A mum and daughter have achieved their ambition of opening up an elegant tea room in Ilkeston.
Pamela Pouncett, 33, and mum Linda Wood, 58, opened The Vintage Rose tea rooms on South Street on Monday.
The venture has been a dream of the pair for a long time and it all began to fall into place following the closure of Hearts cafe, which used to be based there.
Pamela said: “I originally wanted to do kids’ parties. I was then told about this place coming up for let and mentioned it to mum - a couple of days later we were signing the papers.”
That was at the end of April and they have been busy putting things into place since then to make the place look exactly as they wanted it, including a classic vintage rose theme which is replicated throughout the shop on the tables and walls.
They serve homemade cakes and hot food, such as lasagnes.
Their future plans include opening up in the evenings and a bistro, and possibly having a carvery on a Sunday.
Linda said: “I have always wanted to have a tea room with cups and saucers. Our way of doing it is to add a touch of class. One woman compared us to Laura Ashley”
Pamela said: “We want people from Long Eaton, Belper and other areas to come here.”
The Vintage Rose tea rooms are currently open Monday to Saturday, from 9am, until 4pm.