On October 12th, I was invited along to a tasty launch event, to mark the official opening of The Joiner’s Shop coffee house and kitchen, in Ingleby Cross. I was lured in by the possibility of sampling flavoured teas, a breakfast menu and a selection of cakes- I wasn’t left disappointed!
Approximately 10 miles south of Teesside, Ingleby Cross is a cute little village that gets a lot of walkers passing through on the Coast to Coast route (Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top). The Joiner’s Shop is set to provide the passing weary travellers with the highest quality, freshly roasted coffees, and speciality loose leaf teas.
The launch event gave David Beattie (pictured right), who also owns North Yorkshire-based Rounton Coffee and Middlesbrough-based Bedford Street Coffee House, the chance to show the community and members of the press everything The Joiner’s Shop has to offer.
We were greeted on arrival with a glass of bubbly (or orange juice for the designated drivers) and a selection of breakfast canapés. After opening its doors for the first time in July this year, the coffee shop has already been named as one of the finalists for Breakfast of the Year, in the 2017 Flavours of Herriot Country Awards. If the eggs benedict canapes were anything to go by, The Joiner’s Shop deserves its place!
Shortly after the breakfast samples came a selection of desserts normally available in the coffee shop, either individually or as part of an afternoon tea selection. They’re all freshly made in the kitchen and as you can probably see, they all looked amazing! I ate way too much but it was totally worth it- would definitely recommend the chocolate gateau!
As a welcome distraction from trying every cake on offer (too hard to resist), The Joiner’s Shop Crew were also offering attendees a crash course in latte art and a bit of friendly competition. My latte art heart wasn’t quite an award winner, but it vaguely resembled the shape…
I wish I liked the taste of coffee as much as I love the smell! Fortunately, there was a loose leaf tasting session available for those who favour the humble cup of tea. The Joiner’s Shop specialises in organic pyramid teas and tisanes, a handcrafted loose leaf tea collection, Storm Tea and a Flavour House Range of scented Teas with fruit pieces and tisanes. If you ever try one tea, let it be the Storm Christmas tea (the red one). It’s yet to be added to the online store but I can promise you it was like Christmas in a cup.
Thanks to The Joiner’s Shop for inviting me along to the launch. I may have to give the Coast to Coast route a chance just so I have an excuse for more gateau!