A vintage rocking horse called Albert is reining in visitors to a Leicestershire village for shopping, meals and afternoon teas, delighting them on all three fronts. Albert’s Archives Vintage & Loved provides retail therapy with antiques, curios and pre-loved items from yesteryear. Albert’s Café provides welcome sustenance throughout the day and Albert’s Tea Room is an all new venture providing a pleasant place to chat over delicious cream teas, sweet treats and coffee.
Handsome Albert presides over all the comings and goings from an elevated central spot, proud to have been rescued and restored after being found in a skip during owner Val Martin’s very first house clearance eight years ago. His rockers were sticking out and at first Val thought he was a chair, but she was won over the moment she looked into his equine eyes and later spruced him up with wax and elbow grease.
Now the retail area in the premises conveniently located off the main road in North Kilworth offers a wide array of aged, antique and shabby chic furniture, collectibles, jewellery, pictures, pottery and quirky objects. The shop is currently undergoing a facelift and the time is ripe for more dealers to rent retail space, from a single shelf or cabinet upwards.
Albert’s Café offers a friendly experience of satisfying, inexpensive meals for breakfast, lunch, take-aways or Sunday roasts with plentiful veg. Popular choices range through cheese burgers and chips, steak burgers, scampi, lasagne, savoury mince & mash and salads. There is always something new on the specials board.
Albert’s Tea Room opened only a few weeks ago, meeting a need for people wanting lighter meals, perhaps scones, cream cakes, or just a refreshing tea, coffee or soft drink.
“People who come here love it,” says Val. “Now we need to get the word out!”