Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: The Seafront Tea Rooms by Vanessa Greene

Title: The Seafront Tea Rooms
Author: Vanessa Greene
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction
Publication Date: 8th September 2014
Pages: 416
Book Source: Own purchase

Synopsis: The Seafront Tea Rooms is a peaceful hideaway, away from the bustle of the seaside, and in this quiet place a group of women find exactly what they've been searching for.

Charismatic journalist Charlotte is on a mission to scope out Britain's best tea rooms. She knows she's found something special in the Seafront Tea Rooms but is it a secret she should share? Kathryn, a single mother whose only sanctuary is the 'Seafront', convinces Charlie to keep the place out of her article by agreeing to join her on her search. Together with another regular, Seraphine, a culture-shocked French au pair with a passion for pastry-making, they travel around the country discovering quaint hideaways and hidden gems. But what none of them expect is for their journey to surprise them with discoveries of a different kind . . . 

My Thoughts:
This was just what I needed, perfect escapism complete with tea and comfort food. A light, easy feel-good read, and completely satisfying. 

After a chance meeting in Letty's Seafront Tea Rooms, a special haven in Scarborough, Charlie, Kat and Seraphine become firm friends, sharing tea room research, baking, family crises, relationship dramas and work challenges ... all the normal, every-day nuances of friendship. I'd love to be friends with these women. I also have serious job-envy, well just for this tea room assignment of Charlie's :)

Whilst set in Scarborough, the friends also travel to York, London and a couple of other places I visited on my holiday last year making this extra special, bringing back memories of tea and  treats on my travels. Already being a scones, jam and cream girl, England turned me into a monster. I fell in lust with cream teas ... scones with jam and lashings of clotted cream and the tea of your choice ... English Breakfast of course. The Somerset Cream Tea from the Abbey Tea Rooms in Glastonbury was one of the best I had in England :)

I love tea rooms, there's just something so comforting about them, they bring people together, you leave your troubles at the door, they're the perfect place to escape for a few indulgent hours. 

What could be more perfect ... tea, cake, friendship and just a little romance. I'm looking forward to checking out more of Vanessa Greene's titles.

Cover: gorgeous

Letty's Classic English Scones

(makes 12 scones)

2.5ml/1/2 tsp salt
40-50g /1 1/2-2oz butter
150ml/1/4 pint milk
225g/80z SR flour plus extra for dusting
5ml/1tsp cream of tartar
 2.5ml/1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Lightly butter a baking sheet. 

Sift the flour, cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl together. Rub or cut in butter, rubbing the mixture until it forms large crumbs with a flaky texture. 

Mix in the milk and stir to form a soft dough.

Roll out to a thickness of around 1cm and using a 5cm diameter pastry/scone cutter, cut into rounds

Arrange the scones on the baking sheet fairly close together and dust with flour. 

Bake in oven 425 °F/220°C for 12-15 mins until they rise and turn golden.

Serve warm with jam and clotted cream. 

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  1. Oh how I miss a true tea shop. If only I could go back to the UK on a weekly basis, wouldn't that be great? The book sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon ... then it would be necessary to make the scones. :)

  2. How I would love to have a tea shop like the one you featured in this little town we live in. I agree, it's a lovely getaway to sit and enjoy tea in a peaceful place.
    That book sounds like one I would love to read. I'm glad you featured it. Love the cream tea!

  3. This sounds good!! And I have never been a tea lover, but yet I love tea rooms! LOL!!

  4. I love a book like this and now am craving a scone like the one shown above!

  5. Cream teas are my favorite! I love tea rooms and whenever I travel I try to find one to visit. I wish that there were more tea rooms in the States but I live in a coffee nation and I hate coffee :)

    This book sounds like the perfect read to accompany a cup of tea. I don't know if it is available here but I will have to look for it. Thanks for your review (and the recipe)!

  6. I love tea rooms-although in the US they do not exist. Wherever I go on vacation I will always seek out a tea room. My favourite was the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong.

  7. Oh, I am drooling here! I love tea shops and scones, with the clotted cream, etc. We had a place like that in a neighboring village, but it closed down...sigh.

    I would love to read this book!

  8. I have just read this as well - enjoyable and light. Perfect for my mood at the time. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  9. I have this in my wish list at Audible and think I will listen to it as an audio - sounds good. I love tea - scones, jam and cream. Yum. How wonderful going to those tearooms in England. Love English Breakfast tea too! I don't like scones made with self raising flour though so I usually adapt. Not that I can make scones very well!! it's an art.

  10. This sounds like a great way to re-live our England trips!

    Joy's Book Blog

  11. I love tea rooms too. This sounds like the kind of book I need right now. I had a difficult week with little or no reading.

  12. While I am not a tea drinker, this book sounds like a winner to me. I love the cover! I would love to visit some of the tearooms in England, maybe I'd even indulge in a cup!

  13. This looks like a nice, comforting read. WE had a tea room in a town close by and it was a very relaxing place t obe.

  14. I think Blogger ate my comment ... :( I love clotted cream. This book sounds like a really delightful read!

  15. The cover alone makes this book worth it. THe whole book sounds very delightful though.

  16. I love tea rooms too! My favorite in the area (there aren't many!) closed last year. This look like a comforting read.


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