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The Rose, Oxford

Flourless Chocolate and Almond Cake

Yesterday afternoon I had some time to kill between a meeting & my Cath Kidston Craft event (more on that later!). Oxford City Guide had tweeted that The Rose had been listed as one of the top ten tea rooms in Britain. So I thought I’d give it a go. I like tea & cake so it seemed like a win-win. I read through the menu beforehand, obviously, and saw a few things that I could eat. Off I went.

Flourless Chocolate and Almond Cake

Upon arrival, I was greeted by a very nice waitress. The tea room wasn’t too full but it wasn’t empty either. I was given a tea menu but was torn between a sandwich & a cake. I had to ask for the sandwich menu but went for a delicious flour-less chocolate & almond cake. It came with a decent sized dollop of cream on the side. I opted for the Assam tea. It was lush. And the pot seemed to go on for ever & it didn’t stew. I stayed for a while, reading my book. The only thing it could’ve done with was a little bit more atmosphere – maybe a bit of music. When I was ready to go, I paid my bill & popped to the loo. The stairs were, um, small but this wasn’t the worst thing. When I got downstairs there was a hideous smell. It made me feel sick. If I’d gone down there first, I wouldn’t have been able to stay. I needed fresh air. The loos are tiny & the hand drier isn’t positioned well. A bit of a let down & it spoilt my time there. I’ve been in way better tea rooms & The Rose doesn’t fit into my top 10. Maybe top 15, but that’s as far as it’d go.

Rag Rugging at Rosie’s

Rag Rugging at Rosies

A few weeks ago I blogged about a new knitting group called Needles & Natter at Rosie’s Tea Room in Abingdon. It’s not just knitting. There are lots of portable crafts going on. One of the ladies that attends does rag rugging & asked if we’d like a demo and have a go ourselves. Try a new craft?! But of course I’d love to! So I went this morning, armed with a bag full of clothes from my OH’s wardrobe.

Rag Rugging at Rosies

Armed with my bodger (yes, a bodger) & hessian and some old t-shirt material I set to work. I don’t think rag rugging will be making an appearance on my Folksy page, but I am thinking about potential Christmas presents (that means you family!) It’s pretty quick and the hessian enables you to keep track of progress, making sure that the lines are straight. The time this morning passed way too quickly and I really enjoyed learning a new skill. It’s another benefit of attending the Needles & Natter group. To learn this kind of skill could cost lots of money, but this didn’t. And I had a lush mug of Italian coffee! Thanks Liz & Dinny! x