We British love our tea don’t we? And whilst it’s nice to have a cuppa in the comfort of home, sometimes it’s refreshing to go out and about and enjoy our tea in the company of others, or in different surroundings.
Here are some of our suggestions of some interesting and quirky places where you can go and enjoy a cup of tea in Flintshire.
Situated in the pretty village of Hawarden, Gladstone’s Library is a site to behold. A Grade 1 listed building, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d mistakenly walked onto the set of a Harry Potter film.
The library itself has limited access, although you can sign up as a Reader for free. However, inside the building you’ll find a cosy café open daily whether you’re just popping by for a quick cup of tea or you’re looking for somewhere to take the family for Sunday lunch.
Just on the edge of Mold Town Centre, the Woodworks Garden Centre is a fabulous place for keen gardeners to have a wander. But even if you aren’t very green-fingered, their onsite café is a great place to spend some time and enjoy the fabulous fayre that they have on offer. The café has been awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award, based on the positive reviews it constantly seems to attract.
Hidden away next to Hawarden Airport, Chocks Away is a great place for aviation enthusiasts. Overlooking the Airbus site, you’ll be able to see the comings and goings of the huge A300-600 ST or the Beluga as it’s more commonly known. Take off and landing is a site to behold and you might also get to see a number of other private aircraft. Throughout the year, the runway is a regular haunt of the Red Arrows who use it as their base for airshows in Wales or North West England.
You may be forgiven for thinking you have taken a wrong turn when you end up on the industrial estate on the outskirts of Mold. However, this is exactly where this hidden gem lies. Known affectionately as The Mental Kitchen, this is perhaps more of a judgement on the quirkiness of the location and paraphernalia rather than the attitude of the staff! Run alongside A1 House Clearances, you can browse round the warehouse which is a veritable treasure trove of furniture before heading to the on-site café for a cuppa and a bite to eat. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, it’s suitable for all weathers. You can even have your morning coffee served to you inside a converted double decker bus!
You may get some funny looks if you tell people you’re off for a day out to the Pet Cemetery but in fact this venue in Holywell is a delightful place to go for a cup of tea or a light lunch. The tearooms are set in stunning grounds, offering views over the Dee Estuary. The café was originally set up to offer clients a place to relax and de-stress when burying their beloved pets, but the word soon spread about the delicious, local food and drink offering and has now become an extremely popular meeting place. The grounds are fully accessible and dog-friendly and is a lovely peaceful place to potter about.