From cashing up to cakes up

Shepherd's Hall Tearoom in Lealholm which opens on Friday''w121112c
Shepherd's Hall Tearoom in Lealholm which opens on Friday''w121112c

GOING from working in a bank to opening a tea room might seem like a radical step but for Gill Jesson it was a realisation that life is too short.

After beating breast cancer she decided the time was right to make some lifestyle changes and fulfil a dream of opening a teashop in the countryside.

So, today the Shepherd’s Hall tearooms in Lealholm are set to re-open after being closed for three years.

After giving the premises a bit of a makeover the tearooms are set to re-open today and will be serving coffee, cakes and afternoon tea – all on vintage china.

Part of the shop will also be a craft gallery with items for sale.

At the moment the tea rooms will be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the first May bank holiday when they will be extended and there will also be extended opening hours over the Easter weekend.

Gill grew up in Lythe but lived in Whitby for 20 years and worked at the old Midland bank before moving south.

After her battle with cancer she decided on a change of lifestyle and returned to the coast.

She said: “I am one of the lucky ones and thought I might as well be happy and do something I want to do.

“I am a bit nervous but really looking forward to it.”