The Tea Cosy Tea Rooms in Hurstbourne Tarrant, officially opened today (Saturday 24th May 2014) with local celebrity and people’s favourite, Keith Chegwin, having the honour of the ribbon cutting.
As Andover and Villages arrived, the tea rooms were packed with locals and visitors from as far afield as Ludgershall. Cake, tea, in teapots with the most individual and gorgeous cosies, were everywhere to be seen, along with fabulous touches, like miniature milk bottles, that make this tea room something a little bit special.
The Tea Cosy is the vision of Jenni Danks whose husband, Clayton, owns the garage and shop next door. A project that has been a long time coming came to fruition today and Jenni told AaV, “We had a soft opening on Monday and I am overwhelmed by the support and huge amount of custom we have already had.” Jenni went on to say, “We have flowers from the Funky Florist, outside there are plants for sale and a lovely enclosed outside seating area to enjoy your tea and cake in the open. We are also stocking gifts and the selection is growing!” Jenni also told AaV that Beulah’s Attic from Shipton Bellinger visited in the week, bringing a vintage tea set along to use in the tea rooms.
Alan and Pauline from Ludgershall told AaV that the tea and cake were brilliant and were really happy to support the Tea Cosy.
Keith Chegwin entertained the whole time and said, “I am a regular to the garage and shop as I am local and so I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic new local business. The area really needs something like this, because there is nothing in between Hurstbourne and Newbury that offers this service.” Keith went on to say, “Hurstbourne Tarrant has seen some dreadful times over the last few months with the flooding and this is just what they need to lift their spirits. I wish Jenni, Clayton and their family every success.” AaV asked Keith if he would be using the Tea Rooms, he said ‘YES! I just saw the breakfast menu, try keeping me away!”
Everyone congregated outside of the shop for the official ribbon cutting and Keith spoke to the crowds, saying, “It is a real pleasure to be here today. These guys have worked their socks off to get The Tea Cosy up and running for today and it looks great. Of course at certain points of the year, you will be able to have a cup of tea and watch a river running down the road!” Everyone laughed as Keith went on, “We really need something like this and I wish the Tea Cosy every success for the future!”
Keith then encouraged everyone to get into the picture, which was no mean feat because of the huge attendance. Afterwards, everyone went inside and it was literally heaving with people trying to get cake and tea!
Please do visit the Tea Cosy in Hurstbourne Tarrant. The small touches make it one of the nicest places to have a cup of tea and something to eat. Lady Does Lunch will be visiting soon to give you the low down!
Open 8.30-5pm every day!