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On our return journey from North Wales.......


Having stopped at a small nursery not far from Penybont ,we asked where the nearest coffee shop was.We were directed to The Thomas Shop which is a unique venue offering self catering,local arts and crafts and a tea room.Deeply embedded in the history and culture of Radnorshire the shop is a unique blend of the old and the new….the museum shop will excite nostalgia for those who remember a time when shopping was a cultural experience. Local skills ,arts and craft are shown in the Laundry and Pressing galleries.
The owner was most charming.He was originally from Ireland but had been living there for 20 years.
We indulged in a very large slice of Victoria sponge each ..whilst we were eating it was impossible to divert our eyes from the room and its collections…it was the querkiest tearoom I’d ever visited but one to which I would return if I lived nearer.

A stand of bookmarks for sale!!!

Skeleton at the window?? Of course what else !

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Looks interesting - that is some slice of cake!!! You were heading down towards our neck of the woods there! Did you get anything nice at the nursery?

2 Oct, 2021


It's a very strange mix; food and relics. Seeing the skeleton it looks like the imagination is given full-rein.

3 Oct, 2021


What a brilliant place! I agree with Anget..that skeleton ads a real mystery to it! That huge slice of cake is making my mouth water Julia!
I enjoyed looking at all of this! Thanks for sharing!

3 Oct, 2021


loved this blog meadow. Nothing wrong with skeletons at the window. I have a range of animal skulls on a windowsill. Kept the little kids away especially at Halloween.

That cake looks amazing. Must go and make one.

when I saw Penybont I immediately thought but that is Bridgend in S Wales as Victoria was there for a year. But that is spelt Pen-y-bont. How weird is that?

3 Oct, 2021


It's nice to see somewhere different :)

3 Oct, 2021


That seems like a real quirky place to visit.

4 Oct, 2021


Very quaint and quirky indeed! I’ll bet you were charmed to find this gem!

4 Oct, 2021


I found four different Pen y Bonts on Google! The one in Radnorshire is a bit too far north for a special visit from where we live. It just means head (or end)of the bridge,which explains why there are so many! (There's also Bridgend, lol) The little cafe looks well worth looking out for.

4 Oct, 2021

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