"Baking is something I have always enjoyed"
I’m Wendy and I own and run Wendy’s Curiosi-Teas.
In 2018 I decided to take on running the small coffee shop in the ‘Second Time Around’ showroom. I saw the potential for doing something good, using my skills to create delicious food and offering a good, friendly service.
As a very young child I loved watching my mum in the kitchen baking delicious homemade cakes, puddings and pastries. I would stand on a chair next to her watching in awe and waiting patiently for a chance to lick the bowl and spoon afterwards. I dreamed of opening my own tearoom one day and would spend hours making mud pies and my special ‘trifles’ at an old dresser in the garden.
The idea of having my own tearoom was just a childhood dream and something I never pursued despite always having a passion for baking. After unexpectantly losing my job due to funding cuts and not knowing what path I should follow at this stage in my life I finally decided to follow my childhood dream ‘now or never’ and then this exciting opportunity arose. Opening a tearoom within ‘Second Time Around’ which has helped me achieve that aspiration and has been such a rewarding experience.
My mum has been a huge inspiration and great help to me in achieving this dream, she has taught me everything I know about baking and also makes the bunting, tea cosies and even pinnies for the staff.
Wendy’s Curiosi-Teas is located within ‘Second Time Around’ – an antique centre and furniture restoration project and shop with a difference. They provide invaluable training and volunteering opportunities to promote work, social inclusion, and independence, for adults with learning disabilities.
The ‘Second Time Around’ team provide a bespoke painting and furniture restoration service and sell these items in their showroom next door to the workshop. You can also bring your own items to be commissioned.
The showroom itself has a wide range of lovingly restored and presented household furniture, antiques, country furniture and quirky collectables, all of which make for an unusual setting for our tearoom.
Come and see for yourself and enjoy a nice cup of tea and cake.
Book Afternoon Tea
Please use the form below to request your preferred date. We will be in touch to confirm and take a small deposit.
Tuesday to Saturday
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Unit 18 Beaumont Close
Beaumont Industrial Estate
Oxfordshire OX16 1TG
Tel: 07501 531628