“OPENING a tea shop is something I always wanted to do,” said Penni Shury-Green, of Rose Green.
And now her dream has come true after she opened her Pagham tea shop on Saturday.
She and her family have worked extra hard over the last eight weeks to revamp and transform the old cycle shop into what is now Little London Tea Shop.
“Between myself and my children, we have worked really hard,” said Mrs Shury-Green, 53.
“I am just a local woman and I always though there was nowhere around here for people to sit in a lovely tea room to have a chat and a cup of tea.”
Her husband, five children and eight grandchildren helped her paint, decorate, and now run the tea shop, which will open seven days a week.
She said friends helped to make curtains and paint the furniture into the shop’s ‘shabby chic’ style, and her collection of china came in handy – she has filled the shop with it.
Championing local produce, the tea shop sells homemade cakes, scones and cupcakes made by a local girl, coffee from Chichester shop Attibassi, and she hopes to start taking orders for bread, teaming up with a local bakery.
She said Saturday’s launch went well, and they offered a free tea with every cake and sandwich.
“Thanks to my husband, children, family and wonderful friends,” added Mrs Shury-Green.
“We have worked around the clock for eight weeks refitting the shop ourselves.
“It was always my dream to run a tea shop – and now I do.”
Visit the new tea shop in Pagham Road, or see www.littlelondonteashop.co.uk to find out more.