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14.11.11 - PRESS RELEASE

posted 14 Nov 2011, 00:48 by Maria Whiteman   [ updated 14 Nov 2011, 00:49 ]


· New Clifton village tea rooms and sewing café opening 16 November
· Offering inventive brunch dishes, sumptuous afternoon teas and Christmas fare
· Parlour workspace offering sewing machines for hire and sewing workshops
· Located at 9 The Mall, Clifton, BS8 4DP

· and twitter @SewTeaCake

A new tea rooms opening just in time for Christmas in the ever-popular and genteel streets of Clifton village will offer shoppers and visitors a truly unique experience.

Cordial & Grace, a modern tea rooms and sewing café located on The Mall will bring an entirely new experience to the village. Customers will be able to sample a full festive afternoon tea in the elegant, smartly decorated and brightly coloured tea room, rent a sewing machine by the hour in the downstairs parlour, or simply pop in to grab a quick coffee and cake. Unique to the Village, Cordial & Grace will also sell a selection of hand-picked fabrics and haberdashery.

Cordial & Grace will open its doors on 16 November offering inventive brunch dishes and sumptuous afternoon teas complete with a range of carefully selected loose-leaf teas, homemade cakes and, and fairly traded coffee, all of which can be accompanied with a glass of Prosecco or wine, as the premises are licensed. Great importance has been placed on sourcing food and drink from local suppliers wherever possible.

In the lead up to Christmas, the new tea rooms will also offer a selection of Christmas-themed treats and drinks so that weary shoppers can pop in from the cold to rest their feet and experience a little seasonal joy.

Owner Maria Whiteman commented: ‘I am delighted to be able to share my passion for sewing, tea and cake with Clifton. It’s been a long-held dream of mine to open such an establishment and I am so excited to have found the perfect ‘posh’[1] premises in Clifton, which has been my home for over 10 years. I hope to welcome a range of visitors, such as those dashing in for a quick cuppa and slice of cake, those enjoying brunch with the morning papers, those who fancy a glass of wine (or bubbles) with their cake, as well as the full afternoon tea experience. I’m also hoping the space will take the fear out of using a sewing machine and inspire people to discover the joys of simply being creative in the downstairs parlour.

‘There’s something quintessentially British about afternoon tea which I think combines perfectly with the current, growing trend for handmade goods and craft-focused experiences. And what’s more enjoyable than a slap-up tea after an hour or so making something.’

From January, Cordial & Grace plans to offer a full range of sewing and craft workshops in its specially designed, well-lit basement parlour. Until then the sewing machines will be available to rent by the hour for novice and expert sewers alike, with experienced sewing staff on hand to help. There will also be a few festive themed workshops held in December.

Maria added: ‘Now is the right time to tap into the growing move away from throwaway, fast food and fashion, but I wanted Cordial & Grace to offer something beyond the more recent trend for shabby-chic, vintage or homemade goods. I see it as a move towards handmade, rather than homemade. People still want their little luxuries here and there so, at Cordial & Grace, we offer them both.

Cordial & Grace will be open as follows:
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm for brunch, teas, coffees and snacks, and a full afternoon tea.
Sewing machines will be available to hire by the hour Monday to Sunday 10am to 2pm, Monday to Wednesday 2pm to 6pm with the potential to extend this into the evening if there is demand for after-work sewing

The downstairs parlour will also be available for private hire and the whole premises are available exclusively for special events such as hen parties, private dining and children’s birthdays.

Maria plans also to welcome other craftspeople to host workshops.

Maria concluded: ‘I wanted to call it Cordial & Grace to exemplify the warm and gracious welcome all customers can be assured when they visit. I also wanted the name to reflect the elegance and quality of food, drink and decor that we will be offering. It’s come a long way since its days as the Indian restaurant, Posh Spice!’

Cordial and Grace can be found on twitter @SewTeaCake


Notes to editors:
For more information, for interviews or images, please contact owner, Maria Whiteman, on, 07775 448 675 or twitter: @cliftonmia or PR, Lisa Mann, on 07766 143636

About Cordial and Grace
Cordial and Grace is a modern tea rooms and sewing café located on The Mall in Clifton village, Bristol, BS8 4DP. Founded in 2011, owner Maria Whiteman aims to provide a space to welcome and bring together a range of visitors for sewing, tea and cake. The upstairs modern tearooms offer a range of dining and tea / coffee possibilities, the downstairs parlour has a number of sewing machines available to hire by the hour. From January 2012 Cordial and Grace will also offer a full calendar of sewing and other handmade craft workshops. There is also a selection of seasonally changing, hand-picked haberdashery and ribbon for sale.

[1] *the premises was formerly the ‘Posh Spice’ Indian restaurant.

26-Sept-11 - Announcing the location & opening of Cordial & Grace

posted 25 Sept 2011, 14:38 by Maria Whiteman   [ updated 25 Sept 2011, 14:57 by Maria Whiteman ]

I am delighted to be able to tell you that I am finally holding the keys to the perfect 'posh' premises in Clifton village. If you are familiar with The Mall street, you probably know it as 'Posh Spice', which at the moment is looking a bit tired round the edges. We are busy transforming it into a delightful new space and I can't wait to welcome you in to show you! We will be opening in November, so not long now, please look out for more details in the next few weeks.

18-Jul-11 - Pop-Up Sewing Workshops - change of date

posted 18 Jul 2011, 03:47 by Maria Whiteman   [ updated 25 Sept 2011, 14:41 ]

The pop-up sewing workshops at the Clifton Club in Bristol will now be held on Tues 9th & Thurs 11th August. Whilst I am waiting for the tea rooms and sewing cafe premises to become ready for occupation I am holding a few pop-up workshops at the Clifton Club. I will be providing the sewing machines and all the materials so all you need to do is book your place and come along. You'll have 3 hours of fun, using a sewing machine and chatting to kindred stitchers and you'll leave with your very own handmade item! So, if you fancy making some bunting or a very useful drawstring bag please read the workshops page for more details.

04-Jul-11 - Launch of the Cordial & Grace website

posted 3 Jul 2011, 15:24 by Maria Whiteman   [ updated 18 Jul 2011, 04:04 by Maria Whiteman ]

The Cordial & Grace website goes live on 4th July 2011 to coincide with announcing the first workshops. More details about the workshops can be found under the SEW tab or by using the Workshops link in the right-hand sidebar.
Please let me know what you think about this website and my plans for Cordial & Grace through adding a comment on this page or emailing me directly at  
Thanks, Maria x

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