Pinnies and Pearls

VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEAS AND SPECIAL EVENT CATERING

For fun, for celebrations or to mark all life's special occasions, treat yourself and your friends to an exclusive afternoon tea party prepared to your personal requirements, brought to your home and served by us, the Pinnies and Pearls ladies. We are four friends who love baking and making occasions really special.

We also cater for: 

 Tea parties with an extra sparkle!

Tea parties with an extra sparkle!

  • corporate events
  • and bake delicious special occasion cakes

We are experienced in catering for everything from birthdays, christenings, hen parties to weddings and wedding anniversaries. We also provide suitable catering for funeral teas.

We are enthusiastic and thorough about everything we do and always deliver to the highest possible standards. Just tell us your requirements and we will do the rest leaving you time to relax and entertain your friends. To get in touch either give us a call or contact us online and we will get back to you. 

Phone

07799 455 717

Location

Harrogate,
North Yorkshire

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea
— Henry Fielding

Our Afternoon Teas

Using only the finest, freshest ingredients we can serve perfect afternoon teas at your home or at your event. Enjoy an array of delicious finger sandwiches, savouries, scones and individual cakes baked especially for you. Choose from our Classic afternoon tea or our more savoury Gentleman's tea. With our vintage mis-matched bone china teacups and plates, silverware and embroidered table linen we will create an individual and charming setting for you to enjoy that special occasion.

Our tea parties include:

   Personal consultation before the event

  Three course tea consisting of a selection of home made finger sandwiches and savouries, scones and cakes

 Selection of leaf tea and freshly ground coffee served in vintage silver coffee and teapots

 Fresh garden flower arrangements on every table

    Bunting (if required)

 Other alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic drinks can be served by arrangement

    All served by us, the Pinnies and Pearls ladies, to create a traditional English setting evocative of yesteryear but with a modern twist

 We can also offer extras to suit your event. Would you like your tea-leaves read so you'll know your future happiness and success? Or perhaps a quiz to keep the mind sharp? Or how about a lively presentation on the story of tea with a demonstration of how to take afternoon tea Downton Abbey style? Some of our customers like to delve into our small dressing up box and take photos through our gilded frame! 

If any of that sounds like fun, we would be happy to make your party  even more special, just let us know

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn’t try it on.
— Billy Connolly

Weddings and Corporate Events

We can cater for up to a hundred and thirty guests for a wedding afternoon tea, executive functions and staff meetings. In fact when you need something that little bit different to impress, delight or just surprise friends, co-workers, clients or customers, you can call on us. We can offer:

  • A vintage tea party experience

  • Bespoke cupcakes

  • Talks

  • Quizzes

  • Tea leaf readings

Everything is tailored to your needs to ensure the success of your celebration or event. A free planning consultation is included in the price.

 Finishing touches before the guests arrive.

Finishing touches before the guests arrive.

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose.
— George Gissing

Who we are

We are three friends who love baking and making occasions really special. With impeccable service we pride ourselves on providing an individual service to meet your needs.

 

 Lynda, Vicky and Roz

Lynda, Vicky and Roz

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
— Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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Testimonials

  •  "Just a note to thank you for all your hard work to make our son and daughter-in-law's wedding tea so lovely. Your attention to detail was fabulous and when we knew you were sorting everything it just was so great and enabled us to concentrate on other areas. Everyone loved the tea, thanks so much..and for all the little extras !" Tracy and Steve, Harrogate, September 2018

  • "Just a little note to say thanks to you all for last Saturday. It was all lovely. The place settings looked fab and all the food was delicious. You could really see the the attention to detail with everything and everyone said how nice it was. We were so happy with it all" Tanya, York, June 2018

  • "We were delighted with all that Pinnies and Pearls delivered. The table settings transformed the rather ordinary Village Hall into something special." Barbara and Bill, Otley, May 2018

  • "From the onset Pinnies and Pearls were professional yet friendly......a pleasure to deal with. The tea party surpassed my expectations it was extremely pretty with beautiful vintage table settings and so delicious. ''Wendy, Knaresborough, January 2018

  • "Thank you so much for the wonderful afternoon tea served to our 35 Rotary caravanners on Saturday. Their expressions as they arrived and saw all the beautiful silver, crockery, pretty table settings and bunting was a joy! The food was expertly prepared, plentiful and the cake stands full of cup cakes and other fancy items were a picture.Your friendly, efficient service dressed in pinnies and pearls an added touch which completed the occasion. We would have no hesitation in recommending you and hope to use your services again. Thank you." Wendy and David, Ripon, September 2017

  • "To the wonderful ladies at Pinnies and Pearls, Thank you for making our wedding day so special. I just wanted to thank you so much for taking the stress out of our catering. You helped to make our day spectacular. The hall looked beautiful with all the china, bunting and flower arrangements. The food was perfect and the service you provided second to none. We would definitely recommend you to others. " Matthew and Emma, September 2017
  • "Thanks again for Saturday. Your attention to detail, wonderful equipment and efficiant service made my special day even more special. Every guest had great things to say about all you ladies and your brilliant business." Cath, Batley, May 2017  
  •   "Just wanted to say how wonderful we thought your team was last Saturday.  The food was lovely and so well delivered.  Our guests were really impressed with your explanations and then tucked in very happily.  Many thanks for making it a great occasion." Greg and Ann, Scriven, April 2017  
  • "The food was delicious, beautifully presented and served with such care and attention. I couldn't have asked for better caterers: Pinnies and Pearls were my Wedding day dream team making sure everything was just perfect!" Marguerite, Wetherby, September 2016                                                                                                                  
  • "Just wanted to say how well it went on Sunday and to say a big thank you to you and to all the team for helping us to make it a successful event. There were lots of compliments for the food and for the team. The sandwiches were perfect. The Eccles cakes were deemed to be great! The Carrot cake was the best many people had enjoyed. Lots of people said how delicious the Falafels were. Altogether everyone was delighted. All the food that was left over has now been eaten too! Thanks for all the flexibility and effort you invested in helping us get this right" Philip, June 2016
  • "I just wanted to say a huge thank you once again for the smashing job you did for us today. The layout was gorgeous and the food was divine. I'll definitely be recommending you to others" Michelle, June 2016
  • "Thank you so much for making Mum's 90th birthday party so special. Have had loads of messages thanking us. Have just come back from a 70th birthday lunch where a number of the girls who were at the tea came up to me and said how lovely things had been. Others had heard how tremendous the party had been. Many thanks again for a superb afternoon." Angela and Rosie, North Leeds, May 2016
  • "I just wanted to say a big thank you for making our wedding day so enjoyable! Everyone loved your tartlets, sandwiches and cakes, we received many positive comments. My mum has asked me to pass on her compliments, she particularly liked the rose water and pistachio cupcakes - they were 'gorgeous'! My favourite was the lemon cupcakes and Dan really enjoyed the mini cheesecakes - his absolute favourite cake!I also appreciated your efficiency with replenishing the cakes and appreciated your assistance with the toast. I will certainly recommend you!" Heather, Bradford, April 2016" 
  • "Thank you to all the Pinnies & Pearls ladies for making it a great occasion. You were all so helpful, charming and perfect! Mum really loved the afternoon." Louise, Harrogate, November 2015
  • "Thank you so much for everything yesterday. Everyone was so complimentary of your service and had throughly enjoyed their afternoon tea. Thanks again for making Chloe's 21st so special." Gill, Tadcaster, August 2015"
  • "Pinnies and Pearls served the most delicious afternoon tea at our son's wedding. From the sample afternoon tea some months before the wedding to the wedding day itself they gave us the most professional service and couldn't have been more helpful and accommodated all our special requests perfectly. All our guests loved the beautiful china, tablecloths and napkins and lots of us wished we took sugar to have an excuse to use those sugar tongs. The sandwiches were delicious and the savoury tartlets scrumptious, as for the cakes ...... Each one a work of art. We'll be looking for an excuse to use you again and thank you for helping to make it a very special day." Clare, Whixley, July 2015
  • "Thank you again for a fabulous afternoon. All of our friends thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was one of the best celebrations they've been to." Sue, Huby, May 2015    
  • "My sister and I were looking for the right people to cater for a special tea party to celebrate our mother's 90th birthday. Vicky and Clare came to discuss it and we were most impressed with their approach and expertise, but that was nothing compared to their professionalism on the day. The immaculate table settings with beautiful china, silver, flowers and embroidered lace table linen, presentation and taste of the food, extra details such as jasmine or mint tea served after the main event, gingham bunting to decorate the entrance, the immaculate state of my kitchen after they had finished, all contributed to making the party unforgettable and very elegant.We would have no hesitation in recommending Pinnies and Pearls to anyone looking for caterers to make a special event, one which they and their guests will remember for a long time."  Dianne and Angela, Scarcroft, March 2014"
  •  Just wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful tea you gave us last night. Everything was perfect from the delicious food right down to the embroidered napkins and vintage butter knives. You'd thought of everything and it was just fantastic. I've had afternoon tea at both Betty's and the Devonshire at Bolton Abbey and yours was better by miles! So thank you once again for helping to make our 65th birthday such a memorable occasion." Sue, Ilkley. August 2014 
  • "We had such a great day and your catering was absolutely perfect!" Amelia and Rob, Bride and Groom, Stamford Bridge, June 2014
  • "Thank you Pinnies and Pearls for making my birthday so memorable! My afternoon tea party was sublime: the table looked so elegant with the beautiful china and silverware; the sandwiches, scones and cakes were delicious, your home made Battenberg and macaroons were to die for! Most of all it was the discreet, friendly but so professional service and attention to detail that made a difference - you are all stars. My guests loved the whole experience and have not stopped raving about the tea party." Sandra, Beckwithshaw, April 2014                                             
Tea does our fancy aid, Repress those vapours which the head invade, And keeps that palace of the soul serene.
— Edmund Waller

How it Works

How to Reserve a Party

Contact Pinnies and Pearls for availability

Deposit

A 20% deposit is required to secure a party. Final payment is due upon completion of the party.

What Area?

We are based in Harrogate and cover the York, Leeds, Bradford, Ripon, Wetherby, Ilkley and Otley areas.

How large can a party be?

We can cater for as few as twelve locally or for up to 130 for vintage tea parties.

RSVP policy and minimum attendance

You will be contacted seven day before the scheduled party date. At that time we shall require a final head count and your final bill will be based on this number. Please include a list of allergies or special dietary requirements at this time.

Cancellations and Changes

The 20% deposit is non-refundable, however we will be more than happy to reschedule your party provided you give us  more than 7 days notice prior to the original booked date for your party.

Food Hygiene Rating

We are very proud to be rated five out of five for food hygiene by Harrogate Borough Council. Our latest inspection and certificate was on 14th January 2017. 

A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.
— Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea

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