A TEAROOM in the region has started welcoming back customers outdoors following the easing of lockdown with enormous success. 

Greenhead Tearoom recently reopened on April 12 to customers to enjoy a range of food and drinks outdoors, with local residents having flocked to the location as a result.

Although they only recently reopened to customers to physically sit down outside, they have also tried to adapt over the last year to continue selling products to customers. 

 “We’ve been here since the start of 2019 and then we had a full year of trading before we went into the lockdown,” said Shannon Bell, who owns the tearoom with mum Sandra Wall. 

“Over the last year we just tried to do as and what we can - like if we could be a takeaway we were trying to be. 

“But where we are isn’t a great place for takeaways if you haven’t got tourists. 

“You’re not really in the middle of a town where you have people coming for things - people have to drive here for them but we did do a bit of takeaway.

“We did a lot of treat boxes and takeaway afternoon teas that were also delivered midweek if people wanted.

“Sometimes we had a lot of boxes - up to 100 boxes on special occasions like Valentines or Mothers Day.”

Shannon also went on to explain about some of the products the tearoom offers customers and how the first few days of being re-open to customers outdoors has gone. 

“We have just opened back up again when we could on April 12. We’re having outside seating and takeaway and it’s going well. It’s been busy and it’s good!

“(We sell) all of our own baked cakes, traybakes and freshly baked scones. We have toasties, paninis, sandwiches and different specials each day - for example different soups and sandwich fillings. 

“We do afternoon tea on request on 48 hours notice and hot drinks too and we’ve also just started selling mega monster shakes which have been really popular - they’re a big loaded milkshake with lots of toppings on them.” 

“We just try to think of new things all the time to keep people interested.” 
With the tearoom being a popular place for customers to head to, Shannon went on to add that the business is grateful for the support from regulars who have visited over the last year. 

“We have had a lot of regular customers that come all the time which we love,” explained Shannon. 

“We love having tourists, but we’re really thankful for all our regular customers who have been buying through lockdown and come all the time. 

“It’s really helped us out.”