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Riseley Village Tea Room


Do visit the RVTR website for full menus and opening times www.riseleyvillagetearoom.co.uk



The amazing volunteers at the RVTR, led by Pam Wright, treated many local residents to a truly hearty Christmas meal - Dickensian style- just before closing for a well deserved rest, and to take on some maintenane projects. Everyone ate far too much but simply could not resist the tasty plates!

Musical entertainment was provided by a local family which added a perfect touch to the evening.



The Tea Rooms are re-opening very soon and the volunteers pictured here doing their rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas are very much looking forward to seeing all the regulars again and welcoming many new visitors.




Riseley Memorial Hall was built as a result of fundraising by the villagers of Riseley to provide a hub for the community. As Riseley village no longer has a shop or school that has become even more important. The building is owned and maintained by Swallowfield Parish Council. Over recent years the hall has been underused and was falling into disrepair. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous discussions over the future of the hall but with no positive outcome. At the end of 2012 the preschool, the main source of income, closed and left the hall. The Parish Council appealed in its newsletter for people to come forward with ideas for saving the hall.

A local resident Pam Wright read the article and was motivated to formulate an idea for Riseley Village Tea Rooms. The first step was a lot of research - was this a viable idea? Findings concluded that Tea Rooms are one of the few businesses doing well in this period of recession. Tea is the new ‘Costa’: an ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience is now one of the most popular voucher gifts. Costings and viability were looked at, and the team agreed it was possible to make the venture pay for itself. And so the Riseley Village Tea Rooms idea became reality.

The Tea Rooms

The Riseley Village Tea Rooms (RVTR) operates as a not for profit organisation, and is staffed by volunteers under the supervision of the management team. All future surpluses will go towards expansion of the operation and maintenance of the buildings.

The aims of RVTR are to:

  • Ensure the future of the building known as the Riseley Memorial Hall
  • Improve Riseley for the benefit of the community – providing a meeting place and community hub
  • Unite the community and foster a community spirit
  • Encourage all ages and abilities to help in the running of the Tea Rooms
  • Bring employment to local people
  • Bring tourism into the Parish to help other local businesses and facilities
  • Use the Tea Rooms for community events

Why not join the volunteers and treat yourself to a cream tea with your choice of leaf tea? There are glorious home-made cakes as well as the traditional scones, jam and clotted cream, you could even pamper your family and friends with a champagne afternoon celebration tea for that special occasion.