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Mellings Vegetarian Restaurant ~ Whalley.

My lovely friend Lisa and I decided to catch up over lunch yesterday. We headed to the nearby village of Whalley where our venue of choice was Mellings situated on King street ~ the main road through Whalley.

As soon as we stepped inside we knew it was going to be our kind of place. The lovely shabby chic interior dotted with vintage touches and fresh flowers welcomed us in from the cold breezy day outside.

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Lisa is a vegetarian so we were intrigued to test out the menu. I think Mellings may be the only completely vegi place to dine in the Ribble Valley. They are also happy to cater for vegan and gluten free. We were pleased to see a varied selection of dishes on both the menu and the Specials board.

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I had Chick pea cake with salad. Was delicious.
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Lisa enjoyed her tempura vegetables.

Our food was home cooked and tasty. Although i’m not a vegetarian myself I was pleasantly surprised. I was also completely in love with the decor. πŸ™‚

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Of course we had to try out the puddings too!  Lisa had the fruit crumble and custard and I had the Mellings Mess. Oh so delicious. πŸ™‚

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Winter warming crumble.
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Mellings mess.

We were so thrilled to discover this lovely restaurant right on our doorstep. It opens Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings too so I sense an evening out in Whalley coming on soon. Oh and they serve afternoon teas as well!

Vegetarian and Vintage. A tearoom treasure indeed!

Liz ‘N’ Lil’s ~ Blackburn

After a work collegue suggested I bob into Liz ‘N’ Lil’s , the next time I was in Blackburn, I couldn’t wait to check it out. This quirky and homely cafe/bar is housed in what used to be the Grapes pub in Blackburn town centre.

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Located at 108 Northgate , not far from King Georges Hall, Liz ‘N’ Lil’s is a stones throw from the shops, so its the perfect place to hang out after a spot of retail therapy.

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Spacious yet cozy the homely decor includes comfy sofas and a bar selling wine & beer. Your eyes are constantly drawn to all the interesting retro nic nacs & pretty vintage touches dotted around the place.

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I opted for a tasty home cooked ham sandwich which was served with a lovely salad and I also had a refreshing mixed berry smoothie which was delicious. A popular choice is the Blackburn Bake made from black pudding, bacon and sausages in a mustard sauce !Β The vintage china came out too. Always a treat. πŸ˜€ The homemade cakes looked very inviting also. And theres a great selection of coffees Β and teas.
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The relaxed and quirky vibe in Liz ‘N’ Lils means it is the perfect venue for a monthly makers & craft fair which takes place every first Thursday of the month 4-8pm apparently. I shall have to go for a nosy sometime!

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I found the staff to be friendly and the tearooms charming so please visit next time your in Blackburn. Liz ‘N’ Lil’s is just what the town needs. Click Here to follow them on Twitter.

Propertea in Manchester. :)

A rare treat on Saturday !  I got to spend the whole day with two of my besties. πŸ™‚  Have known Fi and Jo for nearly 15 years now, since we all lived on the same street in our twenties. These two lovely ladies are busy mums  so escaping from the kids for a whole ten hours is quite a fete. A little planning and we managed it , dashing for the 9-40 train to Manchester. πŸ™‚

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I had done a little research ( only a bit πŸ˜‰ ) into a tea room that opened just before Christmas. 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’. It is part owned by celebrity ghost hunter/former Blue Peter presenter Yvette Fielding. We saw no spooks at our table. πŸ™‚

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So before we hit the shops ( and strawberry woo woos πŸ˜‰ ) we went for a brew and yes, we had to indulge in a sweet treat too. How could we resist!

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Propertea has an impressive leaf tea selection and I loved how the tea is served out of glass teapots.You also get a cute tea timer so you know how long to stew your brew. πŸ™‚ The waiting on staff were very informative and friendly with their recommendations.

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And the cakes not only look good , they are pretty yummy too. We opted for lemon cake, raspberry and orange cake and the rainbow battenberg.

If tea is not your forte there is also a good selection of coffees and soft drinks and the menu includes sandwiches, soups and stews. On the website it says that herbs from the cathedral gardens are used in the cooking.

Popping in for a brew at Propertea was the perfect start to our day out in Manchester. After that there was lots of retail therapy, ciders at the oyster bar, lunch at the Molly house and cocktails on Canal street. πŸ™‚ Here are a few pics taken in the cathedral grounds before we headed into the city.

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Where do you like to go for a cuppa in Manchester?

A Picnic Afternoon Tea.

My friend Jo hit on a lovely idea to celebrate her birthday. She had heard about a new tearooms that have opened at Holden Clough Nurseries near Bolton By Bowland. And they prepare an Afternoon Tea with a twist !

A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !
A Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea. Yummy !

The Garden Kitchen is a newly built tea rooms that serves delicious locally sourced produce in the heart of the Ribble Valley. As it was a sunny day ( hurrah ! ) we decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and pleasing views of pretty flowering plants and shrubs.

The Birthday Girl ready to  tuck in.
The Birthday Girl ready to tuck in.

The Afternoon Tea is served on a mini Picnic bench which really blends in with the charming ambiance of dining out at the nurseries. There are a selection of dainty finger sandwiches,heavenly homemade quiches and of course some truly decadent and divine cakes and desserts, including cute little cupcakes served in plant pots,ravishing rocky road,exquisite eclairs and strawberry milkshake that you sip from a straw out of a dinky pot wellington boot.

Of course as it was a celebration we opted for glasses of something bubbly too as well as pots of tea. πŸ™‚

Ladies that Lunch.
Ladies that Lunch.

After our leisurely lunch we thought we had all better pretend to be gardeners and peruse the plant section ! To Jo’s delight she found an Azalea shrub with her name on it. A Johanna Azalea ! Unfortunately I did not spy any of my namesake ,the Rose of Sharon. I opted for a Sea Holly instead.

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Sea Holly.

The staff were very friendly and attentive and boxed up our leftovers to take home. We had a lovely afternoon. It was a tremendous treat.:)

More loveliness at Callooh! Callay!:)

I just had to nip into Callooh! Callay! today for a cuppa and a piece of ravishing Rocky Road on the way home from work. Well it was pouring down with rain.What better place to shelter than a quirky tearooms/vintage shop? πŸ™‚

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Old tins.
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Love this dress.
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Flamingoes in the lavatory πŸ˜›
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Look for the bunnys B-)
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Cute annual cover.
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Vintage Brooches.
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Guarding the treasures.
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My yummy rocky road.:-)

Callooh! Callay!Β  is situated on Moor lane in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Drop by for a brew some time.x

This post represents day 28 in the Blog Every Day in May challenge.