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Tea party - through the looking glass; lightbite CRYSTAL TEA ROOMS, Wordsley.

THE Red House Glass Cone is a great place to take the kids this Easter holiday.

Based in the heart of the Stourbridge glassmaking industry, the 18th century cone reaches 100 feet into the sky and was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936.

The site is now a busy heritage centre hosting exhibitions, events, children's activities, craft workshops and live glassmaking. You can tour through the underground passages and tunnels, and watch the glass artists busy at work.

What's more, entrance is free and the centre is open seven days a week.

The Crystal Tea Rooms are set across the courtyard, which I imagine would make a wonderful location for al fresco dining in the summer.

As it was chilly, we ventured into the cosy cafe for hot chocolates, frothy cappuccinos and pots of tea.

The menu is standard cafe fayre with sausage and bacon butties, cold sarnies, jacket potatoes and a selection of cakes on offer.

I had a hot chicken baguette with salad, coleslaw and crisps (pounds 3.50). The chicken was cut from a roasted bird rather than being the processed, sliced stuff.

It reminded me of the huge doorstep sandwiches my nan would make for me with the leftovers from the Sunday roast.

It was served on a crusty tiger bread thickly spread with lashings of butter. Delish.

My friend Claire had a jacket potato with beans and cheese (pounds 2.95) which was served with a very nice salad.

My son Frankie had a sausage sandwich (pounds 1.95) which was a little basic as the sausages weren't the best quality.

Over Easter, children can be kept amused by making a glass candle holder, a beanie bag toy and chick lollypops for a small fee for each activity.

ZOE CHAMBERLAIN Bill, including four drinks, pounds 15.

CRYSTAL TEA ROOMS: The Red House Glass Cone, High Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge (01384 812750).
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2010
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