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There is something extremely luxurious about catching up over an afternoon tea: the sense of endless time and food I think. My favourite places for afternoon tea in Cambridgeshire are collected here. One of the featured being the food of the home-cooked, locally produced Willingham Auctions Cafe.
Based north of Cambridge in the village of Willingham, this cafe is a great coupled with a wander through the auction rooms. This visit, we opted for the afternoon tea- one traditional and one savoury.
Savoury Afternoon Tea:
We start with the sandwiches, though its hard to resist the varying tasty savoury bakes. These bakes include a delicious slice of cheesy quiche, a sausage and pickle roll, a wedge of brie, a scotch egg and freshly baked cheese scones. All served with homemade pickles.
The Traditional Afternoon Tea:
Next to the cakes. A range of home-baked treats here including a cream meringue, blueberry and lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownie and our favourite the Biscotti cake. Fresh fruit is arranged around the cake and offers balance to the indulgence I like to think!
After more chatting and resting time we move on to the scones. These fruit and cinnamon scones are really delicious and force us to eat through the fullness, determined not to waste a bit. I should add here that we were offered a doggy bag to take leftovers home but were clearly enjoying ourselves too much.
All of this washed down with copious amounts of tea; peppermint for both of us this time. It’s worth noting here that the loo is outside but we found that this offered us the chance for a stretch and some fresh air between stages.
This is a very generous and relaxed experience. The cafe is dog friendly too so inclusive for our furry family. Great service and a great place to catch up and over indulge- we will be back!
Willingham Auctions Cafe invited us to review their afternoon tea, but as ever, all opinions expressed are my own.
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Those Long Noses:
I was forever looking for teeth cleaning treatments for dogs until I found the amazing service offered by The FairyDogmother. Keeping the teeth of our long nosed hounds clean is an ongoing battle and one I was losing despite regular brushing with expensive enzymatic toothpastes and them doing plenty of chewing.
The tartar build up on their back teeth was bad and at the tender age of 6 and 7 the vet had started to suggest descaling treatment. I felt like a terrible owner. So we tried the teeth cleaning service at The FairyDogmother.
Using 100% ultrasound cleaning, the treatment is gentle with no brushing or scraping. It uses a motionless gentle clean with a deep clean of the teeth up to the gum line. The tartar peels off in layers to revels the clean teeth. Costing £30 for the initial session, and £15 for each further treatment this was stress (and unlike descaling, anaesthetic) free and music to my ears.
I honestly could not believe the results. Finn’s teeth were in bad condition and he took only 3 sessions before the yukky brown tartar had gone. Jarvis’ teeth were slightly better so he had 2 sessions. They both still have a tiny amount of tartar on their very back teeth now which I keep on top of with regular brushing. This tooth treatment is something that we will use every couple of months to keep their teeth sparkly white.
The Miracle Maker:
But this is not the first miracle that The FairyDogmother had performed on our dogs. A few years back we hit a wall with nail trimming. After trying numerous groomers, the electric filing machines etc etc; even the vet couldn’t trim Jarvis’ claws. They told me to leave them as it was just too stressful for him.
Then our good friends at JK Petcare took him to a (at the time) new local groomer – The FairyDogmother. First try success! We couldn’t believe it. Now a good few years on, we visit regularly for claw trims and they trot in (with slight hesitation) and easily tolerate it. Wow, what a difference!
I’ve watched Kara work her magic with our boys. She is so gentle and kind but holds them firmly so that they feel safe. They love her. One of the local heroes for us dog owners I think! When looking for a dog groomer in Cambridgeshire look no further than the fabulous FairyDogmother.
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