Back when I worked at the college, a colleague of mine, Kelly was starting a really exciting new project outside of education - she was opening a tearoom in an old disused library in Washington Village. I'd heard of the old library building before and knew it held a place close to many people's hearts in the village. The concept was a simple one, the green was to be filled with beautiful unique gifts, serve delicious tea and coffee and play home to a boutique florist. It sounded perfect and exactly the kind of place I would like to spend long lazy mornings. Due to work commitments, I had visited the green before but only to pop in and grab food to go and since getting pregnant I haven't caught up with friends nearly anywhere as much as I would have liked to. So when my friend Vicky suggested meeting for coffee in Washington, it was the obvious choice to spend a couple of hours catching up.
Describing itself as a 'concept store,' the green serves up delicious locally roasted GoldBox coffee and has the largest selection of organic loose tea I've ever seen. All the cakes, biscuits, scones, jams and chutney served are all homemade and without even been asked I was informed just to let them know if I had any gluten/wheat intolerances.
Vicky and I settled down into seats right by the window which was filled with flowers and the Spring sunshine. We'd ordered a decaf latte and Americano and set to catching up. I was sat in direct sight of the florist area which is never a good idea as I love flowers and I was already calculating how many bunches I could buy without Jay noticing.
The really lovely thing sbout the green is they also have a gorgeous workshop area out back which as well as been available for hire, also hosts regular community events. Coming up in April there's a Floral and Craftwood workshop which I would love to attend. I spied a leaflet advertising these and noticed on the inside they also do the yummiest sounding afternoon tea which I can't wait to go back for. I'm thinking I might even treat my Mum as a little thank you as she's been helping us so much with all the twin preparations.
The time flew by but I couldn't resist a nosey in the gifts and some flowers before leaving. I managed to resist buying any homewares from the gift section but did end up with Tulips and several bunches of Daffodils.
I had such a lovely time at the green - I kind of wish I wasn't moving further away now. The green is situated right in the heart of Washington Village and there's plenty parking around. If you're looking for somewhere a little bit quirky then it is simply a must-visit. Take a look at their website here for more information and directions and make sure you tell Kelly, Hi from me when you pay them a visit!