Northampton woman opens bustling cafe...in her back garden
Bottomless cake is on the menu at a Northampton cafe with traces of a bygone era.
Mill House Tea Rooms & Garden opened two months ago in Wootton, unusually, perhaps, in the cafe owner's garden.But the business owner and baker, Emily Armstrong, might be on to something.Two months after opening the Alice In Wonderland-inspired cafe her garden has been busy with customers every day, she said."It's just sort of come into it's own.I suggested doing something for the older generation."So I put the idea on Facebook and people were saying: 'do it', and I have been packed every single day.Emily runs the kitchen by herself, only some days with a little help from friends.But when she's not busy looking after her children she is baking her trademark Victoria sponge and chocolate orange cakes, among other favourites."I've always loved cooking," she added."I trained as a chef at college and then I had kids. "But I have always loved making cakes. I could not have envisaged it going this well."The success of the cafe so far could be down to Emily's work ethic.The baker is up at 7am making all of her cake mixtures from scratch before the school run and can still be seen with a mixing spoon in-hand as she completes the finishing touches at 11pm."On Sunday's I get up at 6am. We had 21 afternoon teas to do [last week]," she added."On the first day we had 200 people turn up and we had a four-piece jazz band. We have an opera singer coming out, too."Noticeably Emily's quaint garden, nestled off High Street, is one of the main selling points her house has to offer. The cafe - fitted with a children's play area, guinea pigs and a Wendy house - has a lot of interest for children, too. Although Emily mostly does sweet afternoon teas and cream teas the tea and coffee menu is attractive too with a loose leaf tea selection and ground and machine coffee options.The cafe is open between 11am and 2pm from Tuesday to Friday and then 11am to 4pm on Sunday (bookings only). From October 25 Emily will only be taking bookings and will start serving soups and roast dinnersTo find out more, click here.