Lyons-Style Tea Houses to take on the Coffee Shops
The first Cadbury Cocoa House
Photo not too clear as I took it with my mobile phone
In a world full of Starbucks and Costa etc., it I not so easy to get a cream tea with a good choice of teas on the high streets as coffee shops abound in our towns these days. Most good tea rooms are in the countryside and villages.
I well remember in the days before England was inundated with American coffee shops, most cities had a Lyons Corner House. These were tea shops and the first was opened in Piccadilly in 1894 and the first Corner House in 1909. They went into decline in the 1950’s with the arrival of the less formal coffee shops.
Now a group of entrepreneurs are taking a step back in time to the pre-war days of the Tea House. This time it is the Cadbury Cocoa House and here we see the first one at the Bluewater shopping mall.
The theme has echoes of the stylish Lyons Corner Houses, with their uniformed waitresses serving up finger sandwiches and pastries on a silver stand.
As well as classic British dishes, the restaurants will offer a ‘Ritz-style’ tea for two, including a selection of finger sandwiches such as cucumber, cream cheese and smoked salmon. These come with freshly baked scones together with a selection of pastries and Twinings tea. The outlets will feature furniture and accessories sourced from British craftsmen including chandeliers.
This is not the Cadburys cocoa House
we opted instead for cup cakes at another outlet this time
Grandson Oliver's first day at school
Hard for me to imagine four and a half already
And for the many who asked about the difference between Jams and Preserves
Anything can be preserved, it does not have to be Jam
As far as Jam is concerned there are two kinds
Jam has water added
and then there are Conserves which are just fruit and sugar