Having opened in 2011, Harpur & Finch has enjoyed much success, moving into larger premises earlier this year. Located along a main thoroughfare in the market town of Ilkeston, this family-run venture is an emporium of delights, just waiting to be discovered. Customers are drawn in by the inspiring array of window displays. Inside, the eclectic shop floor is filled with counters showcasing homeware, gifts and accessories. Gilded mirrors, scented candles, white-washed furniture and soft pastel fabrics give the space a vintage feel, and complement the enchanting items available to purchase. After exploring the shop floor, take a little time to sit down with tea and cake. The nostalgic parlour serves a delicious array of sweet treats and savoury sandwiches. Feeling thirsty? Tea enthusiasts will delight in the menu of loose leaf tea blends such as refreshing peppermint, and Rose Passion, which is made from a delicate combination of rose petals and passion flower. If you’re feeling a little peckish, try a toasted teacake or hot crumpet topped with melted butter. For something special, the afternoon tea is great for sharing, comprising beautiful tiers of fresh cut sandwiches, savouries, dainty cakes and scones, which are served with clotted cream and jam. All of this comes with a tea of your choice, served in traditional chinaware. This magical venue can play host to an array of private events, including hen parties, baby showers and birthday parties – just give the friendly staff a call.