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I can't wait to start baking!
on 19 April 2014
I can still vividly remember my first trip to Peter's tea shop in Weybridge. It was September 1975 - I was 13 years old and I had just started boarding at St Maur's Convent in Weybridge. Although my parents did not live far away they had told me I was not allowed home for the first month. I was in a small dormitory of 4 girls and they had all gone home for the weekend so I was all alone. A girl the year above must have taken pity on me as she invited me to her birthday tea at Peter's. I had never experienced an afternoon tea before. We were ushered to a table at the back of the tea shop where we were joined by the birthday girl's brother - a boy from St George's College - this was another first as I had never spoken to a "college" boy!
It was a sumptuous feast - with plates of dainty sandwiches and an array of delicious cakes. I can recall the background hum of conversation and the chink of china. It was the start of my love affair with tea shops! I returned to Peter's many times over the years and I was so delighted to discover that Peter's daughter has written this book which has brought back so many memories.
As soon as I got the book I sat down and read it cover to cover. Louise Johncox has really captured the essence of why Peter's tea shop was such a special place and it has rekindled my memories of a time gone by - it is a beautiful book.
I'm off now to start baking "Frankie's lemon drizzle cake"!