Ria’s Teashop Secrets: Let’s celebrate

You will be able to book for a Mick Mannock Memorial Afternoon Tea during July at Ria's Rosy Lee Tearoom
You will be able to book for a Mick Mannock Memorial Afternoon Tea during July at Ria's Rosy Lee Tearoom

Ria Chambers from Ria’s Rosy Lee Tearoom in Wellingborough on special events in July.

Here in Wellingborough we have a lot to celebrate this month.

There was the carnival on July 5 where local groups and organisations showcased their skills and services, while raising money for charity.

I have my own occassion to celebrate as on July 25 it will be the tearoom’s first birthday.

A huge achievement for anyone in business, we shall be in the party mood handing out party bags to all paying customers on the day (while stocks last).

I have also chosen July as the month to celebrate Wellingborough’s history.

Not only will I have a well on display to signify the Wells of Wellingborough, but as part of the First World War remembrance events leading up to the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of war on August 4, you will be able to book for a Mick Mannock Memorial Afternoon Tea.

Mick Mannock is a local war hero, one of the first pilots in the newly-created RAF.

He was reknowned for being daring and taking chances, which earned him the Victoria Cross, but he sadly died in battle in 1918.

There are many tributes to him throughout Northamptonshire, and this is mine to him.

I have based the flavours of the afternoon tea on foods from 1914-1918.

As well as scones I shall be serving empire cake (as we still had an empire then), and seed cake, a popular cake in the county at the time.

For the sandwiches I shall be including beef and horseradish, and cucumber fillings.

I have chosen these as at the turn of the last century the upper classes would not have a meat filling in their afternoon teas as it was seen as lower class, instead preferring a vegetable, egg or fish filling.

For the lower class, scraps from the beef roast would be put into sandwiches so as to use the whole joint and not waste food.

However, the First World War began the breakdown of the class system boundaries, so this is my represenatation of democracy.

If you don’t book in for an afternoon tea though, a slice of history will always be available throughout July with catterns, Anzacs and Mrs Beeton’s 1915 recipe of honey cake being baked for the tearoom.

I hope we see you all to take part in the celebrations.