Phil: With the NolanParker writing team back in action, we need to find places to meet. Places with Tea. And cake.
In the last few months, a couple of possible venues have opened up in Leamington Spa. One that caught my eye with its retro theme, is The Temperance.
I don’t believe in cluttering up coffee shops with laptops if they aren’t happy to be home to people spending hours working away. We will buy drinks and food, but people who aren’t composing great works of literature will be quicker in and out and therefore more profitable.
A quick e-mail asking if laptops were OK was swiftly answered with the news that we wouldn’t be the first people bashing out a novel on the premises. In fact, at least one member of staff is an author!
Arriving on a cold Monday morning, we ordered tea and salad sandwiches. These were served in the sort of china my Nan would have approved of. The stuff you drink while holding your pinkie finger aloft!
The sandwiches were delicious, the only complaint being the cake selection was very limited, the previous batch having sold out and new supplies arriving the next day.
For an old-fashioned looking cafe. there were lots of laptops in use, and a couple of people using tables for meetings.
After a bit of chat, we got stuck in. I knocked out 1200 words and Candice started the job of making sure the current manuscript adhered to our timeline.