Emma Bridgewater began making her unique pottery in 1985, and today runs the highly successful and much-loved company with her husband Matthew Rice. Quintessentially British, their cosy, charming pottery is made in Stoke-on-Trent, the traditional home of British pottery. (The little blue & white teacup on the Tea in England banner represents the pottery-making heritage… Continue reading Time for Tea – An Infographic from Emma Bridgewater
Tea drinking is a British institution, with over 165 million cups of tea drunk everyday. Yorkshire brothers Joseph and Edward Tetley founded Tetley Tea over 175 years ago – and it was Tetley who introduced tea bags to the UK back in the 1950s. They were the first to use perforated tissue for teabags in the 1960s, and… Continue reading Tetley Tea – Ahhh, that's better!
I’m a fan of Whittard Tea (I’ve written about them before) – not just for their tea (oh, and the attractive packaging), but for their retail shops too, which are brilliant. If you’ve never been to one, I urge you to pop by for a visit. You will find them in shopping malls and in… Continue reading 3 Whittard Teas That I Really Like
When it comes down to spelling differences between one country and another, is there still sometimes a definite ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – or does it all just depend on which side of the border you’re standing on? Take the case of the ‘Macaron’, for example. Or should that be ‘Macaroon’? As an American,… Continue reading Macaroons from Bettys (or are they Macarons?)
Once upon a time there was a man named Walter. Walter was born in London in 1861, the son of a wealthy merchant family who owned leather factories in the tannery district. But Walter wasn’t into leather. He was into tea. He spent five years learning all he could about the tea trade and at… Continue reading I can't resist Whittard tea
Whenever I’m at Harrods, the first place I head to is the Food Hall, mainly because it’s one of the few places in the store where I can afford something. But the real reason is because I love the tea section. It’s not a particularly large space, but it’s crammed with boxes and tins of… Continue reading Are those tea leaves on Harrods' family tree?
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]
You simply cannot talk about tea in England without talking about Bettys. The story of Bettys began more than 90 years ago with Frederick Belmont, a young Swiss orphan who trained in baking and confectionery in Switzerland and France before travelling to England to seek his fortune. Settling in Yorkshire, he opened the first Bettys… Continue reading Bettys is an English tea tradition
Mr. Tea and I are always on the look-out for an enjoyable morning out, preferably if in one way or another a good cup of tea is involved. We were rewarded with both on Sunday when we popped over to the Windsor Emporium for a bit of shopping and tea-drinking. Described as “an emporium of… Continue reading Delights and tea abound at the Windsor Emporium
It’s not often that a person has the opportunity to be served Afternoon Tea on Royal Albert china on a sunny afternoon on a lovely village green – for free. But thanks to an invitation from Royal Albert (and a very thoughtful husband who doesn’t mind my dragging him by his gorgeous fifty-shades-of-grey hair all… Continue reading Afternoon tea on the village green with Royal Albert