A TEA room with a difference has opened at the very top of a mansion house near Pershore for visitors who have a head for heights.
Sky Café, a 60 seat tea and cake stop, now sits on the expansive viewing platform 12 metres from the ground on the scaffolding that envelops Croome Court.
The house, at the centre of the parkland, is currently undergoing an intensive Heritage Lottery funded repair and the team at Croome are making the most of having scaffolding around the building.
“We’ve kept the house open as the work continues to repair it, but we’ve really made the most of it by showing our visitors the work first hand” said Jayne Bosley, Croome’s Catering Manager. “We’ve had the scaffolding around the house open for 5 months which has been really popular as the views are so spectacular but we thought we’d go one step further and open a café at the top too!”
The Sky Café is reached via a staircase from the ground floor to the very top of the house, level with the second floor.
The panoramic views at the top take in the Malvern Hills and the surrounding Worcestershire landscape including birds eye views of the temples and follies around Croome.
There is also an indoor space, one of the tower rooms of Croome Court, where the servery is located which has seating for visitors who want some shelter.
“The Café is serving tea, coffee, snacks and cake at the moment” Jayne Bosley added.
“By April we’ll also be providing sandwiches and salads for light lunches which we’re really looking forward to.”
The scaffold and Sky Café is open every day except Tuesdays.
Visitors are encourage to check the National Trust’s website for any closures in extreme weather.
Call 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome for more information.
Visitors can enjoy the fine views available from the Sky Cafe. Picture by Amy Forster Smith
Visitors enjoy Sky Café at Croome. Picture by Amy Forster-Smith