"Take Tea" is a dream that has been in the making for years. It is the realization of a wonderful mixture of memories: cream teas in Letterfrack when I was living in Galway in the 1970's; and a decade later more cream teas in Devon, where I was studying law at the University of Exeter and living in the village of Ide with my two oldest children. Since then I have "taken tea" in many tea rooms, both here and abroad. One favorite memory is of the formal "afternoon tea" that I had in London a few years ago with my husband, two youngest sons and daughter-in-law.
Just as my memories have blended and changed, so has my dream of owning a tea room. Take Tea is not exactly like any of the places I have actually been, but rather is a British style tea room. I hope you come and visit, and love it. ~Nann
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Sara McHugh is the Director of Marketing and Hospitality at Take Tea. Her culinary interest began in high school where she participated in New Britain High School's award winning ProStart program, a two-year industry based culinary and foodservice management curriculum promulgated by the National Restaurant Association. She also competed in Connecticut and national competitions as a member of the NBHS competition team. Nann was her ProStart Instructor!
Sara went on to graduate with honors from CCSU's School of Business with a BA in Marketing. She is eager to merge her passion for culinary arts and marketing to help shape the experience at Take Tea. And her unique connection to serving tea is in her blood:
in 1922 Sara’s widowed Great Grandmother, Elizabeth (Liz) Hogget of Lincoln, England, invested in her own horse drawn tea wagon to support the family. Liz is remembered as a lovely soul always eager to reminisce on her time selling tea, and her favorite regular customer, Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Sara hopes to bring her family's love of tea, and each other, to the patrons of Take Tea.
Jon Shaw completed his graduation requirements from Avon High School in 2018 with National Honor Society recognition. Since then he has attended the Farmington Valley Transition Academy with other students with disabilities. An enthusiastic traveler (and "foodie") he has also "taken tea" in both Ireland and England as well as here in the United States. Jon has spent hours preparing to help in the tea room by earning his ServSafe Foodhandler's certificate and SureSellNow's Responsible Alcohol Server Certificate. He is excited to lend his Mom and Sara a hand at Take Tea.