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Published June 10th 2016
A cheap day out- if you keep your hands in your pockets
Let's start with a confession, a confession buried deep within the family vault of secrets...
My 26 year old daughter is a Bing Crosby fanatic and collects all things Bing : DVD's, old records, movie posters, books. She even has a Singing Bing Christmas decoration that is dragged out each December and which sits centre stage in the dining room.
This in part explains my fascination for antique stores. I am always on the hunt for something new relating to the old crooner.
Lavender Hill Antiques, at Shop 4, 187 Middle Street, Cleveland, opened in May 2015. A collectable and vintage retail outlet, speciality collector pieces include Moorcroft, Shelley, Royal Crown Derby and Royal Winton.
Open six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday) from 10am till 5pm, this store has great lighting which allows you to wander around and appreciate the stories that each individual piece on display has to share. Lamps, books, military memorabilia, ornaments, jewellery - there is just so much to see in a small area. Isn't it amazing how old dinner settings and house fittings can jog your memories of days long ago? I'm sure I spied a teapot just like the one my grandmother used for years.
A few doors down from Lavender Hill Antiques is a popular spot for locals to congregate, Cafe Arabica. With both indoor and outdoor seating and open for breakfast seven days a week, this cafe is great for group gatherings or if you are after some solitude.
Both of these outlets are part of the Channel Place Shopping Centre, away from the central business district of Cleveland heading towards the ferry terminal. This means that parking, either in the centre parking bays or on-street, contributes to the cafe being a most viable setting to catch up with friends and family.
On Fridays and Saturday nights Cafe Arabica remains open till 8pm and is licensed as well as being BYO. Family groups make these evenings popular and the menu does take children's tastes into consideration. Being open all day the menu is extensive - cafe food yet extensive
Although my search for Bing was futile, I did locate a new but extremely dangerous winter treat to enjoy with my morning coffee. Have a look at my Begian waffle with maple syrup and ice-cream. (Warning: massive portion size, not to be attempted without parental supervision).