A pot-tea place!
What I want from a cafe is a home away from home. A place to go to chat with friends, to linger, and to treat myself and not have to clear up afterwards. I bake well at home, very well, so the cake has got to be better than what I can make, or at least different, to tempt me to pay.
So delight of delights in the new cafe at Stephen Pearce Pottery, which opened this week, which I hope will become a real community hub.
Colleen’s Tea Room at Stephen Pearce Pottery really is a home away from home – if your home has a super-de-dooper coffee machine and you’re a talented American baker. With crayons for the kids, magazines to read, garden flowers on the table, quality ingredients in the baking, comfy chairs, big welcoming wooden tables, and everything served in Stephen Pearce pottery – except the tea pots – Stephen doesn’t “do” teapots! It has a short menu of sweet treats, proper tea and coffee, following my Grandmother Lucy’s motto: simplify, simplify, simplify! No airs and graces, fancy table cloths, or squirty cream noisettes here, just the quality people have come to expect from Stephen Pearce and fair prices.
Giant American cookies (the plain simplicity of their names and appearances doesn’t do justice to the quality of the flavour): choc chip and ginger snaps; granola bars packed with oats, pumpkin seeds, choc chips and moist with peanut butter; and marmalade cupcakes.
Outside a little terrace is under construction for sipping tea in the summer sun under the mature trees. If you’re looking for me at any stage over the summer, you’ll find me there!
If you’re in the locality do stop by and support it. I want it to survive a long time, for purely selfish reasons. I want a local cafe to go to, and the Queen of Puddings might even do a little baking for it some time!