When I got chatting to the custodians I struggled to explain how I had stumbled across The Hawkshurst Vault without sounding like a complete cake nutter! I settled on blaming their next door neighbours, accessory designers Tatty Devine, and then claimed to have somehow linked to them someway or another. It's all one big rabbit hole with @ (at's) and tagging, you never know what you're going to find!
This little tea lounge has only been open 4 months. I thought it had been much longer - which means I must have been stalking them from the very start - poor guys. They hold various events, such as: life drawing classes, musicians' shows and even a pop up sandwich bar by 'Mike Sandwich'. I can vouch for the fact that they all look unbelievable and interesting.
This little spoon was just perfect.
The cakes were hard to choose from. Peanut butter brownie, salted caramel brownie and a loads of croissants all had me tempted but I had a sudden interest on the polenta cake, and boy I was not disappointed.
It was truly lovely chatting with these guys (they do have names - James and Theo). I loved meeting them and getting to chat about their new tea adventure, just like I was 4 years ago, and discussing what works and what doesn't work and what we would do again differently.
But one thing I thought that was really special about this place is the fact these guys did everything themselves!!! From ripping out the previous hairdresser chairs and sprucing the place up - just like our little Olde Young Tea House.