This week is Afternoon Tea Week. In the past we haven’t paid a great deal of attention to these days/weeks/months (apparently I am writing this on National Prosecco Day) as we’ve seen them as a bit of commercialism, not to be taken seriously.
At recent Yellow Comedy Nights however, we’ve been amused as Andrew has highlighted these special days, and realised that perhaps they do have a place. If you’re watching your weight and avoiding a guilty pleasure then perhaps, possibly, it’s okay to indulge that passion on a day named after it. Pork Pie anyone?!
There is also an opportunity to build some momentum and a sense of community around these days, so we’ve decided to throw ourselves into Afternoon Tea Week with enthusiasm and aplomb! Already we’ve kick started things with a competition asking people who they’d most like to take tea with. The awesome author Sue Hampton very kindly agreed to judge this for us and did so to overwhelming approval.
Everyone who entered is invited to The Kitchen for a mini cupcake on us during Afternoon Tea Week. The winner has tea for two to look forward to, and the runners up enjoy a cuppa and cake on us this week. So we are hoping to be busy!
On top of that however we’re running another competition that requires you to pop in for an entry form. If you think you know The Savoy from Sopwell, The Waldorf from The Wolseley, and The Ritz from your local garden centre … this is your chance to show off your knowledge of the best tearooms in the country. The prize – of course – is Afternoon Tea for two so well worth having a go. All correct entries will go into the draw to win.
Meanwhile – and this is the big one – we’re inviting all our newsletter subscribers to book Afternoon Tea for two for the discounted price of just £22.00. This matches the Groupon offer which is currently sold out. There is some small print however….
Please understand we can only accept one of these special prices per booking. So if there are six of you – two places are at the discounted price and four at full price. We suggest totalling the cost of the booking and dividing it so everyone still gets a great deal…
We have to charge a small supplement for dietary requirements. We held off from doing so for a looooong time and we still feel we need to explain why this is so…
Baking for Afternoon Teas takes time – if we have forty teas at the weekend that means 160 slices of cake, 80 scones and 60 rounds of sandwiches. When this work is finished we must wash down and make fresh sandwiches using Gluten Free bread. The scones also have to be made fresh and using a different recipe. But it’s when we get to the cakes that things get complicated! We offer four varieties of cake with our Afternoon Tea which means a lot of additional baking. Factor in Vegan requirements – no eggs and no dairy – and vegans who don’t eat soya – then it gets complicated. Whilst all of this is going on we’re also juggling vegetarians, those who don’t like mustard, people who don’t eat eggs and – very seriously – nut allergies.
We’re a small business and currently bake everything on the premises. However we may need to reconsider this as the workload becomes unsustainable. For now however we’re opting for a small supplement to try and offset some of the extra costs associated with managing these dietary requirements and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
During Afternoon Tea Week we will have some other events taking place. Link4Growth are holding a Coffee Morning on Tuesday and if you’re interested in Health and Wellbeing don’t miss Wednesday evening’s event. Cake Club this week will be tackling scones and Toddler Time will decorate Gingerbread People as well as Fairy Cakes. Storytelling won’t have Sue Hampton’s presence but we’re inviting you to read to each other. And do Come and Colour on Friday afternoon – our magic pencil sharpener is proving as popular as the colouring books!
Looking further ahead we have singing to look forward to with a visit from Princess Elsa. There’s also a Summer Sizzlers evening with music, a licensed bar, and a light supper. We have Dial Up evenings and Yellow Comedy Nights in the diary and just need you and your support to make them all a huge success.
Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon!