Must Visit Destinations in England For Tea Lovers

Britain is well known for its love of tea, so unsurprisingly there are a wide range of great places to visit where you can relax with a cuppa and maybe even learn something new about our favourite hot drink. The English capital is jam packed with fab places to see, so why not consider booking… Continue reading Must Visit Destinations in England For Tea Lovers

Tea at 78 Derngate may be the best Afternoon Tea value in England

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect and designer of both the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.  My interest in Mackintosh began many years ago when I learned about the furniture and interiors that he and his wife Margaret Macdonald created for The Willow Tearooms in Glasgow.  I haven’t made it up to Glasgow… Continue reading Tea at 78 Derngate may be the best Afternoon Tea value in England

All Aboard! The Railway Refreshment Room

The golden age of train travel has always been fascinating to me. My grandfather was a train conductor out of Union Station in Chicago and I loved hearing his tales of stars and starlets sightings, and descriptions of classy men and women dressed to the nines as they boarded his train to exotic destinations for… Continue reading All Aboard! The Railway Refreshment Room

Catherine of Braganza: England's Portuguese Tea Princess Rests in Peace in Lisbon

The history of tea in England is a delicious blend of romance, intrigue, and adventure, overflowing with a cast of fascinating characters. Kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, sailors and soldiers, explorers, botanists and planters, businessmen,  politicians, and even the lawless all played essential roles in England’s rich tea narrative. There is,… Continue reading Catherine of Braganza: England's Portuguese Tea Princess Rests in Peace in Lisbon

Tea and twirling teacups at the county show

Growing up in the rural farmland of Illinois in the American midwest, the annual county fair was a much anticipated event. I have fond memories of  elephant ears and caramel apples, riding the thrilling Tilt-A-Whirl, stock car races, farm animal competitions (remember Charlotte’s Web ?), and my favourite: the cooking and crafts tents. The county… Continue reading Tea and twirling teacups at the county show