The Wandering Teapot


On the 19th, 20th and 21st July 2012 the Vanilla Pod Bakery and Hetty's Tea Party joined forces to create The Wandering Teapot, Gloucestershire's first travelling pop-up tearooms at the Gloucester Quays annual Food Festival. 

Dressed in 1950's inspired clothes with cute headbands and pretty white aprons the Wandering Teapot staff opened the doors to the first ever pop up tearooms at the Gloucester Quays Food Festival on the Friday at 10am.  We wanted to create a fabulous afternoon tea experience for our customers, that not only delighted the taste buds but the visual senses as well. Located under a cute cow shed, we dressed the tearooms with lovely pastel coloured vintage dressers, fab pieces of kitchenalia, white tables and chairs with hessian table clothes, beautiful floral centre pieces, streams of bunting, a hay bale barrier and of course lots of fantastic vintage china. 

Family Tea at The Wandering Teapot - selection of cakes with dainty sandwiches

The Wandering Teapot open of business

Image: All in the Image - The teapot staff and selection of afternoon teas

Customers were treated to a wide choice of afternoon teas with the most popular being the traditional cream tea (scones with clotted cream & jam and a cup of tea) and a slice of cake with a cup of tea. The cakes were all hand baked by the Vanilla Pod Bakery (triple chocolate brownies, gorgeous layer cakes and little cupcakes) and Hetty's Tea Party (delicious scones with clotted cream and Jam, mouth-watering custard tarts and delightful meringues). 

Busy afternoon in the tearooms
 We were so chuffed with what we had achieved and it was was so lovely to hear all the wonderful comments. We even got to meet a few celebrities!  

Image: Sue Cato - TV Chef James Martin with Henrietta Kitt and Pia Cato

Image: All in the Image - TV chef Gino D'Acampo with Phoebe Rooley and Katie Evans

Image: Sue Cato - TV's Fabulous Baker Brothers with the Wandering Teapot Girls

If you came to the tearooms we hope you had a fantastic experience and we look forward to welcoming you at next pop up tearooms. 

We would also like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of our sponsors and staff, without you the Wandering Teapot would not have been possible:

For the amazing china and cutlery 

For the fantastic furniture and kitchenalia

For the wonderful tea which is locally packed

For the fantastic center pieces and floral displays 

For the lovely straw bales 

Not forgetting, Tessa Galloway for the brilliant flyer design, Della for the Wandering Teapot banner, Over Farm for the delicious strawberries, Cottewold Dairy for the milk bottles, The Gloucester Quays and Great Taste Markets for having faith in us and of course our absolutly amazing staff who all volunteered their time over the weekend – Thank you so so so much.

Best wishes,

In the Press!

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