Later this month my stepmother will celebrate her 80th birthday and so, as a surprise, we arranged an afternoon tea party at Davenports an award winning tea room voted Cheshire's best.
And it was a huge surprise, she was thrilled to bits!
Davenports is situated just a few miles from the quaint village of Daresbury where parsons son Charles Dodgson was born in 1832.
This local lad however is better known as Lewis Carroll author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass".
Davenports tea room is themed around the Alice books with murals on the walls, games, memorabilia and ephemera.
They also hold several themed Mad Hatter's Tea Parties throughout the year.
However, for our birthday girl we chose a quintessential English Tea which included several three tier cake stands holding a wonderful selection of sandwiches, savouries and cakes, a special tea menu and freshly made scones.