Halesowen woman revives childhood memories by opening 1940s-style tea room in Bridgnorth

A woman has recreated one of her favourite childhood memories – tea at her grandmother’s house – by opening a 1940s-style tea room.

Jackie Riley, from Halesowen, has always dreamed of opening a team room and her dream has finally become a reality after she opened one in Bridgnorth.

She has named her new business venture Violet’s Tea Room after her grandmother.

Mrs Riley said: “For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream having my own tea room. Having visited many over the years I kept saying to my husband and family I would love to do this.

“My husband, Ian, would say ‘then do it, if it’s really what you want just do it, let’s take the risk’.

“We then decided ‘yes, why not? If we don’t do it now we never will’ and I didn’t want to regret not having a go.”

Mrs Riley wanted to recreate her happy memories of tea at her grandmother’s.

She said: “I have many happy memories of visiting her and my granddad on a Sunday afternoon, sitting around the table drinking cups of tea and listening to everyone chatting about everything and anything, and that’s exactly what I wanted to create. 

“The colour scheme in my tea room is violet too.”

It took her almost three years to collect the furniture, memorabilia and china. In July, Mrs Riley left her job as a teaching assistant to pursue her dream.

She said: “Although I felt sad to leave, I knew it wouldn’t be the last time I saw the children from my class. Since opening, three families have visited which was so lovely.”

Mrs Riley has plans for a 1940s singer to visit and entertain the customers and a tarot card reader near Halloween. All the money raised will be donated to a local children’s charity.

Within the next few weeks Voilet’s Tea Room is opening a new children’s play room open which is being painted by a local artist Catherine Sharplin with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme. 

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