#Ladies that Lunch – Vintage Tea Rooms

A couple of weeks ago I stated that ‘Ladies that lunch’ would be a weekly feature…Every Friday or thereabouts.

The words me and my big mouth spring to mind… Fail!

A funeral put pay to last weeks venture and my partner in crime unfortunately wasn’t available.

The previous week I had to cancel and dash across town on a mercy mission to help my friend sort out some flights.

You know I mentioned that we are going to Marbella in June?

Well we almost weren’t…

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Champagne Afternoon Tea – Harvey Nix, Leeds

I was lucky enough to be invited out for Afternoon Tea last Saturday. The venue, Harvey Nichols in Leeds.

I had been to their restaurant and bar a few times previously but never experienced their Afternoon Tea. My friend, Karen had reached the ripe old young age of 50 on New Year’s Eve and one of her pressies included a voucher for Champagne Afternoon Tea for two. She took me 🙂

I would definitely advise booking as it does get rather busy, especially on a Saturday afternoon, pay day week!

Once seated in the bar area, we were quickly served with our glasses of champagne, which were much needed after the previous couple of hours shopping. The Fourth Floor Cafe & Bar has a buzzing, cosmopolitan atmosphere and is a great people watching spot!

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Oil Can Cafe @ The Carding Shed

IMG_5131On Saturday, on the recommendation of a mutual friend, we headed to The Carding Shed at Hepworth. Situated in an old mill it’s fairly easy to find. Saying that we got lost a few times, ending up sat in a few ‘dead end courtyards’ and scaring a man half to death in the process. He was having a cheeky wee behind a car, not expecting to see anybody I dare doubt! Then we ‘whizz’ up, like bloody Starsky and Hutch! We would have asked him for directions but … he had his hands full! The Carding Shed is an amazing place, with high ceilings and lots of natural light and much needed heating. An airy, open space consisting of several boutiques, a selection of vintage cars which you can happily walk around and peruse, and the Oil Can Cafe. We decided to eat straight away in the cafe. One of us was hungover and suffering slightly. Both of us were hungry. cardddd IMG_5132 IMG_5134 Continue reading

Traceys Catchup …Afternoon Tea and the Magician

I bounded into December with a swing in my step, excitable and looking forward to the month that lie ahead… only to be struck down with the dreaded lurg 5 days in!

Lack lustre, snotty, very much death warmed up, after nights of no sleep and with the tendency to have a coughing fit at-least twice a day. I coughed so hard I pulled a muscle in my stomach. Not the ideal way to start my birthday month and Christmas build-up.

I eventually resorted to the doctors last Friday who gave me a weeks course of anti-biotics to fix my chest infection. 3 days in and I’m feeling much better!

I watched my first Christmas movie of the year yesterday  ‘Deck the Halls’ I shed a little tear and got that warm fuzzy feeling inside. I wrote some Christmas cards and I’m drinking Baileys 24/7 – to be honest this has been the case all month even when I felt rubbish.

I’ve definitely got my Christmas mojo back!

Last night a few of us met up at Eten Cafe, York Street in Sheffield for Afternoon Tea with added fizz.

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Cheer up Tea at Jameson’s … because cake makes everything better !

It started out as any Friday morning does? Your sat watching Insidious with the fella. He loves a good horror and insists I watch them with him . I see a sleepless weekend  ahead for me.

I found out yesterday that my lovely friend Sue had lost her job through redundancy. I messaged her to call me if she fancied meeting up today, I was after-all free having had my hours reduced to just 2 days a week! Right on queue ( I was hid shrieking behind a cushion at the time) she rang. Phew. I made my quick escape, leaving D with his demons!

Looking especially lovely … dressed like a baglady, with a slightly red face from my 4th derma roll on Wednesday evening I made the short journey across town to Sue’s. Following a big ‘you’ll be o.k’ hug we were making our way to Jamesons Cafe and Tea rooms, on Abbeydale Road. We figured that when the chips were down – cake was the answer.

Abbeydale Road is a hive of multi -cultural  shops and bang in the middle of it all sits this quaint little tea shop. We managed to find a table for 2, it was extremely busy, and plonked ourselves down.

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