Making time for tea at Kiplin Hall
Mad Hatter Tea has joined forces with Kiplin Hall near Richmond, to become sole provider of tea in its award-winning tearoom. Kiplin Hall scooped the coveted 'Tea Room of the Year' title at the recent Flavours of Herriot Country Awards ceremony. Visitors can also buy Mad Hatter Tea from the tearoom gift shop.
The Jacobean House, once the country seat of the founder of Maryland, USA, reopened its doors to the public on 1st April. It is fast becoming one of North Yorkshire's great success stories. More and more people are discovering this hidden gem which provides a charming and intimate experience for locals and tourists alike.
The gardens and grounds including woodland and lakeside walks are open Sundays to Wednesdays from 10am until 5pm from April until October. The Hall is open to the public on the same days from 2pm until 5pm, making it the perfect venue for an afternoon tea.
The winter months have seen the restoration of a 'travellers' bedroom not previously open to the public, the centrepiece of which is an extravagent 19th century Italian bed with unusual carvings. The gardens are also much improved with increased planting of fruit and vegetables in the Walled Garden, the creation of a White Garden within the Topiary and a Perennial Bed and Hot Boards to the south of the Walled Garden.
Following an appeal by tea room Manager, Mary Exelby, for pre-1960s china, more than 70 people responded. As a result, tea time is even more appealing as guests are served with a mix of cups, saucers, milk jugs, tea pots and much more. In fact some of the Harlequin collection of china dates back to the late 1800s.
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