Tea & Cake Journey Day 4 -The Secret Tea Cup

A trip to the Yorkshire Dales was on the cards for this little adventure and after nearly a 2hr journey from home we arrived at a remote Farm House on the edge of the Dales. It was a lovely scenic drive to The Secret Tea Cup and well worth the journey.

Rachelle, an avid craft sewer since the age of 8, and her family haven’t lived very long in this wonderful very old 1729 Farm House, yet it was fitting, I think, for an Underground Tea Room.

With evidence of her Crockery Collection and  Craft work every where, including our Napkins, often made from Vintage fabric, we sat at one of two large tables by this wonderful old stone fireplace.

With a lovely menu of Sandwiches and Cake assortments along with a lovely selection of teas to accompany them, we began with a refreshing St Clements drink make by Rachelle. It was lovely to see guests at the table from one of my own Afternoon Teas. I often don’t get time to chat much to my guests so it was really nice to see them again.

Very Berry Layer Cake – part of our Five a day.

Lovely individual Summer Triffles

Rachelle serving us the Very Berry Layer Cake in front of the 1729 stone fireplace.

Mini Bakewell Tarts with one of a selection of Rachelle’s Teas

Hot from my Tea Masterclass I loved the way Rachelle brewed her Tea. I chose a Darjeeling tea and loved the way the leaves were brewed, then removed from the tea pot to prevent over brewing. This tea was really nice and I persuaded the guest next to me to try it without milk. Later Rachelle recommended a Russian Caravan Tea (Smoked Lapsang Shousong) to aid with the fullness we were beginning to feel by this time.

Before we left, we were given the option of choosing a tea sample from the Tea Experience in Doncaster and I chose Chinese Sencha – Green Tea, which I made 2 brewing’s from this morning. It was lovely.

My thanks go to Rachelle and her sister for all their hard work.


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