In the past year both cafes have closed down, and as our choices were now limited to places that sold either instant nescafe (that I won't drink) or a mug of PG Tips (which I will but I'm not paying 2 quid for it) our cafe visiting has been greatly limited.
To be honest, I never expected another decent place to get a cuppa to open in the town where I live. So today, walking back into town from the sorting office - it's a glamorous life I lead - I was ridiculously excited to discover we have a proper brand spanking new tearoom. And this is my review of it.
Sweet Little Things actually opened a week ago, and seems to be a bit of a hit in the town. Today it was pretty full, although we managed to get a table for four near the window where we could easily see the big drinks menu on the wall.
The style is a lovely, well thought out blend of modern and vintage. The walls are clean white, the crockery is vintage tea party. There's a piano (although no one was ivory tickling today), the tables are a good size. Very pleasant environment indeed.
The staff were great, and our order was delivered pretty darn quickly to say how busy it was.
The loose leaf tea is provided by the Brew Tea Co. I had a Masala Chai, and I have to say it was lovely. A bit like a cross between Mulled wine and a spiced cake, in tea form. Having never tried a chai before I will definitely be having it again.
I didn't partake in the cake today (yes, I know, I'm a fool) but as far as I can make out from my limited online searching the business has grown out of a cupcake baking business that the owner runs. And you can see they know what they're doing. It seems that there is constant baking going on, my wife saw cookies being taken out freshly baked. I will return, and I will gain weight :)
All in all, a great addition to our town, and for a man who despaired of ever having anywhere to even get a decent cup of PG at a decent price, to get a proper tea room selling proper tea - well, I think you can tell I'm quite happy.