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Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre

Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

M's masterpiece illustrating the tea we drank at Jodrell Bank

M's masterpiece illustrating the tea we drank at Jodrell Bank

I’ve never been to Jodrell Bank before which is surprising as it’s just the kind of place we used to go to on family holidays. Jodrell Bank is part of the University of Manchester and has huge, I mean HUGE, radio telescopes. The visitor centre explains what they do and then there’s a cinema where you can watch a 3D film about a journey to Mars. We also saw ‘Bigger than big’ which showed all the planets in relation to each other and to the sun etc. It made my mind hurt.

It also has a cafe which, naturally, we drank tea in. As the telescopes at Jodrell Bank work using radio waves it asks you to turn off your mobile phones. This meant that I couldn’t take a photo of the tea as I use the camera on my mobile phone. M was not impressed at this excuse and decided a pictorial representation of tea was needed. Picking up a flyer from a nearby table and borrowing a biro, she proceeded to draw the tea. I can’t do the postmodern masterpiece produced justice as I don’t have a scanner, but I hope the photo gives you some idea of the genius of the drawing.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Tea bags.
Milk jug? Plastic pots.
Price? 80p I think.
Cake? Some, mainly packet biscuits.
Go again? Yes.


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Thorntons Cafe, Altrincham

61 George Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1RN

Tea and rich chocolate gateaux at Thorntons Cafe

Tea and rich chocolate gateaux at Thorntons Cafe

As you probably know, Thorntons is a chain of chocolate shops. I had heard tell that there were some shops that had cafes in, but I’d never seen one, until now. M and I were in Altrincham by mistake: we got lost and decided to stop for a cup of tea and a wander before trying to set off again. We also checked a map in Waterstones to find out where to go. Anyway, we were looking for somewhere for a cup of tea and when I saw this Thortons cafe I jumped at the chance to try it out. We ordered a pot of tea for two and a piece of rich chocolate gateaux.

Thorntons don’t give you a biscuit with your tea or coffee, they give you a a chocolate, which seems a much better idea to me. The cake we had was stunningly rich and that was just what we needed.

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? Tea bags.
Milk jug? A little jug each.
Price? £1.65 each for tea.
Cake? Any kind, as long as it’s chocolate.
Go again? Yes.