Since opening my Underground Tea Room in June this year, I’ve had many emails from hosts asking for advise. I do my best to reply with as much information as possible. Here are a few ideas of how to get started with a
Secret Tea Room
Try …………….and read msmarmitlover’s blog ‘The English Can Cook‘ A pioneer of the UK Underground Restaurant movement. Here you will get an in site into the many Underground Restaurant events that she holds and the themes and recipes that have been offered over this last 18 months.
Establish …….a menu, with a suggested donation and a description of what your Underground TeaRoom event is going to be like, ie Miss-matched china, sitting with strangers etc.
An.…………….. invite to your friends for the first event (see my first event with friends here) is a great way to get things going.
Remove ………unnecessary furniture and lay the table/s the day before leaving it covered overnight ready for your lovely sandwiches and cakes.
One……………. area you need to pay attention to is the toilet/bathroom. Make sure it’s as clean as it can be. No-one wants to wash their hands or pay it a visit knowing that they come out feeling that you don’t care about their health. Instead of a single towel, I leave a few dozen small white face cloths folded up by the sink, which guests then place in a bin after use. These can go straight into the wash at the end of the day.
Obtaining…….. a certificate in Food Hygiene, registering your kitchen and taking out public liability insurance, is something else you should consider.
Most……………. important. Get help on the day, this will give you the chance to chat to your guests and give you time to sit with them.
It’s hard work, but it can be great fun. Good Luck