Hotels, Lodgings & Restaurants: Tin Tabernacle Tearoom
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A couple of summers ago, on our annual trip to the UK, I dragged my family on a three-hour detour to visit Bailey's Home and Garden in the West Country, and it did not disappoint. Owners Mark and Sally Bailey (authors of Recycled Home and Simple Home ) have deftly applied their philosophy of "repair, reuse, rethink" to Whitecross Farm: a collection of sheds and barns housing their well-sourced household wares and recycled finds from their travels. Since then, the Baileys have added the Tabernacle Tearoom to the grounds, serving morning and afternoon tea to visitors and making a detour even more attractive. Above: The Tabernacle Tearoom pays homage to the tin tabernacles that popped up in the British countryside during the Industrial Revolution as temporary churches and schools. Above: A wooden cross above the door hints at the building's original ecclesiastic purpose. Above: Rows of stools and tables create an informal "aisle." Above: A wooden "altar" with offerings of cake and biscuits. Above: Teatime offerings include cakes and scones. Above: Simple wood-topped tables with reclained stools for seating.