CuriosiTEA about their nomination for award

A village tea room has been nominated for an award as it prepares to celebrate its first birthday.

The CuriosiTEA Rooms – located in the Old School Community Hub in the High Street, Ivinghoe – has been put forward for a Chilterns Tea Shop Award.

Thrilled Hayley Wesley said: “The hub was saved, restored and is now owned by a group of trustees and the community and has been secured with a 25 year peppercorn rent.

“I privately rent one of the rooms and have set my café up in the room at the back of the building.

“After a lot of hard work we finally opened our doors on June 19, 2013. Since opening we have gone from strength to strength.”

The tea rooms, which is open seven days a week, has a children’s corner within the café to occupy youngsters while parents enjoy their refreshments and is also located right next to a children’s play park and open playing field.

Hayley added: “We have all walks of life making use of the café from the young to the elderly, locals, walkers, cyclists, delivery drivers, campers and those passing through. We were delighted to be told that we have been nominated for the new Chilterns Tea Shop Award.

“It is really lovely to know that we are doing something right.

“As we have been open one year on June19 we have decided to mark the occasion with balloons, a bouncy castle, popcorn, candy floss, a few stalls selling their wares as well as birthday cakes and drinks.”

Join the celebrations from 12.30pm until 4.30pm (although the business will be open from 9am as normal).

Every other month the tea rooms host a pop-up restaurant evening, each with a different theme, the next being on June 27 with an English flavour. They also offer a delivery service to the local area.