Our Tea Story
The Old brickyard Tea Garden was born in 2009, when Anna Stasinska aka Tea Lady, invited C&C Plants to her garden for tea.
She proposed an idea, to design, build and run a tearoom at the nursery. Little did she know that it would take almost two years for her plans to become reality!
If you’d like to hear the full story, book onto Anna’s 9th Anniversary tea tasting evening on Friday 2nd October.
Why the Old Brickyard?
If you look on an Ordnance Survey map of the area, you will find the Old Brickyard Cottages clearly marked. Before the Old Brickyard Tea Garden was even an idea, the brick cottages have stood since 1899. Before the cottages were built, the heavy clay was quarried to be made into bricks. You can still see the steep banks, signs of the quarry in the field next to the tearoom. Watch the video of the lambs enjoying a run on the steep grassy bank, back in 2007, before the field was split up.
A little further down the Eastwell Road on a sharp bend to the right, is another row of brick cottages. Not to be confused with the 'Old' Brickyard, this area was the Lion Brickworks. Where, as the name suggests, bricks were made. Opened in 1875, production stopped in 1930. The site was later used during World War II as an ammo store by the MOD. The brick kilns still exist today but are gradually crumbling away, as nature takes hold. (Noodle investigates a kiln - pictured right)
Whilst digging in the Secret Garden Anna came across a few bricks which have the words 'Lion Brickworks, Scalford, Melton Mowbray' impressed upon them. Three are now embedded in the patio in the Secret Garden. (Brick - pictured right)