It all began in 1903 with

two ladies and one dream

Built in the Edwardian period and charmingly named Teahouse in the Woods. First operated by two ladies who were daughters of London clergyman of Dr Williams, Superintendent of the Spa baths, the Misses came each year to manage the Tea House for the season until 1913 when it was reported they had ‘bought it outright’.   

Misses Williams served dainty delicacies to the highest quality dressed in long, lavender coloured gowns with little muslin aprons and picture hats The Williams sisters also sold 

tasteful fancy gifts including their own embroidery and provided a lending library service. Everything about the place was dainty and the delicacies served were of the highest

 

 

 

In the 1940's williams sisters passed the baton on to the next owners Mr & Mrs Harriman.  Alterations where undertaken to the sides and enlargements at the rear of the building. This greatly improved the Tea House and enabled teas and refreshments to be served inside. The Harriman's successfully ran the tea house untill 1973 when they sold to Mr & Mrs Archers. Mary & Toney extended the Tea House further to incorporate a dance floor and raised platform for performers.

Finally after 80 years the Tea House's wooden veranda became in dire need of repair and with the upkeep becoming very costly. The old wooden veranda was replaced with with a more modern, solid, round arcade veranda. The Harriman's final inprovement ( A stone fireplace ) was made in the early 80’s to give the tea house a "country club feel" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quality. The building also housed a tasteful Fancy Goods shop with some of the Misses Williams embroidery on display.The veranda was edged with attractive, slim wooden arches with rustic tables set out on the lawns.

The Teahouse remained a traditional tea house until the turn of the century when the Teahouse became ‘Macauley’s at teahouse in the Woods’ .  The new owners Liz & Simon Macauley installed five new booths along the back wall and one in front of the stone fireplace. An emphasis was put on restaurant meals.

In 2011 Liz and Simon sold the Tea House and move on to buy a local hotel ( Dower House) this left to Tea House to became ‘Ristorante ll Parco’ side-lining the tea house ethos serving Italian meals. The absence of the Tea House was keenly felt and in 2014 the Italian idea migrated successfully to Horncastle.

Woodhall’s oldest traditional Tea House & restaurant was reborn under the stewardship of Natalie & Stephen.

 

 

Behind the building there is a path, running alongside a stream, which stretches past the Petwood hotel grounds and is a pleasant stroll along the side of the Bracken Golf Course.

 
Tea House In The Woods
Spa Grounds, Coronation Road, Woodhall Spa LN10 6QD     Telephone: 01526 354455
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