Watts for Tea is owned and run by Peter and Michelle Lenton who are both experienced food business managers having successfully managed kitchens, restaurants, and bars throughout the UK. The name of Watts comes from Michelle’s Mothers side of the family.
A brief note from Peter
I have been a chef for over 30 years and have worked in a variety of environments including hotels, corporate catering and conference centres. Although I am a chef I enjoy simple pleasures in food and would rather have a hearty serving of homemade nosh rather than posh nosh. Nothing is ever too much trouble so please ask if you would like something different. This chef does not bite!!!
A brief note from Michelle
I spent many years working in catering in a variety of environments including pubs, hotels and social clubs. Most recently I was an office manager for an IT support and unified communications company. I love to bake and seeing peoples delight when they taste something that I have made really makes my day. Peter and I hope that you will join us for a cuppa and some homemade goodies in comfy surroundings.
The Watts for Tea philosophy is simple – to offer homemade food that tastes great served in surroundings that make you feel at home. Working with local suppliers ensures that Watts for Tea contributes to the local economy. Some of these include Dennetts Ice Cream, J Shaws Vegetable Merchants, Crawshaws Butchers, Saints & Sinners Preserves and Myers Bakery.
While our main focus is the tea room, we offer essential items in the compact village shop such as milk, bread, eggs, cheese and butter.
Preloved materials have been used for the renovations where possible, including the hard core under the car park which is made up of materials from the RAF Waddington runway, and a servery counter created from the base of the altar of the Skegness Methodist Chapel. Furniture and fixtures are made up of a mix of new and refurbished items.
We wish to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the following persons and organisations that have helped to make our dream a reality. Firstly, a huge amount of gratitude goes to the Watts for Tea Customers for their support and encouragement while we were housed in the Grainthorpe Village Hall prior to our official opening. Without the support from Finance for Enterprise who shared our vision the project would not have got off the ground. Also a big thanks to builders Rodden and Cooper who managed the project for us and gave us the benefit of their years of experience, Gas-Solve plumbers, the lads from GRS Electrical, the plasterers, roofers, and painters, who all helped to get the project finished. Thanks also to the Grainthorpe and Conisholme Village Association for allowing us to rent the Grainthorpe Village Hall to operate our business from on weekends prior to our opening in February 2016.