Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Apples Tearooms is now (finally) open for business.

The inspiration for this property is numerous trips to York and the little surrounding villages that all seem to have traditional Tearooms, some with gift shops included.   Whether or not they have living accomodation above, I don't know but it seemed fitting to have that here.

I have been taking loads of pictures for you now that The Tearooms is finished.   There are still one or two items to be had but I can't do anything about that until NEC in March and they don't really affect the overall look.

It's the plan to post a couple of "floors" a day and then show the final whole interior so please bear with me!   Today it's the basement which contain the Kitchen and Storeroom/Office and the Ground Floor which house the actual Tearooms themselves.

The exterior finish was created using a Richard Bromley stencil and compound.

I can now turn the board showing "Closed" to reveal the menu which has remaind hidden for two years.

The little set on the table was purchased from Carol Cook.

As both the Kitchen and the Storeroom/Office are in the Basement, the theory is that the door back left of the Kitchen leads up to one of the doors to the right hand side of the Tearoom itself (the one marked "Staff Only"). One item I would point out is the dishwasher to the right of the picture. Press a button and it makes "working dishwasher" noises. A brilliant addition, I thought and purchased from Elf Miniatures as was the kitchen itself - one of the flexi kits.

Items here were purchased from a variety of sellers both through ebay and various fairs.   My favourite items just have to be the two pastries, shown front left from Paris Miniatures.

There is still some space in the store room cupboard that can take additional items as and when I see them.

Note the Scottish potatoes - well, I had to, didn't I?

Every Secretary appreciates a cup of tea, especially if the wastepaper basket is anything to go by - it doesn't look like she's having a very good day.

On the next level up are The Tearooms themselves.


  1. It all looks fantastic. Wonderful details a wonderful project. I love the kitchen and the office is amazing. Your Apples Tearooms was one of the first blogs i found when i started in miniatures so i have a special fondness for this project. Congratulations Irene :)
    Hugs Maria

  2. It's a completely perfect work! I would love to sit there with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake :-)! Hugs,Jeannette

  3. A perfect piece of work. You took care of so many wonderful details and the pieces you collected are fantastic. Both the outdoor and indoor furniture are fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow...Irene, Apples Tearoom is so beautiful! I love every little detail. Can't tell where to start. The tearoom itself is absolutely great. The kitchen turned out wonderful, I love the white and wooden colours so much... and I love the idea how you made the office/storeroom, so many lovely minis to discover :)

  5. Great project. I love your attention to detail. Including the brass signs on your doors.. I assume they are restroom? The wood floors look very nice! I am going to have to go back and read about your progress. Keep up the good work!

  6. Absolutely perfect!
    I can't think of a detail which has been overlooked and I love your post box in the wall.

  7. beautiful and well worth the wait :D Linda xxx

  8. It all looks wonderful - just the kind of place I like to while away a couple of hours. Great work Irene. Judith x

  9. Absolutely beautiful Irene!!!

    I used the same kit for my toy shop and I love what you've done with yours. Looking forward to seeing more and all your treasures....

  10. Good news! Now I can come and have a cup of tea and a cake, and no need to bring a book there are newspapers. I love everything, and so many gorgeous details.
    I'm looking forward to go upstairs, even if client can't...

  11. Que fantastico trabajo, no le falta ni un detalle.
    La sala del te es una verdadera maravilla.
    La cocina me encanta.
    Un trabajo perfecto.
    besitos ascension

  12. Thank you everyone for your nice comments. It was a nice project to work on. I'll be posting pictures till the end of the week, then it's the giveaway! Yes, my very first giveaway.

  13. Irene, there is so much to look at, its wonderful. I particularly like the papers in the Office that missed the bin! And yes the Paris Miniatures' pastries are divine, I saw them at SIMP and the work is wonderful!

  14. Love the birds in the birdhouse! I have that dishwasher, too! Fun for playing, no? ;] So many wonderful little details - your kitchen makes me hungry!!!! The store room is perfect! The tea rooms are so realistic, I can just imagine popping in for a visit. I've thoroughly enjoyed this build and look forward to your next project!

  15. Hi, Irene! I Somehow haven't kept up with THIS one of your blogs! It is FABULOUS! NO detail overlooked! I LOVE the birdhouse on the outside! And the Office is so well done! I will have to come back and look Closer again!

  16. Cuantas preciosidades Irene, cada detalle es usted una artista.
    Felicidades por estas maravillas.
    Mil besos...Julia


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