Tea emporium Room Forty honours the Suffragettes with cake and a brew

Warrington firm headed by entrepreneur Jennifer Perry will do the catering for the gala event in Manchester to mark 100 years since women in Britain secured the right to vote in elections

Jennifer Perry
Jennifer Perry, founder of the Room Forty tea emporium and baking school


It is 100 years since women in the UK finally secured the right to vote after a long battle fought by the Suffragette movement.

A gala event is being held at Manchester Central Library by the Pankhurst Trust on Monday, February 5, to celebrate and Warrington small business Room Forty has been hired to do the catering.

The tea emporium and cookery school was founded by entrepreneur Jennifer Perry in 2016 and has already scooped a top accolade at the Tiptree World Bread Awards 2017.

Room Forty will serve a special vintage afternoon tea to the 150 guests including authors, participants, artists and relatives of Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the founding members of the Suffragettes.

Ms Perry said: “I cannot express how proud that I am to have been chosen to cater at this event. The sacrifice, tenacity and passion of the brave women of the Suffrage movement resonate with me on such a personal level.

“I put my personal skill, passion and soul into my business and product; baking, creating, serving and delivering beautiful, hand created afternoon teas. We serve on fine vintage china, some of it as old as the original Suffragette campaign. This will be a wonderful and emotional event of I am so very honoured to be a part.”

The event also celebrates the finale of ‘Women’s Word’, a multi-media life-writing project capturing Women’s memories and experiences of growing, living and working in Manchester.

A contemporary edition of ‘The Suffragette’, the magazine originally published by the Suffragette Movement, will be unveiled on the evening. It will showcase writings and artworks produced by the ‘Women’s Words on Manchester’ project.

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