Cornwall’s first Laura Ashley tea room opens

UK: The first Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Cornwall, and the sixth in the Laura Ashley collection, has officially opened its doors at The Cornwall Hotel.

The tea room opened to the public following an exclusive event on Friday, 24th May. Laura Ashley artefacts, including one of the earlier prints designed by Laura Ashley, were on display at the launch event. The items were kindly provided by Llangoed Hall Hotel, where they are usually displayed, along with original Laura Ashley wallpaper.

Guests at The Cornwall Hotel can enjoy “an extensive range of mouth-watering sweet and savoury treats, accompanied by a variety of Tregothnan Teas and a selection of Frobisher’s Juices”.

The full menu includes a range of afternoon tea options including vegan, gluten-free, traditional, and a children’s option. A range of freshly prepared sandwiches, handmade patisseries, cakes and scones are all served with fresh Cornish clotted cream. The extensive range of Tregothnan teas will include their homegrown English Breakfast Tea, a refreshing Earl Grey Tea, punchy Peppermint Tea, light and aromatic Afternoon tea, sweet, earthy Chamomile Tea, fragrant Jasmine Green Tea, fruity Red Berry Tea, delicately floral Rose Tea, and the bold Manuka Smoked Tea, all presented in a beautiful tea pot.

The coastal inspired tea room is the sixth in the Laura Ashley collection and the first to open in Cornwall, attracting guests from near and far to celebrate a host of occasions. The tea room is located in the hotel’s main building, at the heart of the estate, and has been decorated in signature Laura Ashley style, “bringing together the quintessence of England with elegant country living”.

Rebecca Coonan, general manager at The Cornwall, said: “We’re so excited that the Laura Ashley The Tea Room is now open! We had a great time celebrating the launch on Friday, ahead of officially opening the doors to the public on Saturday. We can’t wait for guests to enjoy the delicious afternoon tea selection, served in a beautiful coastal inspired surrounding.”

Kay Cullen, Laura Ashley Designer, said: “We could not help but be inspired by the hotel’s beautiful location and the local story of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.  The Cornwall shares many similar stories of past owners and their travels to exotic places. Our aim was to create a reflection of its past and the surrounding grounds, whilst also giving the space a sense of modernity and freshness. To achieve this we have used pops of fiery orange off set with calming blues, mirrored panels to bring in the view and touches of vintage oriental in tea plates and art.”

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