24 February 2016

Floristry (and afternoon tea) by Lord Hurst, Doncaster Yorkshire

I've spent a lot of time changing trains at Doncaster and hanging out on platforms with hastily snatched coffee watching locomotives roll through this large South Yorkshire market town station. It wasn't until I happened upon a certain (currently) purple haired girl of mischief, one Miss Dannielle of Chicadeedee blogging fame, and was invited to leave said station for an hour or two (ok, actually a house-warming party) that I managed to see a little more than industrial rooftops.

Afternoon Tea Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Road Trip

Originally a Roman Fort built in the 1st Century AD, Doncaster was built on the riverbanks of the Don, and is known to most English people for the deep seam of coal and heavy industry. Or as my Northerner puts it "those lads are hard men". Because of this when we popped in for afternoon tea at Lord Hursts, found about 10 minutes walk from the train station in a leafy suburb, we were surprised to say the very least.

It is simply like falling down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Yorkshire-style.

 Afternoon Tea Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Road Trip
  
Afternoon Tea Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Road Trip
 
The quirky, fantastic and darn magical tea rooms are owned and operated by the eponymous (self styled, florist by trade) Lord Hurst and his partner, and simply overflows with wonderful character.

 Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip

Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip

Our mostly homemade tea was sorted super quickly (including my gluten free on a separate stand) whilst we admired all the glorious details - carnations on the mismatched teaware, sandwiches between alternating white and brown bread slices, the glorious collection of kitsch ornamentation and liberal splashes of whimsy.

London afternoon teas need more whimsy I feel (except maybe the Mad Hatters Tea and Teanamu - they are already perfect.) I wanted to nick everything, I'm not going to tell a lie... instead I settled for slightly blurry photos and a promise to re-visit soon...

Doncaster Yorkshire Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip
 
Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip Doncaster Yorkshire

We nestled in amongst the cushioned chairs in for the full afternoon tea replete with small salad, and nattered over cups of tea and coffee, but you can simply pop in for a slice & cuppa if you have more pressing places to be.

Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip Doncaster Yorkshire

This is one of the joys of hanging out with locals in their (adopted) homes - discovering gems that blow your mind...

Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip Doncaster Yorkshire


Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip Doncaster Yorkshire

Go, go now. Hop in your car or buy a train ticket - it's well worth a day trip out of London... Make sure to call Lord Hurst and book in advance (they can even do gluten free, but need a little advance notice).

Lord Hurst Afternoon Tea Floristry Road Trip Doncaster Yorkshire

I bloomin' love England.

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