I was taking five minutes out from my much needed office sorting day yesterday when I spied a comment on FaceBook from the Boston Tea Party (in Salisbury) An invitation to enjoy the Monday when all the kids had gone back to school. Except mine hadn't...
So, working on the theory that if I made a comment I'd have to deliver on it, I apologised for not being able to make it yesterday, but said I would be in today instead. The idea of the hot chocolate and home made cookies was just too strong.
When you walk in you are met with the delicious smell of coffees, teas, home baked goodies and the warm greetings of Thom (the assistant manager) and Joe, the Latte crafter extraordinaire. I also met, fleetingly, the lovely Imogen, who, I found out, had posted the initial comment on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/salisbury.btp?ref=ts&fref=ts) She was running about non stop baking the lovely cookies and other tasty morsels.
Your first decision, if you can get past the cake counter, is what drink to have... Lots of teas and coffees, and not forgetting the hot chocolate (which I was on a promise for).
But very soon you're tempted back to the naughty treats that are there to tempt you off your diet. But I figured that as I was meeting my friend there, she could have my calories and I'd have hers, that way they didn't count.
The atmosphere of the Boston Tea Party is relaxed, welcoming, friendly and just pretty all round wonderful really.
When I moved to Wiltshire back in April (2012 - I can say last year now) I met up with my friend, Louise, to have a nosy around Salisbury and a good old catch up. We spent our lunchtime in the BTP, so it seemed right that it was Louise I was going to share my "the kids have gone back to school, yippee" moment with.
We both opted for the hot chocolate and a slice of spiced apple cake.
AND - Oh My Goodness - how lovely was this! The hot chocolate was the kind that has a little bit of bitterness it is so it's not too sweet, and the cake, moist, full of flavour and just yummy. (very very yummy). Loaded with apples, spices and walnuts.
But one of the best bits was watching Joe, (you remember him, the Latte crafter extraordinaire....) create some stunning art on the tops of the drinks
I got the impression that he could have done this all day long. He had great pride in his creations, to the point where one of the hot chocolates didn't look as good as the other, so he made another one for us. Wonderful!
One of the things that the BTP is also known for is their "tell us what you think" board, which is right by the counter. It's amazing to see how people have expressed their thoughts, sometimes in words, often in doodles and drawings. I asked Thom and Joe to point out their favourites, but really, the best thing is for you guys to pop in yourself, order a drink, a bite to eat and add your own thoughts to their board.
I know that I haven't met all the team at BTP Salisbury but I'm sure I will when I pop in again then next time I'm in town, after all, there's always time for a hot drink, with friends.
My thanks to Thom, Joe, Imogen and all the team I haven't met yet. I'll see you guys soon