Vintage appeal of afternoon tea

Victoria Almarresh and one of her Vintagerose tea parties
Victoria Almarresh and one of her Vintagerose tea parties

ELEGANT tea parties and old-fashioned picnics have always been a favourite treat for Victoria Almarresh.

Now she is recreating them for others, combining her twin loves of cooking and antiques in her new company, Vintage Rose Catering.

Victoria, who runs the business from her Sheffield home, specialises in serving up a taste of the past with her bespoke picnics, soirées and buffets delivered to homes all over the area.

“I have a passion for creating dishes and menus for special occasions with vintage style,” she says. “It all started about ten years ago when I began having parties at home for the Macmillan cancer charity’s annual coffee morning.”

“I would save up unwanted presents to raffle off and serve afternoon tea with my home-made cakes and petit fours. They created quite a stir, raising over £100 for the charity.”

She also began collecting vintage china and accessories, which gave her the idea for Vintage Rose.

In addition to laying on the food for events – all delivered in wicker baskets – she supplies all the china, rugs and other accessories too.

“It’s perfect for a romantic engagement or a proposal by a river. We can deliver and set it all up,” she says.

With an extensive menu, they also cater for buffets, garden parties and special events: “We love to plan and design a theme around any occasion.”

Victoria, who specialises in good quality local produce, has already joined forces with Sheffield-based Tea Box and Busters Coffee and is keen to hear from other local producers.

The Vintage Rose website went live this week: go to www.vintagerosecatering.com

Lesley Draper