Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Roses Tea Rooms Review

This little gem of a place used to be located in Heswall village and was very popular for its afternoon tea. Roses Tea Rooms have since moved to the fabulous location of Ness Gardens and I went last weekend with my mum for lunch. I love places like this. The type of place you could take your Nan. Roses Tea Rooms is based in the entrance hall to Ness Gardens and I expect is bringing a lot of visitors to what is usually a venue only really popular in the summer time. The Tea Room actually takes up a really big space in the foyer and is full of quaint little tables for two or four with a rose and a menu on each one. They offer a very full and impressive tea menu with everything from Assam and Earl Grey to herbal teas which are served in a pot with loose leaves and a strainer. The lunch menu is also very generous and includes soup and a sandwich for £6.50 which we both chose. As we sat down it looked very busy with most tables taken but the waitresses were very quick to come over, take and serve our order. This is a very quaint place to lunch and rivals the cafe at nearby Gordale. Perfect for a lunch date with your Nan. Or anyone else who likes all things floral and vintage.

Valentines Treat: Mount Gay Rum Truffles

If someone asked what you associate with Barbados you might say Rihanna, sunshine, or Simon Cowell on holiday at Sandy Lane over Christmas. But Barbados is also famous for the oldest brand of rum in existence; Mount Gay Rum. Records show this rum was first distilled in Barbados in the 1700s and it has since gone on to become a world recognised brand. My husband and I were first introduced to Mount Gay Rum during a family holiday to St Lucia in 2007 when we stayed at Windjammer Landing for the Cricket World Cup. My Uncle in Law told a story about this being the rum sailors brought back from the Caribbean when returning from long trips at sea (this could be entirely made up – I got so drunk on this rum – we all did – it has the power to knock you off your feet). Mount Gay Rum does sponsor regattas around the world however so there may be some truth in this story. 

Anyway ever since that holiday my husband and his best friend have enjoyed Mount Gay Rum and coke as an end-of-the-evening kind of tipple. I was reminded of this rum when I was on the tram to work recently reading the Metro where there was a snippet about Mount Gay Rum truffles being made by Rococo Chocolates in London. I contacted the shop to get some truffles as a Valentines present for my husband but they don’t sell the fresh truffles online. So one of my best friends kindly went into the Kings Road store and bought me a box of the Mount Gay Rum truffles and a box of banana rum truffles, packaged them up and sent them in the post. I got very excited when this package arrived on my desk at work. The truffles are ovals of dark chocolate all smooth and rich on the inside. We ate one each on Valentines Day and then packaged them back up for rationing over the next few weeks. How amazing is this packaging?! Have a look at the very cool Mount Gay Rum website to read the story of the drink and learn a little bit about Barbados