Hartlepool entrepreneur has success down to a tea

RAISING A CUP TO THE FUTURE: Jeni Hart in her new tea rooms in York Road, Hartlepool
RAISING A CUP TO THE FUTURE: Jeni Hart in her new tea rooms in York Road, Hartlepool

A HARTLEPOOL entrepreneur has opened a new tearoom - complete with its own section for keen boardgamers.

tea@HART is Hartlepool’s newest tearoom and games shop and is based in York Road. Its founder Jeni Hart described the venture as “the culmination of a lifetime’s dream.”

Over the past six years, she has built up a successful home-run business baking celebration cakes. But she added: “I know Hartlepool has many hidden talents, making superb home-made goods that could help the tea room provide a menu unique to Hartlepool.”

She already serves cakes from JeniMadeCakes and Cakes by Nemo, breads from Parker’s Bakery, Cheeses from Parlour Made, and all the venue’s meat products come from Morrell’s Butchers. As well as being a tearoom, tea@Hart is also a games shop and stocks a range of games. It employs four members of staff part-time, as well as the business owner.

This is Jeni’s first business and she thanked Hartlepool Enterprise Centre as well as the Inspire business Network for giving her support.

Jeni, 32, whose husband is Peter Hart, also 32, said she was originally from Manchester and first came to Hartlepool ten years ago.

Her husband started work at Stranton Church as a youth and childrens worker. He is now a PHd student.

Also in the family is the couple’s two children Rebekah, eight, and Daniel, aged six.

Jeni previously worked in administration and as a teaching assistant. Six years ago, she began a home-baking business making birthday and celebration cakes for family and friends.

“I always wanted a tea room. It was my dream and the opportunity presented itself to have a go,” she added.

tea@HART has opened in premises which had previous uses including a gold traders, arcade and a shoe shop.