Reprise: The Brown Betty teapot (our most popular blog post)

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It is a known fact that the Brown Betty teapot brews tea better than any other teapot design. This is because of the shape of the pot which allows the tea leaves to be gently swirled around as the boiling water is added, and the special clay used in its manufacture that holds heat so… Continue reading Reprise: The Brown Betty teapot (our most popular blog post)

The Victoria Sponge – its history and a recipe

The Victoria Sponge is a sponge cake sandwiched together with raspberry jam and dusted on the top with caster sugar*. It is a quintessential English teatime treat and became popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. You will encounter a Victoria Sponge in most tearooms in England. It will be a friendly encounter. I have… Continue reading The Victoria Sponge – its history and a recipe

Lemon Cake recipe from The Tea Rooms in London

Those of us who love frequenting tea rooms (you know who you are), just can’t help ourselves from obsessing over their decor, teapots, cups and saucers, and food. And although we wouldn’t dream of ever giving up the pursuit of the perfect tea room, we do enjoy re-creating one or more aspects of our favourite… Continue reading Lemon Cake recipe from The Tea Rooms in London

Succumb to the Crumb [Afternoon Tea Party Box]

Crumb, a “cake experience” company in Leeds founded just over a year ago by two young mums, make afternoon tea parties that can be delivered not only to your door, but through your letterbox. Alice down a rabbit hole? Sure. A tea party delivered through my letterbox? I was skeptical, but Crumb have convinced me… Continue reading Succumb to the Crumb [Afternoon Tea Party Box]

A Potted History of The Brown Betty Teapot

It is a known fact that the Brown Betty teapot brews tea better than any other teapot design. This is because of the shape of the pot which allows the tea leaves to be gently swirled around as the boiling water is added, and the special clay used in its manufacture that holds heat so… Continue reading A Potted History of The Brown Betty Teapot

Teatime in the Garden (Centre)

You would think that someone like me, a tea enthusiast, would have green fingers. After all, tea comes from a plant (Camellia sinensis) and people who are into plants are usually into gardening.  (Before we go any further ….. the U.K. phrase ‘green fingers’ is akin to the U.S. phrase ‘green thumb’. I don’t know… Continue reading Teatime in the Garden (Centre)