Tea with the Kiplings

Mr. Kipling Cake-to-Go van

Rudyard Kipling tea quotation brass cuff    Rudyard Kipling tea quotation brass cuff
English author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) authored the brilliant  poem “If—” , and a number of well-known stories such as “Captains Courageous” and “The Jungle Book.”  He is thought to have finished The Jungle Book whilst staying at Brown’s Hotel in London, where he often wrote while taking tea in the tea room there.*  Tea is mentioned often in his writings, and his poem “Natural Theology” contains a stanza that has become a very well-known tea quotation:

We had a kettle: we let it leak:
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week.   .   .
The bottom is out of the Universe!

Mr. Kipling had a tea connection.

Mr. Kipling Cake-to-Go van
But wait – there is another Mr. Kipling in England with a tea connection: Mr. Kipling “exceedingly good” cakes. Tea and cake? Now that’s a connection!
Mr. Kipling is (and has been since 1976) the number one cake brand in the country. More than 60% of us hide the box from our kids and husbands so we can have them all to ourself buy them for our families. They are perfect with a cup of tea.
The product range includes large cakes and small cakes, pies, tarts, and slices. My favourites are: Mr. Kipling Battenbergs; Mr. Kipling Victoria Mini Classics (little individual Victoria Sponge cakes – lovely!); and Mr. Kipling Jam Tarts. My stomach is growling.
Not long ago, Mr. Tea and I arrived at the local Tesco to do our weekly food shop and were greeted by this adorable little Mr. Kipling Cake to Go van. Isn’t is CUTE??!! It was touring the country, handing out free Mr. Kipling cakes – and I got three one!

Mr. Kipling Cake to Go mobile van       Mr. Kipling Cake to Go mobile van 
FREE CAKE? This is why I love England.

by on 08/20/2012


  1. Came here from a pinterest link, and delighted to discover your blog.
    Funny seeing the post about Kipling. I’d made a note today to look for his books at the library on my next visit. He was mentioned in Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie, which I just finished reading (again).

    1. Hi Carla, and welcome to Tea in England! Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂
      Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? I love it.
      Would you believe …. I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book? I know, I know – sacrilege! LOL

      1. If you like mysteries at all, please give yourself a treat and read one of hers. Some are better than others and Postern of Fate is considered to be her worst. It was her last book, I think she was over 80 years old when she wrote it and it’s very poorly edited.
        Yes, Pinterest has taken up a great deal of my time; I’m always checking it because I’m afraid I’ll miss something. Of course I’m going to miss something!
        Do you allow pinning of your blog photos?

        1. Dear Carla,
          Appreciate the info. I will definitely have to give Ms Christie a try, perhaps this winter. What are your top few favourites of hers?
          I do indeed allow pins of my blog photos. Thanks for asking!

  2. Wouldn’t it be great if you could place a cake order and have it delivered to your door in a van like this? If I had cake and milk and tea delivered I wouldn’t ever have to go shopping again…. except for CAT FOOD, of course! : )

    1. Oooooo, I can see it now: Fresh milk delivered by the milkman; tea delivered by Ringtons (they still do it, you know); and cake delivered by the Mr. Kipling van! ha! Talk about utopia! (P.S. Tesco can deliver the cat food. LOL)

  3. The bus is adorable and the cakes sound delicious. Love the Kipling verse, and I think I need to go make a cup of tea now!

    1. Hi Joy,
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment and stopping by.
      I know what you mean! I don’t actually think I am even capable of writing a blog post without a cup of tea at my side! LOL

  4. I just love those little vans – especially if they come with something good for you! I just can’t help thinking, if you have a large purse, you could just pop those trucks into it and save it for yourself. haha. Btw, doesn’t England have something like our PeaPod? You just order your groceries online and they deliver it right to your kitchen table. I’ve known a couple of ladies who do this and they just love it to pieces. I’m not sure of the cost but one of the ladies said it wasn’t bad at all. How cool is that?

    1. I love little delivery vans, too – and mobile tearooms. I’m going to do a blog post about them.
      Don’t know what PeaPod is, Christy, but our major grocery stores have home delivery, with online ordering. I’ve used it quite often. Delivery charge ranges from £2 – £5, depending upon time of day. Well worth it! We’re going to place a small online order (bread, milk, fruit, sandwich filling) and schedule delivery for the afternoon we arrive home from our cruise. 🙂

      1. Very cool, Denise. I think I do remember you mentioning it before (but my mind is broken and has very selective remembering). lol.

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