New tea room opens at popular Kenilworth gift boutique

By James Smith

22nd Jun 2022 | Local News

Kate Greevy has taken over at The Farthing Gallery and Tea Room (image supplied)
Kate Greevy has taken over at The Farthing Gallery and Tea Room (image supplied)

A popular Kenilworth craft and gift boutique has reopened this week with a new tea room.

Now named The Farthing Gallery and Tea Room, the shop has received a full makeover following the takeover of new owner Kate Greevy.

Complete with a newly furnished outdoor terrace, the High Street store reopened to customers yesterday.

Former teacher Kate took over the shop at the start of May, keeping it open for a couple of weeks before shutting for the refurb.

And whilst she has put her own stamp on the business, she has kept as much of the shop's original charm.

The new tea room also has an outdoor seating area (Image supplied)

"It has got such a good reputation and [former owner] Helen Clues has built up such a good business and the community support for it was overwhelming, the people were very strong about it staying, so I thought changing the name would be a big mistake," she said.

"It is a well known shop now, people know where it is and what it's about.

"So I thought I'd keep the name but change the logo a bit to make it my own by just adding 'tea room' to the end."

Having completely replaced the flooring, electrics and added a new kitchen, the gallery has reopened with the tea room at the front of the shop, with the gifts and artwork now being sold from a renovated and redecorated room at the back.

The cafe will sell light bites, freshly made cakes, and even pre-made picnic baskets to take over to Abbey Fields.

The cafe will sell light bites, freshly made cakes, and even pre-made picnic baskets to take over to Abbey Fields (Image supplied)

Kate also said she is focusing on being as environmentally conscious as possible

"I am trying to be as eco-friendly as I possibly can," she added.

"I am trying as hard as I can in every aspect to be as environmentally conscious as possible with the business - well I am trying anyway!"

As well as using eco-conscious tea brand The True Tea Company, biodegradable disposable cups and even a renewable energy company, Kate is also looking to get on board an artist who turns rubbish into artwork.

Kate is aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible at the High Street shop

The shop will now open 9:30am - 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 3pm on Sundays.

For more information, visit the Facebook page here.

The shop stayed open for a couple of weeks before closing for the refurb (Image supplied)

Kate said she wanted to keep as much of the original business as possible (Image supplied)

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