We had a Tea Party
And it really was rather special. Familiar faces and impromptu visitors gathered around our late century French dining table, set with loaned crockery, tea lights and anenomes in milk bottles. They sipped speciality teas from our friends over the road at Walker, Austen & Alexander (spearmint and ginger is really nice) and worked their way through the results of a Hambledon team bake-off.
Victoria pulled off an impressive chequerboard chocolate cake (how did she do that?) while Rob introduced us to Weetabix cookies (ingenious!). It was master baker Mercy Webb who triumphed though, with her peanut butter button cookies (thanks to a recipe donated especially for the event by Great British Bake-Off champion, Francis Quinn).
The tea drinking and cake eating was all for a good cause, and we raised £300 for the Haven in Wessex, a specialist centre supporting those affected by breast cancer. All in all, a wonderful testimony to what can be done with the props right under our noses, the support of our lovely customers and a little help from our friends.