Sunday 26 February 2017

Putting a vintage spin on afternoon tea

Tea and cake on a bus while soaking up the city was just the ticket for my dad-daughter date, writes Elle Gordon

Elle Gordon

Tea-riffic: Elle Gordon with her dad Trevor in front of the Routemaster bus, which has been turned into a vintage cafe
Tea-riffic: Elle Gordon with her dad Trevor in front of the Routemaster bus, which has been turned into a vintage cafe

My dad and I enjoy a good binge of Grand Designs on Channel 4. Many a pleasant evening has been spent just me, him and Kevin McCloud. But push us beyond the boundaries of an incredibly comfy couch and it's a little harder to find something we both might have an interest in. He's 65 and I'm 26 ... a long lunch and a mosey down Grafton Street, a formula that works so divinely for my mother and I, does not hold the same allure for him.

So what to do? Quality time with dad shouldn't have to be confined by the fact that he does not drink. Trying and failing to imagine him ever joining me to say… 'I'll have a Jemmie thanks', or to some outdoorsy related activity at home in Cavan.

My dad is a man of simple tastes: a fortifying cup of tea, a vintage car show, the ploughing. That's what you might describe as his scene. Thus began my mission to get Trevor (dad) up to Dublin. Then it hit me - afternoon tea on a vintage bus. What more could the man want?

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