This is a VERY belated posting – the last six months has been extremely busy keeping up with the day job, taking holidays and launching Chez Shamwari. However, better late than never …

It was with great excitement and anticipation that I arrived at My Secret Tea Room on 24 July for afternoon tea. I have ‘The Bakelady’ to attribute finally launching myself into the world of secret tea rooms following her debut on Woman’s Hour earlier this year in May.

I was accompanied by a friend of mine – my treat to her for her birthday – and what a fitting occasion it was.

We were greeted with the warmest welcome and offered a sumptuous tea of sandwiches and savoury tarts along with mini lemon tarts, strawberry layer cake & buttermilk scones (with the mandatory jam & clotted cream).

The spread on offer was all delicious and beautifully prepared and was nicely complemented with Darjeeling tea (from Bean & Bud in Harrogate). It was wonderfully refreshing.

Here’s a copy of the menu (© Lynn Hill):

There were two tables for guests; one larger one taking 8 people in the kitchen and a smaller one taking 4 set in the front room. Our table of 4 was full of interesting conversation and it even turned out that my birthday friend was soon to deliver a professional course to one of the other attendees – what a coincidence is that!

Lynn was the perfect hostess and even found the time to explain to me the finer details and practicalities of loose leaf tea! She has been extremely supportive of all the secret supper clubs and tea rooms springing up and was kind enough to allow me to promote Chez Shamwari to her guests which resulted in some bookings for me (thanks Lynn!).

2012 dates for My Secret Tea Room have just been published which can be seen here. Even if you aren’t into New Year resolutions, promise yourself one objective this year … get yourself along to this hidden treasure; I reckon it won’t be a secret for much longer!