manchester. Tucked away in the grounds of Manchester Cathedral and only a stones throw from Victoria station, Propertea is a relaxing and contemporary haven for a ‘proper cuppa and slice of cake’.
I liked how the tea is served in glass teapots and how you are given a tea timer to time how long to stew your brew. The cakes are rather good too. 🙂
Richmond Tea Rooms ~ Manchester. Also in the city are the Wonderland inspired ‘Richmond Tea Rooms’ located just off Canal Street. Once inside you do kind of feel like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole. The tea rooms are brimming with pictures and curio’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. Eat Me and Drink me are written above the counter. There is an amazing selection of cakes and puddings and don’t be surprised if you spy a Mad Hatters Tea Party going on 🙂
Liz N Lils ~ Blackburn. This quirky and homely cafe bar is located in what used to be ‘The Grapes Pub’ in Blackburn town centre. Spacious yet cozy ‘Liz N Lils’ is packed full of vintage touches and is the ideal place to relax after a spot of retail therapy. A popular choice on the menu is the Blackburn Bake made from sausages,bacon and black pudding in a mustard sauce! I opted for a delicious home cooked ham sandwich with salad and a refreshing berry smoothie.
The Glass House at Stydd Gardens ~ Ribchester. An elegant and eye catching restaurant and tea room, housed in a tropical glass house. I came here with family recently for my birthday. What a treat it was ! Glorious food in stunning surroundings ~ I loved my portabella mushroom burger, naughtily followed by an Eton mess sundae. The Glass House and its gardens are full of fabulous features such as fountains, ornamental ponds and statues. And there are several pretty shops to browse on site too.
The Cake ‘Ole ~ Skipton. Having walked past this colourful looking cafe a few times with a look of longing, I was excited to finally take a look inside. Vibrant colours and quirky decor ( a zebra sticking out of the wall, I ask you 🙂 ) greeted us. The whole place is a feast for the eyes ! Situated inside The Craven Arcade it s half vintage tea room/half Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory ~ the Cake’Ole has that kind of feeling about it. I would not have been surprised if Mr Wonka himself had poured the tea. 🙂
Callooh! Callay! ~ Clitheroe. A vintage tea room in my home town , with more than a touch of Alice In Wonderland about it. A fine selection of Alice inspired teas such as ‘Were all Mad Here!’ and ‘ Off with her Head!’, Pink flamingos and pretty china. The afternoon teas are heavenly …… and there is a gift emporium and a vintage shop ‘ Tum Tum tree Vintage’ upstairs.
Which of these gorgeous tea rooms would you like to visit?
Finding ourselves with an hour left on the parking in Skipton on Saturday, we bobbed inside the ‘Cake ‘Ole ‘ , in the Craven Arcade for a quick spot of lunch. Having walked past the cafe a few times before with a look of longing, I was excited to finally take a look inside. Vibrant colours and quirky decor ( a zebra sticking out of the wall, I ask you 🙂 ) greeted us. The whole place is a feast for the eyes !
Everywhere you look there is something a little different, a little unusual , to make you smile. 🙂
Half vintage tea room/half Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory ~ the Cake’Ole has that kind of feeling about it. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Mr Wonka himself had poured the tea. 🙂 Instead we had some friendly waiting on staff.
This quirky cafe is most definatly about the cake…….but they do a mean panini too. Wil had the spicey cheese with red pepper ( he loved it) and I had a tuna and cheese filling. I spotted they had Mr Fitzpatricks cordials so I chose the rubarb & rosehip which is a firm fave of mine.
We could not leave without trying a mini cake each. 🙂 Wil sampled the Carrot cake and I had the red velvet. Don’t they look cute! Tasted heavenly too.
I will most certainly visit again next time I’m in Skipton. There’s lots of creative combinations of milkshakes to try out. Peanut butter and jelly anyone?.