The new Bluebells Tearoom has opened in the scenic grounds of West Herts Crematorium after funding was made available from a committee of five local councils.
The tearoom will be open from 9am to 4pm between Monday and Friday and for special occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Hot and cold drinks as well as freshly made sandwiches, sausage rolls, soup, jacket potatoes, homemade cakes and pastries will be sold.
Manager of Garston-based West Herts Crematorium Jane Thomas said: “The tearoom that we had before was just vending machines and was not very welcoming for the bereaved. A person serving food and drink with a friendly face on a sad day when people are visiting a memorial or coming to a funeral makes them feel better. This refurbishment is a great improvement to the service that we provide here.”
The new tearoom – which is open to everyone – was funded by the West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee. Chairman David Major said: “This tearoom is a valuable addition to the already dignified service on offer at West Herts Crematorium.”
The West Herts Crematorium Joint Committee made up of councillors from Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Dacorum Borough Council, St Albans District Council and Hertsmere Borough Council.