Agnieszka Rzemieniak prepares afternoon tea
Ampleforth Abbey boasts a new-look Tea Room this week. Nearly 20,000 people visited the Tea Room, situated in the Main Hall adjacent to the monastery, when it first opened in May 2009. Popular items on the menu include Fr Rainer’s cider apple cake and Fr Hugh’s vanilla and fudge cheesecake and, as part of the Tea Room’s development and desire to provide the highest quality of service and customer experience, there is now waiter service at all tables.
The latest refurbishment includes new lighting, new flooring and a new serving area. However, the Tea Room is also furnished with the famous ‘Mousey Thompson’ tables and chairs while the walls are adorned with paintings by 89 year-old Fr Martin Haigh OSB, a contemporary of the late Cardinal Basil Hume.
The Tea Room provides a welcome respite and nourishing refreshments for visitors who may be staying at Ampleforth, or those visiting the Abbey or its extensive grounds, lakes and woodland. All meals are freshly made on site using local ingredients, including apples from the Ampleforth Orchard, and consist of sandwiches, light meals, afternoon tea and homemade cakes.
Sean McFetrich, the new Director of Commercial Operations at Ampleforth Abbey and College, said: “For many years, we have welcomed visitors to Ampleforth, but it became clear that the basic requirement for many visitors – somewhere to sit and have a cup of tea – was missing. Now we hope that the refurbished Tea Room, along with the Abbey Shop and opportunities to explore the grounds, orchard and Abbey Church itself, will encourage visitors to spend more time with us”.
For further information see: www.visitors.ampleforth.org.uk