Succumb to the Crumb [Afternoon Tea Party Box]

Crumb Tea Party in a 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 that they are no Mad Hatter.

 

Crumb Tea Party in a Box

The parcel did indeed fit through the letterbox,
but once opened, what did I find?

 

Five varieties of freshly baked goodies, Crumb Tea Party in a Box

Inside were 20 slices (4 each) of exquisite home baked goodies:
Yogurt Topped Cranberry Tiffin
Chocolate Rocky Road
Nut Granola with Belgian Chocolate
Caramel Shortbread
Strawberry Sandwich Shortbread

 

12 individual sachets of tea, doilies, little flags, and napkins, Crumb Tea Party in a Box

Also included were 12 individually wrapped sachets of fine Taylors of Harrogate Tea, and decorative cake topper flags, plate doilies, and napkins.

 

It's so easy to set up Crumb's Tea Party in a Box

Denise’s Tea-for-Two party, courtesy of Crumb

 

After opening the Afternoon Tea Party Box by Crumb, I set up the little Tea-for-Two pictured above in about 10 minutes – with enough leftover food, tea, and extras to host a second tea party. (There’s plenty of time to plan; the baked goods have a 3-week expiration date.) The sheer convenience of it all makes entertaining effortless!

We work closely with one of the finest bakeries in the region who hand make all of our products to the highest possible standard. ~ Crumb

The slices were fresh, very tasty, and of noteworthy size. I was worried that the generously topped Nut Granola would be too crunchy for me, but it wasn’t – it was very easy to eat. My favourite was the Yogurt Topped Cranberry Tiffin. Superb! (Note: All food ingredients are listed in full detail on the back of the box.)

The Taylors of Harrogate tea selection in Crumb’s Afternoon Tea Party Box is spot on – there is something for everyone: Earl Grey, Yorkshire Gold, Afternoon Darjeeling, Delicate Green Tea, Blackberry & Elderflower (caffeine free), and Orange & Lemon.

 

Detail, Crumb's Tea Party in a Box

Eat me!

 

What would a tea party be without a bit of merriment, and the cute cake topper flags with sayings like Exquisite! Absolutely Scrumptious! Delectable! and Take One!  add just that.  (Can be saved to use on your own treats.)

If there is one thing I think Crumb has neglected in their Afternoon Tea Party Box it is this: their name. Everyone who leaves a tea party fashioned by Crumb will want to remember where it came from so they can order one of their own. A subtle, stylish tone-on-tone rendering of the word Crumb on the little white napkins that come in the box might be lovely.

Not long ago I wrote about another fabulous Afternoon Tea Party Box that can be delivered to your home, but the Crumb Afternoon Tea Party Box is an excellent alternative as – and this is my favourite thing about it – it can be delivered through a standard letterbox.

An Afternoon Tea Party Box by Crumb delivered through their letterbox would be a great way to surprise your mum, your nan, your sister, or your bestie.  Delivered through your own letterbox, it’s a simple way to host an engagement celebration, book club meeting, or chick flick get-together.  And as far as mad tea parties go, the convenience of an Afternoon Tea Party Box by Crumb eliminates all the madness, leaving you and your guests to enjoy teatime in wonderland.

 

 It’s easy to order and pay online from the Crumb websiteCrumb currently have 15 different food boxes (including a Christmas range) varying in price from £15.00-£32.00.  Delivery is free via Royal Mail, first class.

 

I am curious if there are any companies in the United States that offer a quality Afternoon Tea home delivery service?

 

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Impressed with the zest of the Nell Gwyn Tea Hamper

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from the English Cream Tea Company

One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a blogger is meeting people who share similar interests. Because I write about the subject of tea, I have had the pleasure of connecting with a number of  ‘foodies’, and I love getting to know them and their businesses.

When I first came across The English Cream Tea Company I thought …. well, it goes without saying. They had me at the words ‘cream tea.’

 

The Company

Wife Jane and husband Roger (a chef) are the owners of The English Cream Tea Company in Essex. Years of travel gave them opportunities to indulge in afternoon tea at hotels around the world. After their children were born, they continued their afternoon tea adventures with family trips to London’s grand hotels. They know how tea is done.

We believe in providing excellent customer service and always strive to create and maintain the deliciousness of our hampers. – Jane Maylon, owner and Chief Scone Gnome, The English Cream Tea Company

But not every person can travel to tea, so Jane created The English Cream Tea Company to bring tea to the person. Anything from a Cream Tea for two to a full London hotel-style afternoon tea for four (sandwiches, cakes, scones, jam, and cream) can be delivered straight to your front door – the food freshly made, arriving chilled and ready for consumption.

 

Hamper Review

Thanks to the generosity of The English Cream Tea Company, I was privileged to take delivery earlier this week of one of their themed products, the Nell Gwyn Hamper, and I must tell you that the quality, thought, and artistry behind this product was both impressive and outstanding. Everything from the packaging to the food to the presentation was first-class.  It was immediately obvious to me that they operate to a very high standard and want to provide their customers with a product of great beauty and great value.

To begin with, I love their concept of an orange-themed Nell Gwyn Hamper!  Nell Gwyn was born in London in 1650 of  very humble beginnings. As a young woman, she sold oranges at the King’s Theatre and, believe it or not, became one of England’s leading comedy actresses. She eventually caught the roving eye of King Charles II, and became his mistress (and mother of several of his children).

From The English Cream Tea Company website:

This box comes with a brief history about ‘pretty, witty Nell’ who was renowned for her buxom charms (hence our Saucy Meringues!) and this hamper celebrates both Nell and orange flavours in style.  However, as Nell is attributed with persuading the King to set up Chelsea Hospital as a permanent home for military invalids, we would like to honour her spirit.  Therefore £2 from each Nell Gwyn box will go to the Carver Barracks Injured Soldiers Fund.

The Nell Gwyn Hamper:

Olde English Marmalade Sandwiches
Freshly Made Orange and Cointreau Sultana Scones
Luxury Orange Curd
Clotted Cream
Saucy Meringues*
Orange Pekoe loose-leaf tea
Bournville Chocolate & Orange Delight (my hamper contained chocolate brownies instead, which I actually preferred)
Orange teapot
Napkins and bamboo cutlery

The food from the Nell Gwyn Hamper was delicious, full of flavour, and tasted like it had just been made. Portions were lavish. The incredible orange fragrance from the sandwiches and scones proved to me that the ingredients used in this tea hamper were superior.

Included in the box was a very helpful leaflet describing the product ingredients used in all their hampers. The leaflet also reminds customers that their hampers are made with hugs from the Scone Gnomes. You just can’t help but smile.

Whether you want to treat yourself, your friends and family, or your employees – or are looking for an alternative way to host an Afternoon Tea (by letting someone else provide the food!) – I highly recommed a hamper from The English Cream Tea Company.

 

Product photographs

The sheer extravagance of  the Nell Gwyn Hamper compelled me to take detailed pictures so I could show you the high standard of product and presentation. You will see by the table I set just how easy it was for me to create a magnificent afternoon tea by doing little more than simply opening a box delivered to my front door from The English Cream Tea Company.

 

Box containing hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Attractive, substantial packaging.
Delivery is arranged so that you know exactly
when your hamper will arrive for signature.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Very appealing corrugated cardboard box,
thoughtfully wrapped with a bright orange satin ribbon.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Top layer contents:
Scones, orange curd, clotted cream (chilled), brownies, tea.
Each item had a small sticky sponge on the back so that this
attractive arrangement remained intact during shipping.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Bottom layer contents:
Tea sandwiches, meringues, napkins and bamboo cutlery.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Freshly made tea sandwiches are kept cold by chilled inserts.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

The orange slice and parsley are a delightful garnish.

 

The Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Light-as-air meringues with glacé cherries

 

*If you are familiar with this famous portrait of Nell Gwyn,
you will understand the symbolism behind the saucy meringues!

 

 

Setting up for a Nell Gwyn Afternoon Tea courtesy of the Nell Gwyn Hamper from The English Cream Tea Company

Easily create a stunning Afternoon Tea:
All you need are some plates, teacups, and …..

 

A Nell Gwyn Afternoon Tea. Food and tea from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

….. a hamper from The English Cream Tea Company!

 

Tea sandwiches from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

The orange marmalade tea sandwiches
were fresh, soft, moist and bursting with flavour.

 

Scones and meringues from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

I am a scone baker and can honestly say that these scones were perfect.
They were a good size, firm, and full of moist fruit.
The meringues were lovely – not too crumbly, and very light.

 

Orange Curd and Clotted Cream from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

Orange Curd and Clotted Cream.
The bamboo spoons included in the hamper were perfect for serving.

 

Orange Pekoe loose leaf tea from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

The Orange Pekoe loose leaf tea was excellent.

 

Scones with orange curd and clotted cream from the Nell Gwyn Hamper, The English Cream Tea Company

Orange and Cointreau Sultana Scones in action.
Partners in crime: Orange Curd and Clotted Cream.

 

 

 

The English Cream Tea Company label

The English Cream Tea Company
www.englishcreamtea.com

 

I urge you to visit the website of The English Cream Tea Company to view their complete range of products that include cream tea weddings, food for crowds, corporate boxes – and of course, Christmas hampers.

In conclusion, if you are searching for tea hampers of five-star quality and value, look no further than The English Cream Tea Company.

 

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