Phileas French

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Phileas French

Phileas French

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September Star: Kavanagh's Tea Room, Oakham, UK


I have been to so many amazing places during my extended book writing and maternity break that I have decided to do a series of September stars to acknowledge some of them. The first one came out of a desire to find a decent spot to break up my A1 journey between Selby family and London home. As previously discussed, gorgeous Stamford is the obvious pitstop but I don't want it to be my full default option. With vague memories of a childhood friend, Andrew Watson, attending Oakham School, I decided to go and look at his alma mater and find a cafe.


Walking around near the wonderful old school buildings, I discovered Kavanagh's Tea Room at 2 Church Passage. It looked like it might have been there for 80 years so I was intrigued to discover it had only opened 13 weeks before. I had a perfect pot of English Breakfast tea and although I abstained from the cakes I could see that they had an excellent and imaginative collection.

Kavanagh's seems to have become an instant neighbourhood staple, with cheery people breezing in to greet each other and staff. I overheard a discussion about a speakeasy event which alone was enough to make me long to repeat the arduous journey between Oakham and North London. The staff were incredibly welcoming and attentive. For anyone seeking a new Rutland delight, this is it.

On the way back to my car I noted with pleasure the plaque celebrating the home of England's smallest man in England's smallest county. Evidently so many things still to discover in this sleepy corner of the Midlands.


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