A SHEFFIELD tearoom that first popped up in the pavilion at Meersbrook Park is now to get a permanent home.
Jo Hardiman opened up Honey Pie Tearoom at the park on a series of Sundays this summer in order to test out the idea.
She was so encouraged by the positive response that she has just signed a lease for the former Palkee restaurant premises around the corner on Chesterfield Road and is now organising a refit with the aim to open by the end of the month.
Jo, who lives locally, has just given up her job as a parent support advisor, working for Sheffield City Council. She said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, proper afternoon teas.
“I want to create somewhere people can come for a chat with proper china and stuff so they can take time out and make a proper occasion of it, rather than just getting a paper cup and running off.
“I’ve been interested in cooking that type of food since I used to go to WI as a child with my grandma.
“I just wanted to try it out, see what local people thought about it, so I hired out the pavilion on four Sundays.”
She decked the place in bunting and flowers and put on elaborate cake displays found that she had a hit on her hands.
Jo is going to offer light breakfasts and lunches, with teas served from 2pm. There will be home-made cakes and scones or diners can go for the full afternoon tea – with Champagne if they order in advance. Later on there are plans for special evening events with entertainment.
She is aiming to source as many ingredients as possible locally, including bread from Cat Lane Bakery in Heeley and Cafeology coffee from the Woodseats firm.
The look will be 1940s and 50s retro.