Do you like cake? Tea? Art?
If so, go to 23 Fore Street, Ely between now and the end of the year. There you will find a wonderful new tea shop called Samovar. The homemade cakes are divine, the range of tea is astonishing and the ambience is really cosy. It is also a great new art space and at the moment I have my work exhibited there, along with another artist Chen Xi. The work is for sale and I've done some new works inspired by this exhibition at Samovar. A samovar (see the picture here) is like a big Russian teapot.
The inspiration came when, I was trying to use up pages in an old sketchbook. I was looking through it and found some sketches I'd done when I lived in Russia. They were sketches of St Basil's in Moscow and other churches in St Petersburg. I took the sketches and did some lino cuts based on them. These have been used to create repeated pattern little pictures, like my 'flowers' and 'cells' but with churches instead. I think I'll do some Christmas cards based on them next.
Anyway, back to Samovar. I did not think that I was particularly a tea freak - but I have had my opinion changed by Marta and Sofia at Samovar. They can talk you through all the different types of tea they have and suggest a great cake to go with it. They also do light lunches and even coffee if you insist!! Its on Fore Street - so if you've been to visit the Cathedral then go to the market square and it's just down the hill from there. A welcome rest on the way back to the station.