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Alison Williamson

Alison Williamson

Reviewed: Sphera Antiques, Workington

Today I was lucky enough to be treated to Afternoon Tea at Sphera Antiques, Workington, by my very thoughtful best friend. I didn’t expect to want to rush back from my birthday surprise today so that I could write a review about it, but once I’d raved about it at home, I just had to come and tell all of you about it too.

Sphera Antiques is a hidden gem in Workington. As an antique business, the Sphera gang have been trading online for 6 years, but decided to open a store, which welcomed customers for the first time eight weeks ago. From the second we walked into the shop, we could just feel how much love had been poured into it. It’s a family business in what used to be a local pub, but I didn’t recognise it as somewhere I used to dance and do shots! The transformation into an Aladdin’s cave of antiques is amazing. There’s a section of the shop that’s now the Pennyfarthing Tea Room, which was our venue for the afternoon.

Now for the important information… the food! There was a selection of sandwiches, scotch eggs and pork pies, as well as a collection of homemade cakes. The cherry on the top was the trifle. Delicious! The food is all locally sourced and beautifully made. You can call in for breakfast, light lunches and cakes and cuppas, as well as cream teas and Afternoon Teas. As I have said, my Afternoon Tea was a generous treat for my birthday, so I’m not aware of how much it cost. I can say that everything else on the menu was very reasonably priced, so I am sure that the Afternoon Tea would follow suit.

It was really nice to look around at the antiques after we had eaten. They have some wonderful trinkets, jewellery, furniture and militaria. I bought myself a £5 Lucky Dip of jewellery and got some fabulous pieces!

The staff were friendly and accommodating, without being intrusive. The whole atmosphere and ambiance was just perfect. The 1940s music and newspapers made for an authentic experience. It was more than an Afternoon Tea. It was a very special way to begin my birthday celebrations. I cannot recommend Sphera Antiques highly enough!

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