Our tea-riffic idea ...

The team at 'Truly Scrumptious', Chapel Street Court, Poulton.  L-R Emma Reading, Rachel Hogarth, Jo Fenwick and Nikki Kelly.
The team at 'Truly Scrumptious', Chapel Street Court, Poulton. L-R Emma Reading, Rachel Hogarth, Jo Fenwick and Nikki Kelly.
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THIS group of friends love nothing better than to get together over a nice cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake.

So much so, they made it their business.

Jo Fenwick, Emma Reading and Rachel Hogarth all met when working together as florists, and decided they wanted to start up their own venture.

And they realised their dream of setting up their own old-fashioned tearooms in Poulton in October.

Now the trio are hoping Truly Scrumptious, on Chapel Street Court, can forge links with the local community – including schools and libraries – for arts and crafts workshops.

Jo, from St Annes, who is mum to 11-month-old Noah, said: “The three of us had always dreamed of running our own business, and doing something creative.

“So we got together after meeting when we all worked together and decided this would be a nice idea. We all love arts and crafts and we all like baking.

“It’s an old-fashioned tearoom, with proper leaf tea, home-made cakes, simple sandwiches.

“We play old-fashioned music and the tearoom has that nostalgic feel.

“It’s nice for people to come and sit down – as we all lead such busy, modern lives – and get away from it all a bit, enjoy a slice of cake, have a chat and have a nice cup of tea.

“There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea.

“We get a good range of customers – from young mums with their babies, to older people, and all ages in between.

“Word seems to have spread, and the business has built up.

“The working pattern suits us too. Emma and I have children, so it’s easier to work around them.”

Because all three ladies have an interest in art, they are displaying the work of local artists in the tearoom and carried out the transformation of the inside of the building – formerly a hairdresser’s – themselves, doing all the decorating and choosing the finishing touches, like the tablecloths.

Jo, 28, said: “We are really keen to develop the arts and crafts side of things too.

“We want to make the tearoom a real community-based place, working on arts projects with local libraries and schools.

“We’ve also just started doing kids’ parties, with arts and crafts sessions.

“I am passionate about youngsters doing something creative.”