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Afternoon Tea at King Street Town House ~ Manchester.

Manchester’s trees decorated for Halloween.

Can there be no more decadent birthday celebration than Afternoon Tea? We were spoilt for choice in Manchester recently when exploring options in the city. Eight friends enjoyed a little shopping and cocktails followed by afternoon tea at King Street Town House on Booth Street.

King Street Town House is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance building, originally the Manchester Salford Trustees Bank. Today it is a rather posh city centre hotel, famed for its seventh floor infinity pool and private wine cellar dining.

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Our own private dining room.
Afternoon Tea was served on a three tier silver cake stand.

On arrival we were escorted to our own private dining room, one of the resident wine cellars I believe. The ambience was candle lit and cosy , it was certainly a nice touch to inhabit a dining area exclusive to ourselves. Although at times we did feel a little forgotten about by the otherwise attentive staff.

We all opted for the Traditional Afternoon Tea which consists of a sumptuous selection of finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and desserts, and of course the obligitary home baked scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. I loved how the goodies were decorated with edible flowers and cute Cape gooseberries.

There was a choice of teas and coffees to drink with free refills and out came the mismatched vintage China. Although I don’t make teacup candles anymore, I still love the ritual of drinking tea from a proper teacup. 🙂

Mismatched crockery.
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A veggie afternoon tea for one.
Look at those goodies!
The Birthday Girl. 🍰

The King Street Townhouse Afternoon Tea is perfect for celebrations. A delectable tea time treat. 😁

Thanks to Ailyn, Louise and Sarah for their photo contributions. 🙂

Spotted in Grange-over-sands.

Whilst camping in nearby Silverdale , we visited one of my favourite Seaside towns, the charming resort of Grange-Over-Sands. Grange is situated on the southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula and looks out over Morecambe Bay. Salt Marsh meadows reach out towards the sea and mountains rise majestically on the horizon. The town itself was built in 1894 and retains an Edwardian feel. It’s a quiet less touristy area of the Lake District, yet is only 7 miles  from Windermere. Here are a few things I spotted on our visit. 🙂

Stripey Geese. Grange has some attractive Ornamental Gardens that feature a large pond , where quite an array of water birds from all over the world  reside. My favourites are these Bar Headed Geese with their striking black and white markings. They are apparently one of the world’s highest flying birds , their winter migration from Central Asia to South Asia being one of the most arduous routes ever. But I think these handsome guys just enjoy hanging out in lovely Grange-Over-Sands.

Look!  A Lido!  The town has a Lido. Unfortunately it seems to have been abandoned . 😦  Obviously I couldn’t really get any great photographs without breaking and entering, so I just had to peer through the wire fence. The lido was built in the 1930s and has amazing views over the bay. Wouldn’t it be great if it could be restored to it’s former glory!  Here’s an article I found with some better pictures. 12 Abandoned Lidos. I have ‘swimming in a Lido’ on my Bucket List  . Maybe this could be the one.:)

Promenade Colours.  Grange-over-sands pretty prom is  charmingly colourful,due to its glorious promenade gardens. There’s nothing quite as lovely as eyeing  beautiful blooms on one side of you and sea views on the other,as you amble along the Promenade. I especially liked the stunning pink flowers of the ‘Valerian’ a coastal garden escape,with a name straight from a ‘Game of Thrones episode’.;)

Wildlife House. We spotted this very elaborate home for wildlife just across from the train station in Grange. It seems to provide shelter for just about every insect and bug going and at the bottom there is even a room for a hedgehog. Not sure who was in residence. I liked the wooden butterfly. 🙂

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Giant Plastic Windmills.  I love love love colourful plastic windmills. So I was delighted in a jumping up and down kind of way, when I spied these beauties outside ‘the Curiosity Shop’ on the Main Street. Of course I had to buy one.I’ve planted the polka dot blue windmill in my garden.So much easier to look after than flowers.;)

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Tea Tree. The Hazelmere  cafe,shop & bakery on Yewbarrow Terrace is definitely worth a visit, if only to purchase some delicious homemade bread or maybe a tea related gift, of which there is an abundant selection. I loved this Tree of tea!  I bought an elegant tea strainer and some rosebud tea from here for my June Foodie Penpal. Foodie Penpals has officially stopped now but if any readers ever fancy doing a food parcel swap, let me know. 🙂

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Grange-over-sands , I’m sure has plenty more surprises up its genteel Edwardian sleeve. Why not visit next time you are on the Cumbrian coast….


Sea Air ~ Robin Hoods Bay.

So continuing my exploration of the Yorkshire Coast.  Robin Hoods Bay is five miles south of Whitby. Houses tumble down the cliffs and the sound of Sea Gulls  punchuate the peace on a Wednesday afternoon in November. We decide on a brisk walk on the beach, a wander round the village and a strong black coffee in a tiny tea room called Tea, Toast and Post.

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This picturesque  fishing village  was once the busiest smuggling community on the Yorkshire Coast. In the Eighteenth Century the Bay’s women folk were apparently known to have thrown  scorching water over excise men from their bedroom windows in the narrow cobbled alleyways. Visitors today are more likely to be donning walking boots than catching smugglers. The ‘Cleveland Way’ and the ‘Coast to Coast’ pass through the village.

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It is not clear about why the settlement is called ‘Robin Hood’s Bay’ as there is no evidence to suggest that Robin and his band of merry men ever resided here. More likely the name came from local legends. An ancient forest sprite was also called Robin hood , so maybe the name does derive from forest folklore.

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We enjoy walking on the beach. Hugo finds a friend!  The coastline here is full of wildlife. It is a wee bit to cold to linger round the rock pools ( should have worn my new winter coat!) or hunt for fossils. We need to return someday and scour the sand for fossilized monkey puzzle tree….or Whitby Jet to you and me.

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Thank goodness for this cute little cafe , Tea, Toast and Post which proves a great little place for a snack. Like its name suggests, hot and cold drinks,toasties and a host of pillar box paraphernalia. Hugo is even given a couple of  biscuits by the friendly owner.

Thanks for joining me on my whistle stop tour of the Yorkshire coast.

What is your favorite seaside destination?




Teacup Winner :)

I recently posted a ‘Teacup Giveaway’ to celebrate my blogs 2nd Birthday.

Thanks for all my blogging birthday wishes and to everyone who entered my giveaway. :))

I’ve just got back from lovely Paris ( ooh la la ) so will be posting about my trip very soon.  ❤

Sacre Couer ~ Paris

Meanwhile  I  put all the entries into a teacup and got my other half to draw the winner. 🙂


And the winner will soon be sipping their Earl Grey ( or whichever is their fave tea/tipple) from this delightful duo……..

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The winner is ………….. Emmy , who blogs over at Emily’s Vintage World.

Congratulations!  Emmy please email me your postal address to shazzarob@hotmail.co.uk

Propertea in Manchester. :)

A rare treat on Saturday !  I got to spend the whole day with two of my besties. 🙂  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. 🙂

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I had done a little research ( only a bit 😉 ) 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. 🙂

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So before we hit the shops ( and strawberry woo woos 😉 ) 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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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 Christmas Picnic Bench Afternoon Tea.

The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.
The Garden Kitchen at Holden Clough Nursery.

I’m feeling very festive. Three of us had a sublime Christmas Picnic at The Garden Kitchen over the weekend. Scrummy scrumptious Afternoon Tea served on a miniature picnic bench. My wonderful work colleagues clubbed together to get me some vouchers for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to book a table. I actually came here in the summer for my friend Jo’s birthday too ( you can read about it here) so I knew we would be in for a treat. 🙂

Our Christmas Picnic.
Our Christmas Picnic.

The Picnic bench came brimming with goodies including festive canapes ( the mini beef yorkshire pud was delish), mini gingerbread men, mincemeat crumble, chocolate Christmas tree crumble and millionaires shortbread.

Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.
Me and Sis enjoying our picnic.

Where else can you sip mulled wine out of a wellie boot but the Garden Kitchen. 🙂

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Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. :)
Mulled Wine served in a wellie boot. 🙂

The Christmas Picnic Afternoon tea is £19-95 per person and along with the festive food you are served house tea or filter coffee and a glass of bubbly prosecco.

Cute Christmas Display.
Cute Christmas Display.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.
You can buy your own glass wellie boot to take home as a momento.

The Garden Kitchen is a fantastic place to go for a catch up over a fun and quirky Afternoon Tea .There is also a Christmas Menu avaliable through December. I’m certainly tempted to go again!

Tea Cocktail Party

It was a friends 30th birthday recently and she decided to celebrate by holding an Afternoon tea style party ….. with a twist : )
Of course there was the usual sumptuous sandwiches cut into triangles, sweet and savoury scones, delicious home made cakes and a cakestand full of yummy cupcakes.

What a spread !

She decorated the house with lovely cath kidston style bunting and she borrowed some beautiful vintage teacups to serve the tea in as well as several teapots.Much to everyone’s delight the tea was actually iced tea cocktails! I had lent her ‘The Vintage Tea Party book’ by Angel Adoree which is packed full of fun ideas on how to create your own Vintage Tea Party.

My favourite tea tipple was ‘The Green Tea & Pear Cocktail’.It is light, refreshing and really delicous. Warning! It is quite lethal! Other heavenly cocktails in the book include ‘Teana Colada’,Tea Tini and Tea-Quila Sunrise.: )

Getting tipsy off Green tea and pear cocktails

Why not put on your tea dress and have a Tea cocktail party yourself!

Tearoom treasures : Callooh! Callay!

One of my all time fave things is discovering a lovely tea room ,especially one that uses vintage teacups saucers.Bliss : )image

If your ever in the town of Clitheroe in the Ribble valley then do bob into Callooh Callayhttp://www.callooh-callay.co.uk
on Moor lane.Its an Alice In Wonderland inspired tearooms with a quirky curiousity shop upstairs. And a teapot of specially blended tea and a yummy cupcake is only £3.Perfection!ImageImage

Pretty Vintage Clothes in the shop upstairs.

I love this lapwing 🙂

Just Delightful.