Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely town I’ve lived close to my whole life, and it happens to lie half-way between where I go to university & where I now live. So when I was there with my mum the other day, and we stumbled across this fabulous 1940s tea-room, I just had to take Seb there for a day-trip! This cafe has taken the idea of a “theme” to the extreme… the decor, the music, the furniture, the teacups & pots, the music, even the floral outfits & head turbans of the staff simply couldn’t have been more 1940s! And the effect of this atmosphere was obvious… when I went back with Seb we actually had to queue to get a seat.
On the menu, which is fashioned as a “Ration Book”, you can buy everything from bacon sarnies, cucumber sandwiches, and an afternoon tea & cakes tray served on a beautiful cake stand. I was rather envious of these… but equally they were friendly to us penniless students, and let us share a pot of tea, and a plate of sandwiches between us. Well after all, it was rather in the spirit of wartime thriftiness!
We also came across this spectacular invention, which apparently dates back to the 1930s… a sugar pot, with a lid combined with sugar tongs to make a sugar-grabber! Seb & I thought this was fantastic, so we took a little video of Seb talking about it, and I’m thinking of starting a “Tea & history with Seb” feature on here! I’ll post the pilot episode tomorrow, depending on the sound quality.
In the meantime, if you want to find this cafe, look here…