Being out of your comfort zone can be a worrying thing. But, as they say ‘Nothing Ventured Nothing gained’. All you really need is good planning and organisational skills, a lot of which I gained in my previous life working for an internet bank.
Some months ago I met up with Sophie Jewett of Little Pretty Things . We had lunch in the garden of a lovely restaurant and discussed doing an event together in York. After being shown around the Brewery Meeting Rooms with it’s secret little doorway on Micklegate, I just knew this was the perfect venue for the Secret Tea Room.
I’d already had a practice run at this with a Secret Road Trip but travelling to York was something a little different. Forget anything, and it’s a long way back to go and collect it.
I packed my best and prettiest china and made sure there was enough for changes of plates and cups. Tea loaves and Guinness loaves were baked in advance ensuring the flavours and moisture were at their best. Endless lists and timetables for shopping days & baking days really do help.
Come the day of the event, I got up early to bake the scones and had 2 of them for breakfast. It’s a deliciously hard life tasting what you bake, but someone has to do it. With the sandwiches freshly made, I packed the car with, hopefully, everything I needed. I checked the last of my lists and found I had nothing missing. The 45 min journey from Leeds to York went smoothly for the cakes and crockery. No damage when I arrived, which was a good sign.
Right on time my guests arrived and we soon got the kettle on for the first of many cups of Leaf teas. On offer were China oolong from Bean and Bud. Earl Grey & Malawi Setemwa for York Coffee Emporium. With the additional Yorkshire Gold Leaf Tea. And coffee El Salvador San Miguel also from York Coffee Emporium.
Everyone enjoyed themselves, including me. When I see all my guests chatting and getting to know each other it makes all the hard work worth while.
My thanks go to all my guests and especially to Sophie and Michelle for their help and support in making my first little road trip the success it was.
This was the menu on offer
The Secret Tea Room
Brewery Meeting Rooms York
2pm – 5pm
Selection of Fresh Finger Sandwiches.
Poached Salmon with Cucumber
Free Range Egg with Mayonnaise & Cress
Ham with Chutney
v. Homemade Houmous with Grated Carrot or Chopped Sweet Red Pepper
Mini Chorizo Tartlets and Mini Cheese Tartlets
Selection of Homemade Cakes
Tea Loaf and Guinness Loaf served with Wensleydale Cheese
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Plain Buttermilk Scones served with Clotted Cream & Homemade Preserve
Selection of Chocolate Pettit Feurs from Little Pretty Things
Selection of Teas
Twinnings Fruit and Green Tea
China Oolong Leaf Tea
Yorkshire Gold Leaf Tea
Earl Grey Leaf Tea
Malawi Setemwa Leaf Tea – a great accompaniment to chocolate cake
El Salvador San Miguel ground coffee