Take tea with new mobile and pop-up business, More tea, Vicar?
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Tea, cakes and dainty sandwiches may conjure up memories of an England past – but one woman could make this delightful image a reality with her new venture.
Former journalist Anne Gillion has begun a south Norfolk-based mobile and pop-up vintage afternoon tea party service. More tea, Vicar? will arrive at a party venue and set up a full afternoon tea, served on fine china and glassware, complete with cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, scones, jam and cream – as well as organic teas and coffee.
Hosts don't have to lift a finger – apart from their little finger – and just need to provide tables, chairs and, of course, guests.
'I felt freelance avenues were drying up and I used to bake to forget about work so I thought why not bake as work,' she said.
'The cost of setting up a tearoom in this climate is pretty steep and if it goes wrong you really are left with a huge bill at the end, so this made sense.' While Mrs Gillion, 57, of Meadow Close, Great Moulton, who gave up her full-time role as a sub-editor in 2009, is still open to freelance work, she is now hoping to make More tea, Vicar? a full-time success and believes the venture could fit almost any occasion, from hen parties to birthdays and even funerals.
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Produce is locally sourced wherever possible, which includes Norfolk Dapple cheese, cakes made from free range eggs from Mrs Gillion's neighbours' hens, and elderflower and walnuts from her own garden.
'I'm loving it because I love baking. The rest of the business I'm learning and it's not something that comes naturally but I'll get there.
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'It's a lovely feeling to be your own boss and work at your own pace and to go off on tangents. I feel like my heart is much more in this venture but I still like to do a bit of writing,' she said.
More tea, Vicar? will make its first public appearance this Sunday at The Boho on St Benedict's Street, Norwich, from noon until 5pm.
Full afternoon teas will be served at £10 per head – and coffee and cake will also be available. It is hoped this will become a regular Sunday event.
More tea, Vicar? parties start from £10 per person and include food, tea, coffee, china, cutlery and table linen.
For more information visit www.more-tea-vicar.me.uk