Hagas Antiques has moved into Antiques On The Green, West Auckland .
We were at Willington for five years and before that, enjoyed several years at Langley Moor. Despite being just a small shop (and workshop) we have an array of , Vintage, Retro and many other interesting items, and there is certainly some ‘Hidden gems’ to be found, as Mark Stacey soon discovered when visiting the shop with the BBC antique road trip team in 2011.
Antiques on The Green incorporating Molly's Tea Room Recent Testimonial
Molly's Tea Room is a little gem hidden away just off the roadside from the main A68 road to Weardale and Hexham. This small, elegant listed building is actually an Antique Shop called 'Antiques on the green' and sits next to an historic picturesque green (which just happens to be the largest in Europe!)
Whilst i was waiting for my seat, I was able to look around the array of antique furniture, (most of which you can see has been lovingly and painstakingly restrored). Upstairs there is a 'vintage room for the ladies, and for the men, a militaries room. Also dotted around are numerous fascinating items from tea cups to social history items like miners lamps. There is even an old tub from down the mine!
I also discovered that the house opposite belonged to Mary Anne Cotton (a mass murderer) and there is also a new sculpture of a miner and footballer to commemorate West Auckland winning the First World cup, so lots to see and do.
The staff here are very friendly and create a relaxed,laid back environment. The menu is not huge but covers all the bases with a nice selection of treats. I haven't tried everything but the West Auckland scones are delicious, served with Jam and clotted cream and the hot chocolate is to die for, all pretty crockery too in keeping with the antiques side of the business. Even though I haven't tried the cakes I've been told by a couple of people that they are delicious too, especially the lemon drizzle cake! I will certainly be visiting again soon.
The prices are average for this type of venue and the area, but considering quality, it's very good value for money and everything is home made too.
Whether you are interested in the historic building, the quirky antiques and collectables or just want to have a quick bite to eat and a drink admiring the scenery, its well worth a visit, but do make sure you get there early before it is all sold out, as everything is made fresh on the day.
'enjoy a slice of cake with a slice of history'