China, linen and proper tea. Pop-up’s how afternoon tea should really be.

Recipe for an afternoon tea

Afternoon tea at the Underground Restaurant

I love afternoon tea. However as you might have noticed from previous posts I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to what I would consider a ‘proper’ tea with my minimum being;

  • Tea made in a pot, really this should be loose leaf, served in cups with saucers.
  • Served with a slice of something freshly baked.
  • Presented on a table with a cloth, napkins and flowers are always nice too.

Now apart from 5 star London hotels, whose main target audience are tourists, who on the high street lays a table for afternoon tea? Who in your town bakes on the premises? where can you get a real pot of tea?

The answer….. Pop-up tearooms.

Since attending my first underground tea at the now very, very, famous ‘Underground Restaurant’ in Kilburn, London, I have been hankering for somewhere closer to home to open. I torment myself by reading the tantalising tweets of @thesecludedtea @mysecrettearoom and @undergroundtea to mention just a few, and wishing somewhere

Happy Cakes

Happy Cakes Deborah & Maria

in Berkshire would open.Well today I got my wish, I got to have a pop-up tea with Maidenheads ‘Happy Cakes’.

Happy Cakes established as a pre-order and delivery service. Baking the kind of cakes you wish you had the time to make and delivering them to your home. Going from strength to strength it is fantastic to see a local business develop and to take on the challenge of a pop-up right on the high street!

Taking over vacant shops Happy Cakes have been running a ‘pop-up shop’ space for crafts people of the area. Wooden crafts, hand made cards and jewellery sit alongside the pop-up tea

Maidenheads pop-ups

Maidenheads pop-ups

room space, both happily enhancing each other to create a friendly community space.

Going back to the tea…. cups and saucers – check, freshly baked cake – check, good tea – check, table clothes, flowers – check, all on the high street! Well that’s pop-ups for you!

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