This quirky Stoke tearoom is expanding – and will soon serve alcohol
Written by The Newsroom on June 2, 2019
A popular tearoom is set to open a new extension – and is putting alcohol on the menu.
Stoke’s Rabbit Hole Tea Room will mark a year in business at the end of the month and is marking its first birthday with the changes.
The new-look extension is set to open by summer with plans to seat 16 extra diners along with providing more room for weekend walk-ins.
Lee Greenhalgh runs the Glebe Street business with wife Sarah, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports .
The 36-year-old, of Stoke, said: “We’ll be extending into the basement of the premises and we’re looking at getting an alcohol licence as well.
“We needed more space because we get a lot of private bookings and they’ve been asking us to serve alcohol.
“We’re good friends with Mart’s Brew House and Tap in Hanley so we’re looking to collaborate with them.
“If we go out, we try and eat local too. We’re also good friends with the Slamwich Club in Hanley and these local businesses are going to feature on a sign which we’re going to put up at the back of shop. It’ll also be visible from the carpark.
“It’s really important to work with, and support, local businesses and we shop local where we can.”
The couple decided to move away from their former careers to open the tea room after Sarah’s father passed away almost three years ago.
Lee added: “After Sarah sadly lost her dad, it gave us the incentive to try something new.
“We never thought it would take off as much as it has.
“We were getting a reputation that you have to always book to be able to come here because we’ve been so busy. So we’re hoping the extension helps us to move away from that.”
Over the past 12 months, the business has gone from strength to strength and has picked up more than 9,000 followers on Facebook.
The tea room has also featured in Teatime Magazine and has been used recently by Portmerion for a photo shoot. It can even be found on movie location listings to use as a back drop for films.
Lee said: “It’s been a lot of hard work to get to where we are. At the start I was putting in 22 hour days to get everything ready. But it’s a pleasure to own and I love every minute.”