A few hours off work this afternoon were a looked-forward-to treat. Light and time did not allow for an extensive session of nature or garden photography, so a girl-y afternoon poking around independent shops and sharing a pot of tea with my lovely Mum was an attractive proposition.
We pottered through the Sussex countryside to the delightful town of Petworth, famed for its high class antiques. Our main destination however was an independent sewing and material shop, called "The Cotton Wool Store" filled with the most wonderful selection of sewing essentials, fabric, accessories and embelishments. Heaven! I was also keen to visit "The Hungry Guest", a fantastic supplier of artesian and local food from bread to cheese, but also including meats and herbs, oils, vinegars and vegetables. the level of knowledge and service from the staff is first class, a prefect place to visit for that special treat, or those luxury food items you persuade yourself really are an everyday necessity! In my case, Parmesan cheese, something I always wish to have in the kitchen. I could of course pick up a mass produced piece from almost any supermarket but I somehow feel I will enjoy this hand cut, authentic cheese sold with such friendly and professional service, so much more.
A few doors along the narrow street from "The Hungry Guest", a colourful tearoom caught our eye. We were soon ensconced at a small table enjoying a toasted tea cake and pot of Assam tea. A cheerful place of miss-matched china and happy friendly staff, "Tiffins tearooms" was a delightful discovery and I will certainly be returning to explore the range of sandwiches and cakes available! (they also do gluten free for those who are intolerant to gluten)