As children in the 60s we used to be taken by our grandparents to Abinger Hammer sometimes on Sunday afternoons. Even if we'd been playing on the green and messing about in the stream we had to look after our Sunday best in order to have tea later at Grimes' Kitchen. We had to have sandwiches first in order to be allowed afterwards to choose cakes from a two-tier stand. As I remember, there were always two cakes each - astounding riches! My grandfather always had the locally-grown watercress in his sandwiches, which was too peppery for me but which my little sister liked. Grimes' Kitchen was intriguing to us because it was on quite a slope and had an very uneven floor. It made the chairs rock and we had to sit very carefully so that they wouldn't move in case we got told off.
In retrospect I think the tearoom must have been a long lean-to down the side of a house. I revisited Abinger Hammer just a few years ago for the first time since the mid-70s. Grimes' Kitchen has gone but there are new houses where it was, with the address Grimes Court. Does anyone else remember the tearoom?
A memory shared byon Mar 3rd, 2014.
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