This is a really spectacular time of the year – living near farmland, we see March hares abounding. My social groups all like to lunch out even more at this time too – we sit there in the sun, venturing towards the outside tables and chairs to have our first coffees and cake of the season. Hardy folk we are – and completely bonkers, it must be said! But today the range of attractive vintage coffee shops opening up is wonderful. We’ve found some real beauties on our rather limited travels. It’s heartening to see such enterprise. I like the way the owners throw themselves in wholeheartedly to the themes. Matching crockery, table linens and decor. It brings back many happy memories for my older pals, who recall life the delights of Lyons coffee houses and Wimpey coffee bars of their youth. I have helped a couple of owners to source their stocks from this wonderful vintage crockery site.