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In conjunction with Barnet and Southgate College students we are proud to be involved with an exciting, new “pop-up” venture Tea Station, a family friendly, retro inspired tea shop, which opened on January 15th in The Spires shopping centre in Chipping Barnet.

Barnet and Southgate College construction students have helped fit out the shop and most of the staff working at the Tea Station will be students from the College, supervised by experienced retail staff. Catering, hospitality, travel and tourism and business students will all be involved in the venture, with food prepared by Barnet and Southgate College Catering students. For most of the young staff it will be their first experience of the work place. Photographed here, left to right, Sophie Theophanous (Tea Station staff member), Sara Conway (Barnet and Southgate College Catering and Hospitality student) and Annie Hussain (Barnet and Southgate College Professional Cookery and Pastry student).

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The menu will evolve, but on opening Tea Station will offer freshly prepared salads, scones, pastries, tea cakes, a selection of junior food, as well as fine teas and filter coffee. There is even a soft play area for little ones, making it an ideal place to meet up with other families or for parents or carers to have a relaxing break while shopping. More children’s facilities are planned including a baby changing area and children’s toilet. Story times are also in the pipeline and they aim to make Tea Station available on Sunday afternoons for party bookings.

Also opening at the same time is Kids Shop, a shop within Tea Station selling wooden toys, games, alphabet art, books, bespoke nursery art, gift cards and much much more.

“The Tea Station, created in conjunction with local residents and key Love Barnet businesses, is an exciting community venture for our students to be associated with. We have a number of departments involved, from construction to catering, to business and travel and tourism, which is great. I am extremely proud and thankful that different people have come together to give the College students a fantastic chance to experience business and enterprise.”

David Byrne, Principal of Barnet and Southgate College

Tea Station counter

Tea Station salad

Tea Station play area

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