Menu from 1913 found during refurbishment in England

(CNN) — Builders in the English city of Liverpool have unwittingly uncovered a piece of culinary and local history when an intact menu from 1913 fell from the ceiling during a renovation project.
The menu, dated Wednesday January 15 1913 and branded “Yamen Café and Tea Rooms,” was among a number of artifacts discovered in the rafters of the Leaf café on Bold Street, central Liverpool, last week.

Other items included a waiter’s hat with “Yamen” embroidered on the rim, instructions for the English card game of whist and bottles.

Leaf founder and owner Natalie Haywood told CNN Thursday that the discovery was “mind blowing” and almost “creepy” — given that Leaf itself sells speciality teas, like its predecessor.

Haywood believes the Yamen Café and Tea Rooms would have been a high-end establishment, given the variety of menu items on offer.

Haywood believes the Yamen Café and Tea Rooms would have been a high-end establishment, given the variety of menu items on offer.

Courtesy Leaf

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