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Charity afternoon tea at the award winning Bluebell, Warwickshire

Afternoon tea at the Bluebell Henley In Arden

Afternoon tea at the Bluebell Henley In Arden

A top Warwickshire restaurant is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for a county hospice by organising a series of fund-raising events.

A top Warwickshire restaurant is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for a county hospice by organising a series of fund-raising events.
The Bluebell, at Henley-in-Arden, is backing Myton Hospice and has enlisted the support of businesswomen from the region.
It is giving customers a taste of Warwickshire as part of its fund-raising campaign – and has even unearthed a centuries-old recipe as part of the drive.

Today Bluebell proprietor Leigh Taylor said: “Many of our customers are based in or near to Myton and so we wanted to do something that would make a difference to them by supporting the local hospice.

“We have a fund-raising afternoon tea planned for April 23, at which we hope to raise £1,000.
“We’re working with the BLAH Network, which is a woman’s business network that meets here, to raise money.”
Ms Taylor said the BLAH Network, would enjoy afternoon tea with food and drink expert Philippe Boucheron, who will talk about its origins, and how this is the 350th anniversary of tea coming to Britain from China.

She said: “We hope to raise around £500 from ticket sales and we’re also working with the Blah Group to organise a raffle and auction, so we hope to raise a further £500 from that.

“The afternoon tea event will be specifically for local ladies and we hope as many as possible come forward to take part.”
Ms Taylor added that The Bluebell had kicked of the fund raising month with a fun event during National Pie Week raising £50 by selling charity pies, after its chef researched a centuries-old recipe.

She said: “We held a three-day promotion during which we donated £1 from the sale of every pie to the Myton Hospice. “Our chef, Simon Malin, had researched a centuries old recipe for Fidget Pie, which was in The Bluebell archive. It contained delicious free range ham, apples and cider and was served to agricultural workers down the centuries, we believe originating from Shropshire. It was a winner with our customers.”
Ms Taylor said the venue had other events planned to make sure it topped its £1,000 target. She said: “We have a very chatty front of house apprentice, Megan Cope, who is going to do a two-day silence. A number of our staff are also going to take part in a 10-minute cake-eating competition.”

The Bluebell is one of Warwickshire’s top-rated eateries with two AA stars and a place in the Good Food Guide 2012. They serve daily afternoon teas, including a champagne and even gluten free afternoon tea for coeliacs.

Tickets for the charity event are from £10 each to include the talk and drinks, with the option to upgrade to wonderful afternoon tea – the charity auction also includes a very special gift donated by Heritage Collection Silverware of Birmingham – hand crafted manufactures of fine cutlery and crockery for the some of the World’s finest restaurants and hotels including the Ritz, The Dorchester, The Orient Express and more locally Simpsons Michelin Restaurant in Birmingham  of . For further details, and tickets visit or call (01564) 793049.

Traditional afternoon tea from the Bluebell

Traditional afternoon tea from the Bluebell

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