'Despite its less than obvious location, The Hidden Lane Tearoom is often full to bursting, so clearly the secret is out - and what a secret it is. The tearoom is set over two tiny floors decorated in a fashion that is clearly a labour of love. The eclectic furniture and beautiful mismatched vintage crockery adds splashes of pattern and colour to an already vibrant space. The menu is as delightful, with a deli platter on a slate consisting of chorizo and peppered beef, cheeses, red onion marmalade and two teacups brimming with hummus and olives. Every dish shows an eye for presentation and a desire to do things properly - never more so than the high tea. When the vintage cake stand arrives with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, there are cries of 'ooh' and 'aah' and cameras flashing. It's an experience that can't but make you smile. Hot drinks include various teas, a Turkish apple drink and a North Indian spiced drink served with steamed milk. The venue hosts one off gigs and exhibitions and is a hub of the Hidden Lane Festival in June. High tea is a thing of beauty.'
I've only been open for just over a year and am so completely and utterly flattered at this lovely lovely review. Having my own little cafe is everything I hoped it would be and a whole lot more. My customers are lovely. They come once and come again. They bring friends and eat cake. They're patient when it's busy and often everyone ends up chatting to each other. I'm surrounded by fabulous people in the Hidden Lane who bring their own mugs for take away teas and coffees. They're creative and inspiring and we support each other through highs and lows.
So, to all my customers - thankyou for supporting me and making what I do such a pleasure. And to the man from the List - wot you wrote is lovely and I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and I am genuinely most grateful.