Breakfast Meeting Sunday July 15

18 June 2018

Report: Breakfast meeting at The Waterwheel Tearooms

Our Section’s Breakfast Meetings are always popular and very well-attended so we organised another one! The venue we chose this time round was and is pretty special.

The Waterwheel Tearooms and Bistro in Howden is situated at Barnhill Moat Farm, which was a former monastery that dates back to the sixteenth century. The buildings in which the Tea room, Orangery and the old-fashioned sweetshop are housed are intentionally meant to look like they’ve stood there as long as the farmhouse itself, thanks to their characterful design and carefully chosen reclaimed materials.

The cast-iron roof and ornate roman pillars which are in the Orangery were rescued from the Roman Baths in Harrogate more than thirty years ago. The beautiful working Waterwheel’ from which the tea room takes its name, was shipped down to Yorkshire from Scotland fifteen years ago and sits on an ancient Moat that flows around the property. ​

The Tea room is full of reclaimed and vintage materials. The exquisite enamelled ceiling tiles and signs were sourced from a French bistro in Paris that had been damaged by fire and there’s a vast collection of motoring memorabilia on display. And so it was that a good number of us took breakfast on a lovely sunny Sunday morning in July. As well as our usual ‘regulars’ we were pleased to welcome first-timers Rob from Selby and Clive from Beverley to our meeting. There was a fine selection of Alfa Romeos in the car park at the venue, some of which have been captured on camera here by Nicholas Williamson.

Summing up, it was an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning with like-minded friends. And the Waterwheel Tearooms? Our verdict: ☆ Excellent food ☆ Very helpful and friendly staff ☆ Lovely old car memorabilia and sweet shop.

We’ll be back later on in the year.

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