Newark: Re-opening of family-run teahouse in Leadenham is a success
A family-run village teahouse re-opened to the public in a one-off event with live music as part of an annual festival.
Leadenham Teahouse welcomed customers back for the Leadenham Festival in conjunction with the spring artisan market and wedding fair at Leadenham House last Sunday.
The teahouse served takeaway food and drinks, with customers able to enjoy live entertainment from folk musicians, while raising money for the Lincolnshire Day of Folk on August 1.
Visitors sat outside and enjoyed the live music, with some saying that they had not heard live music for more than 18 months due to the pandemic.
Customers enjoyed shopping in the gift shop where a new houseplants and pots collection had been launched. Visitors were also able to browse the stalls at Leadenham Artisan Market at Leadenham House.
Katie Mace, co-owner of the teahouse, said: “Our events are free entry and really well supported by the village and people travelled from all out the East Midlands to support the musicians.
“We’ve had comments through our social media from visitors who had really enjoyed the event, for some, the first time they’d ventured out since the beginning of the first lockdown.
“We were so lucky with the weather — we have no shelter so we are so pleased the weather held out.”
Leadenham Teahouse remains temporarily closed, due to sharing the small premises with the busy Leadenham Village Post Office.
Katie has hopes they will be reopen sometime this summer once covid-19 restrictions ease further, but no dates have been finalised.
She said: “Our next folk event and Leadenham Teahouse pop-up shop is planned for Sunday, August 1, in conjunction with the ‘Lincolnshire Day of Folk’ event in Leadenham.
“It’s the tenth year and music stages will be all over the village. It’s a great atmosphere and free entry.
“We also co-host with Leadenham Estate the Leadenham Artisan Market. Please get in touch if you are an artisan or handcrafted business and you would like the opportunity to sell you products at the event.
Stall bookings are now being taken for August 1. Find out more on Instagram or visit www.leaden hamestate.com.