Everything stops for tea

Marie and David Sibbald at The Village Tearooms in Alnmouth.
Marie and David Sibbald at The Village Tearooms in Alnmouth.

A WARKWORTH man, who was made redundant after 34 years at a tea factory, decided to put his expertise to use, opening a tearoom with his wife.

Maria and David Sibbald opened for business at the Village Tearooms in Alnmouth last month and are looking forward to the lifestyle change.

David, 58, had worked at the Twinings factory in North Shields before production there ended in August while Maria, 56, was a business development manager.

“It was a huge change for both of us, but something more local that we both wanted to do,” said Maria.

“My old job, it’s something you can only do for so long and I visited some beautiful places in the world, but none as beautiful as Northumberland and that’s the truth.

“It’s been very well received in Alnmouth by the local people.

“We realise it will be a quiet winter but hopefully that will get us on our feet and get us established with local people rather than having to just depend on the tourists in the summer.

“We want to get back to the traditional tearoom, serving afternoon tea with a cake stand.”

The Village Tearooms serves a selection of light lunches as well as homemade cakes and scones.

It is open every day except Monday and Tuesday between 10am and 5pm. In the summer Maria and David hope to open seven days a week, 10am to 6pm.