A Fylde landmark is offering a chance for people to put their feet up and enjoy a slice of relaxation.
Bosses at Lytham Hall hope their new tea room – open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, between 10.30am and 4.30pm – will provide an oasis of calm in the centre of the town.
New manager Jenny Neill is hoping a range of tempting home-made treats will entice people in through the doors.
The Georgian hall, steeped in history, is in the process of a £5.9m restoration project.
And it is hoped the tea room – manned by volunteers – will help increase the listed building’s income.
Jenny, who has a background in retail and catering and formerly worked in the restaurant business, is aiming to creative a home-made feel to the tea room with traditional recipes.
On the menu are teas and coffees, home-made cakes, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, home-made soup and home-made treats – including bread and butter pudding.
Jenny said: “The menu will be seasonal, and we will be adding dishes as the autumn comes and the weather gets colder, like home-made hot-pot, pasties and so on.
“We hope to create a special of the day – so, for example, Wednesday would be pasty day.
“Nearer Christmas, we’re hoping to bring in a festive menu too – home-made mince pies, baguettes with turkey and sausage stuffing, home-made parsnip soup, mulled wine and so on.
“I just enjoy making things and cooking.”
Jenny and volunteer coordinator Linda Salter say they wanted to create an atmosphere which was relaxing and welcoming for people and help turn the hall into an all-round attraction.
With guided tours of the 80-acre grounds and Ranger-led activities going on, the tea room seemed like a natural addition to provide refreshments for those visiting the hall.
But it also attracts people not visiting the hall too.
Linda said: “There are a lot of cafes and places to eat in Lytham, and Lytham Hall is about three-quarters of a mile from the centre, so people may not necessarily think of us for lunch or a bite to eat.
“But we do get some regulars in the tea room.
“We’ve had some great feedback from customers and it’s growing.
“It’s nice to be able to offer people a chance to come in, sit down and have some refreshments when they are walking round the grounds – we have a courtyard outdoors area, which is covered in case it rains.
“It’s great for dog-walkers.
“Of course on some occasions we are really busy – for example when the snowdrop walk or the Heritage Open weekend are on.”
For more information, log on to www.lythamhall.co.uk, or call (01253) 736652.