“Time for tea”, a British parenthesis in the heart of La Ferté-Macé

Gwen and Michel Rocton are the new owners of Time for Tea. (©The Free Publisher)

Near the Church of Our Lady of La Ferté-Macé (Orne), who would have thought that a piece of England was hiding in a parallel street? It is however the case.

Located at 8, rue de la Halle à l’Avoine, Time for Tea has been welcoming gourmets from the region for several years. Closed for several months, the English tea room is getting a makeover at the start of confinement, with the arrival at its head of new owners. Michel Rocton, pastry chef and cook from Upper Normandy and his wife Gwen have been offering their world cuisine for a few days, in a British decor with a thrilling universe, between cups of tea, trinkets and floral tapestries.

A culinary journey

But if at 50 and 53, the couple embarked on the adventure of catering, this is not their first attempt.

Already owners of a café in the Caribbean for several years, they wanted to go back to basics, by taking over a business in Michel Rocton’s country of origin. “My husband was born in Upper Normandy, before growing up in Angers, says his wife Gwen. His father was a pastry chef, he always grew up in this universe”. Skimming the kitchens of Paris, England and the Caribbean, the new cook has brought back in his suitcases a number of recipes from around the world. “With his travels, he was able to train in everything, knowing English, French and also Caribbean cuisine very well,” develops Gwen Rocton.

A know-how that proved useful when returning to France a few months ago.

Opportunity

Not knowing La Ferté-Macé, Gwen and Michel Rocton discovered by chance the existence of Time for Tea. “We published an announcement on a specialized site, then the former owner of the salon contacted us,” recalls Gwen Rocton.

Seduced by the place, the couple decided to put down their suitcases in the Orne. “My husband takes care of the kitchen, while I take care of the service and sales”. Together, they hope to bring a breath of fresh air to the affair. “Everything is homemade, from the dough to the sausages,” says the new owner. Offering take-out sales and home deliveries during confinement, the partners have already unveiled a menu for confinement, where English flavors mingle with French and Jamaican cuisine.

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The small dishes in the big ones

For this first take-out menu, the couple offers pies and puff pastries at low prices, accompanied by a few desserts, such as Bakewell tarts or cheesecake. “After confinement, we will offer a more extensive menu, with the addition of dishes and pastries”. Ambitious, they will gradually set up various appointments.

We plan to introduce a fish and chips every Thursday but also Caribbean meals

Gwen Rocton.business owner with her husband

For purists of British gastronomy, English breakfasts will also be served. “We also plan to organize themed evenings, and special events for holidays such as Valentine’s Day”.

Open during confinement for take-out only from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the couple will gradually expand its opening days and hours. A good idea of ​​gastronomic discovery, during a confinement where pleasure is not forbidden.

To order take-out or for delivery, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., contact Gwen Rocton at 09.72.89.69.83.

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