The Lake District’s Hazelmere Cafe & Bakery has been named the best place in Britain to get a cup of tea by the UK Tea Council. Judges visited 100 venues and rated them on 17 criteria from decor to crockery. The cafe uses only loose-leaf tea and bakes it’s own food using ingredients sourced locally. Awards for excellence were given to 38 other tea rooms in the Top Afternoon Tea Awards 2006, including six Bettys of Harrogate teashops in Yorkshire
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Sadio Mane is reportedly seeking a move away from Liverpool after being left fuming with Jurgen Klopp for backing Virgil van Dijk to win the Ballon d’Or award back in December.The Senegal international has proved a bargain for Klopp since completing a £34 million switch from Southampton in 2016, scoring 77 goals in 161 appearances for the Reds and playing a crucial role in their Champions League success last term. He has also helped them build up a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League table this season.But according to France Football, Mane is looking to leave Liverpool amid frustration with Klopp over his public backing of team-mate Van Dijk in the Ballon d’Or running.Despite sharing last season’s Premier League Golden Boot with fellow Reds attacker Mohamed Salah and Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the 28-year-old finished fourth in the voting.Van Dijk – who was crowned FIFA Men’s Player of the Year, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and PFA Player of the Year for his 2018/19 efforts – was the bookies’ favourite to add the Ballon d’Or to his collection.In the end the Dutchman was beaten to the prize by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, but Klopp insisted his star defender deserved to win it. “Last season I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender ever. Honestly,” he said.“So it would have been right if Virg won it.” Mane is said to have been left with a “bitter taste” over Klopp’s comments, meaning he is now open to departing Liverpool when the summer transfer window opens.Real Madrid have been linked with a move for the winger, who is under contract at Anfield until 2023.Senegal teammate Keita Balde recently hinted that Mane could leave Liverpool in the near future.Blade said: “I don’t think Sadio Mane wants to stay there his whole life.” It is believed Madrid would need to fork out around £130m to prise Mane away from Liverpool, which would make him the second most expensive player in football history.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoolSadio ManesenegalTransfers
HISTORIC: Architect buying Van Nuys landmark vowing to preserve a bit of the past. When the historic library in Van Nuys was put on the auction block recently, most community members were pessimistic about the future of the 81-year-old building. Many feared that the building – which housed the first library in the area and later the fire department before it was boarded up and abandoned – would turn into another office building in an area already jammed with commercial space. But Tony Nasr, who paid $1.52 million for the building, says his plans for the 1926 building don’t include either demolition or remodeling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The key is to keep the building as is or refresh it a little,” Nasr said. The architect is expecting to close escrow on the property by mid-December. And he said he can’t wait to delve into the old building and start uncovering what he considers to be its hidden treasures. “The first thing I am going to do is rip the carpet out,” he said. “I am sure there has to be hardwood floors under there. “I am also looking for the original light fixtures. Those fluorescent lights will also be gone soon.” Outside of renovating the bathrooms, Nasr said he has no intention of messing with what he considers to be aged perfection. The almost 15-foot-high ceilings will be kept intact, as well as the intricate Mexican stamping and ornate corner details that line the roof. The wooden beams will be polished and a special treatment will be given to the forest carving above the indoor fireplace that Nasr plans to use as a focal point for his open-air floor plan. Nasr, who attributes his affinity for history to his Lebanese upbringing, said he is even open to the idea of housing the burgeoning Museum of the San Fernando Valley in the 2,000 square feet he plans to restore as rental space. Gerald Fecht, president of the museum, said the board of directors had been eyeing the library property ever since it vacated its former Valley College location with intentions of finding its own location. The library would be a perfect locale for the museum because of its location in the heart of the Van Nuys Civic Center and its proximity to public transportation, Fecht said. “The library, for literally thousands of people, represents so much. It was a place where kids did their research and some very important writers used it, too,” he added. “We would like to see that library be a cultural beacon, but if it’s not available, we will continue our struggle somewhere.” Whatever the final results, Nasr said it is a priority for him to find the perfect tenants. “They have to share my vision of the building,” he said. “It will probably take me a little bit of time, but I hope I have enough money to do this exactly like it should be done.” [email protected] 818-713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!