Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Our Pick: Best 5 Vintage Vans For Sale September

With summer still hanging on in there for some of us in the UK, we thought we'd round up our favourite vintage vans out there for sale.

1. Morris Austin J2

This is Annie, a vintage camper which has been refurbished inside to a 1960's diner style with red leather swivel seats. A gorgeous head turner, this would be fantastic for nipping off for a weekends camping. On eBay for £9750, she starts first time and has 78k on the clock.

A 1970 Citroen H van on eBay for £10500. It has been restored in France to a catering spec and comes with a full MOT and paperwork to register it with the DVLA. 

Our favourite type of van, this is a Peugeot J7 like our Albert, that used to be a camper but it now stripped inside ready for refitting by its new owner. A 1978 model, so one of the latest as they stopped making this model in 1980 to start making the J9, she has no papers for the UK so would need some work doing. On eBay with a starting bid of £1500, these vintage vans are a great buy for people on a small budget. 

On Car and Classic for £4800, this 1965 Bedford van is a good runner with a diesel Perkins engine. Located in Malta, it has its logbook but no papers for the UK. I love the colour of the dash inside the cab!

Bedford CA panel van For Sale (1965)

Bedford CA panel van For Sale (1965)

Bedford CA panel van For Sale (1965)

5. Peugeot J7 Diesel Long Wheel Base

Another lovely J7 but this one is in a rather beaten up condition. A long wheel base 1977 version which has been extended into a monster of a van. Imagine parking this in town! On Car and Classic located in the Netherlands for £4900. 

Peugeot J7 very long model Durisotti For Sale (1977)

Peugeot J7 very long model Durisotti For Sale (1977)

Peugeot J7 very long model Durisotti For Sale (1977)

Monday, 29 September 2014

Yorkshire Whitby: Rusty Shears

Leaving the best until last, our final review from our lovely holiday in Yorkshire is of our now most favourite tearooms of all time, The Rusty Shears in Whitby. Whitby itself is a true seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire at the mouth of the River Esk. It is where the British explorer Captain Cook learnt his seamanship and where tourism started during the Georgian period.

Found on a chance trip in search of Bay Town Coffee which we got a taste for, and gifts for friends and family we wondered down one of the old town streets. Happening to look into an entrance with the sign hung above, we saw what was the most inviting tearooms yet.

A walled garden with a menagerie of trees and plants surrounding the wooden seating just called for us to come in. Recently opened, the tea room had a very authentic, vintage theme and was done with sophistication and class but no pretentiousness about it all. We immediately fell in love with it. 

As soon as we walked in we felt welcomed. There was an array of freshly made cakes on offer, specialty teas and a range of coffees as well as a menu of light lunches and evening meals. 

The counter itself is eye catching with its subtle painted wood work with great looking chalk board menus with bright pendant lights illuminating the serving area. 

The owner was immediately obvious, making a point of welcoming us and of course tempting us with cake! The inside seating was just as welcoming as outside with mis matched chairs and tables, gorgeous wall papered walls with vintage touches such as the lampshade lights and large gold mirror. 

After a good peruse of the menu, Ollie chose a pot of jasmine tea and whilst I opted for a Latte. Settling ourselves in the window seat as the inside had just as much charm as the courtyard outside, we didn't have to wait long for our drinks to arrive.

It felt like a place you could sit for hours and not feel unwelcome, whether you were there just for a drink or a meal. Another great feature for the evening was its interest in speciality gins which was unusual in itself. A long list of gins are on offer, however we refrained from trying any out. 

Inside there was always something to notice whether a wall hanging, a quirky lampshade or dresser, every small detail was a reason to love it more. 

Although it was full of quirky vintage touches and used vintage china, it wasn't as twee as Miss Mollets Tearooms but neither was it as modern at The Dolls House

The leaf tea was a great standard which we were expecting, seeing as they had an extensive range on offer. The latte was great too, definitely on par to the quality and taste of the lattes I have had at Loaf in Sandgate. All crockery used was vintage and all mis-matched like at Juliets, with a cute little bone china tea  pot. 

After a while the cake became all too tempting and the owner convinced me into purchasing, as he said, the largest portion of the key lime pie. It was amazing! Great value for money, the standard was impeccable, served on a vintage gold edged plate with vintage cake fork, which all added to the experience.

An added bonus to the tearooms is the small shop attached at the side, in which I couldn't resist buying a necklace. Laid out like someones house, there was a lot offer from scarves, handmade cards, bags, vintage crockery, paint and much more besides. A great place if in search of gifts or just a treat for yourself!

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
Overall this isn't a visit if you're in the area kind of place but a place where you should make a point of visiting. It was surrounded in good luck cards  on windowsills and surfaces from family and friends supporting them in their new venture but they certainly don't need it! If I were to imagine a tea room that I would dream of opening it would just like this. It has character, unique style, super friendly owners and a cosy homelike family friendly atmosphere along with fantastic food and drinks. This is our favourite tearooms in the whole of the UK so far and one that will be hard to beat!

3 Silver Street

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Yorkshire Thornton Le Dale: Lavender Tearooms

Another review from our holiday in Yorkshire in from the village of Thornton Le Dale. A beautiful little village with its picturesque cottages dotted along the gently flowing stream that winds its way through the village. After taking a walk to follow the stream and admire the views of the moors and valleys that consume this hidden little gem we had worked up an appetite and came across a very inviting little tea shop in the centre of the village called the Lavender Tearooms. 

With outside seating on a beautifully sunny day it was a must. It definitely played on its name with lavender surrounding the seating area that attracted butterflies and bumble bees and it was obviously a very popular location as almost all seats were full by the time we placed our order. 

It had a very traditional Yorkshire feel to it, very welcoming and friendly, old sandstone buildings surrounded by the bustling village square, horse riders passing by as well as locals and tourists alike. The service was similar to the other locations with a no fuss 'take a seat and we will come to take your order asap' which was proving very efficient. We placed our order of a classic pot of Yorkshire tea (to suit the location) with a cheese scone, chutney and cream cheese while he chose a filter coffee paired with a croissant.

The coffee was of a good standard - similar to that of Flax & Twine, and the tea's winning feature was the tea pot with its woollen, lavender tea cosy. The quirky little features playing with the name were not over the top, they had just enough to add charm and a selling feature to what could be just a standard tea stop. 

The scone and croissant was obviously fresh and homemade. Both were delicious but again the tea and coffee were pretty standard. However the selection of teas were far wider than that of Flax and Twine so if you were local it would definitely be worth a second trip for some more sampling. 

The Veridict?
When the bill arrived - in a lavender coloured wallet obviously, it was good value for money, even going as far as saying cheap! The tea tasting visits were definitely seeming to be of better value than similar locations at home. Overall a picturesque little tea room that had an almost cute play on its name with all the lavender features, cleverly adding to its appeal. Definitely a tea room worth a visit if in the area, now I just need to save enough money to buy my dream holiday cottage along the stream and I can get started on sampling the other teas that are on offer!