A FORMER Motherwell woman has been given a top award for the tearoom she runs in the Canadian town of Hudson.
But Linda Clifford says the secret of her success lies in the trips she used to make as a girl - when her gran took her to the old Co-operative tearoom in Motherwell.
Linda’s Mademoiselle Clifford’s tearoom in the small Quebec town of Hudsonwas recently voted the third best place in the whole of Canada to have a cup of tea.
The poll was commissioned by the country’s prestigious Canadian Living magazine.
And the former pupil of St Francis Xavier Primary in Carfin and Holy Cross High in Hamilton says her success is firmly rooted in her Motherwell upbringing.
She said: “The truth is it’s almost impossible to get a decent cup of tea in North America - they can’t make tea for toffee.
“But I remember when my mum and my gran used to take me to the tea room which was part of the Co-operative store in Dalziel Street.
“We used to go for tea and iced buns and I always remember the taste and the atmosphere and I wanted to create that same experience.”
Linda’s tearoom serves more than 100 different types of tea - and her recipe for success certainly works as far as her regulars among the 5,500 population of Hudson are concerned.
Linda’s father Harry still lives in Motherwell and met up with his daughter when she enjoyed a short trip home earlier this month.