Miss Margaret Courtney, my great-aunt originally opened her business here in 1909 and it has been run by four generations of ladies in my family. I reopened in summer 2008 as Miss Courtney's Tearooms.
We are an independent tearooms specializing in afternoon tea fare, light lunches and breakfasts. We endeavour to capture the feeling of nostalgia associated with 'taking tea'. Expect old fashioned tablecloths, antique chinaware and glistening chandeliers........ ....take some time to 'take some tea' with us.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Last night I celebrated my 1st year in business AND our 100th year in business as a family..... Miss Margaret Courtney established her business in 1909 and what a privilege it is to be at the helm 100 years later. My daughter Anna is fifth in line ..... no pressure Anna! To celebrate we held an old fashioned tea dance with 1930's swing and lindyhop by Gary Baus, afternoon tea delights, champagne and pretty dresses aplenty! I enjoyed every second of it and the dancing was so much fun I wonder if we should consider a more regular social dancing night?. It was such a pleasure to have so many old and new friends together for the night and I would really like to thank all of you for your support help and friendship over the many years. Looking forward to more fun in the years ahead.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Miss Courtney's Tearooms adores the traditional afternoon tea .......... here is who we have to thank for it: Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from fine tea pots into delicate bone china cups.
Saturday, 14 March 2009
A visit to Miss Courtney's tearooms is a trip down memory lane, where you will be greeted with everything that is old fashioned elegant and nostalgic. Expect antique china tea sets and tea pots, hand embroidered table cloths, old fashioned cakes, loose leafed teas, traditional afternoon teas and light lunches. Sandra Dunlea is the fourth generation in the Courtney line to run a tea business here originally opened in 1909 by her great gran aunt Miss Margaret Courtney. The tearooms is a throwback to the early 1900's where old photographs of family and the local people adorn the walls. Beautiful chandeliers and vintage fabrics create an atmosphere of relaxation and one might just spend hours enjoying time out from the fast pace of modern life.