NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK 15th-24th JUNE 2018…

It’s National Picnic Week this week 15th-24th June.

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National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to take the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic with advice, tips, recipes, and information to make sure everything from the food and drink to the location and surroundings are spot on.

​Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

Since National Picnic Week was founded a decade ago, it has grown significantly and become a staple date in the media calendar. Timed at the peak of the picnicking season, broadcasters, radio and television channels are keen to get involved.



With the likes of ITV’s Lorraine, national newspapers and both BBC and commercial radio stations covering the week in the past, it is a great platform to promote your brand.

Here are their top ten facts about picnics to get you inspired:
  1. The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.
  2.  According to research done in 2013 the average family spends £26 per picnic, totaling a cool £2,479,720,000.
  3. Originally a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
  4. The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
  5. The use of the phrase “no picnic” to describe something difficult dates back to 1884.
  6. The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
  7. The most popular day for picnics in the US is the 4th of July. In Italy it’s Easter Monday. In France, it’s Bastille Day. In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week.
  8. Fortnum & Mason, the London department store, claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738. They still sell them today.
  9. Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been, in 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.

VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED AFTERNOON TEAS…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was interested to see if venues were theming their afternoon teas around Valentines Day. Well, lot’s are and the best place to find them is on the Afternoon Tea’s site.

They start from £18.95 – £75.00 ( some are per couple and others are pp) and they have a choice of 70 on their site. 

One of my favourites on the list and also one of the most expensive ones are at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel London who is promoting a Valentine Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two and Dirty Dancing Screening.

They say “Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s to a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea followed by a screening of the timeless classic, Dirty Dancing. Have the time of your life with that special someone in this romantic experience available on 18th February.

The Afternoon Tea features a selection of handcrafted delicate cakes and sweets, mini rich butter fruit scones served with fruit preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea can be booked between 12:00 and 15:00 with the screening of the film starting at 4pm.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel London offers a first-class destination to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This hotel is set in a yacht that is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. 

This impressive 108-metre floating hotel possesses stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding Docklands.

Afternoon Tea is served in their sophisticated Lands End restaurant.”   More about Sunborn Yacht Hotel London.

Check out the long list of Valentine Afternoon Teas available on the Afternoon Tea website. 

 

 

 

 

THE PURPLE PUMPKIN BLOG AND 50 AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES…

The Purple Pumpkin Blog is a blog written by Michelle from London. Her blog is full of photographs, recipes, printables, seasonal inspiration, crafts and lots more.

Amongst her amazing array of recipes, I came across her 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes which caught my eye with the amazing picture above.

She starts off with a list of ten sandwiches explaining along the way the etiquette involved in a proper English afternoon tea. ” Cutting the crusts off is a must; cut into finger lengths or triangles. Dainty rolls are great to use, and turn flat breads into pinwheels for something different.”

Next is cupcakes and muffins which she says are “All the taste of a big cake, but in a perfect one-person portion.” and gives you a choice of six recipes to try from.

Sweet and savoury tarts are next on Michelle’s list with six recipes to choose from and her tip to “buy ready-made pastry to cut down on preparation time.”

Next is biscuits with five recipes to choose from another tip from Michelle is  “Instead of opening a packet, make a tray of them instead. Decorate plain sugar cookies any way you like.”

Not forgetting the gluten and dairy free recipes. Michelle has included three free from recipes so you don’t forget the guests with food intolerances.

There is a choice of 12 recipes for Cakes and Bakes which she suggests you “display on a pretty platter; pre-cut for portion control, or throw caution to the wind, and let guests cut a slice as big as they like!”

A choice of 3 scones is accompanied with a note to “not forget the clotted cream and jam for the sweet scones. Cream cheese for the savoury?”

Finally, pastries and patisserie finish her list with five to choose from in this category and a little note to anyone who wants to try them that “these recipes might require a bit more skill, but the end results are worth it.”

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA…


Instructions for an afternoon tea in the Victorian Era

Serve rolled bread and butter, sandwiches made of ham paste, potted ham, tongue or chicken.

The crusts of the bread should be cut off, and the sandwiches cut into three corner shapes or fingers.

Anchovy sandwiches or those made with cheese paste are liked by Gentlemen.

Salads are allowable nowadays at afternoon tea; egg, oysters, or chicken are suitable with brown bread and biscuits.

Cakes for this purpose should be very small.

Wine and cordial should always be on the sideboard, claret cup or champagne cup on the table.

THE LAVENDER TEA ROOM IN BAKEWELL…

While on a day trip out to Bakewell we popped into The Lavender Tea Rooms for a spot of tea and cake.

It is centrally located in Hebden Court, in a charming courtyard setting. The decor is period and you feel like you have stepped back in time to a bygone era when you step inside the tea room.  It’s set over two floors with a lovely outside little courtyard with a few tables which have blankets on chairs in case the temperature drops. Dogs are also welcome in the courtyard area and they provide water bowls so your canine companion can enjoy a little refreshment too.

They offer an Afternoon Tea Deluxe, an extra special treat which consists of a pot of tea or cup of coffee, sandwiches with the choice of tasty fillings, a sultana scone, strawberry preserve and Rodda’s clotted cream, Bakewell Tart and a selection of cakes served on vintage five tier stands to add a touch of drama to the experience.

Other afternoon tea choices, starting with a pot of tea, a scone, jam and Roddas clotted cream, or a simple tea or coffee and a slice of one of their scrumptious which is what we had. The tea and cake was delicious and I am sure we will make another visit to The Lavender Tea Room next time we pop to Bakewell.

 

 

AFTERNOON TEA IN STYLE…

As I not only write on this Afternoon Tea Blog but also for a local Tea/Coffee shop I have the best excuse ever to go and try out different afternoon teas and write a blog post about them.
 
Today I went quite local to me to Cockliffe Country House Hotel – which is a 17th century former farmhouse set in the heart of rural Nottingham, bordering the historically significant Sherwood Forest. Situated in the heart of Burntstump Country Park.
 
They specialise in banqueting and conferences, and offer a peaceful and private environment in 3 acres of private grounds.and is well known in the area for it’s intimate restaurant experience.
 
There was a choice of an afternoon tea menus –
 
A freshly baked plain scone and sultana scone with clotted cream and traditional preserve. A selection homemade pastries and cake to include; Double chocolate brownie Traditional Bakewell Tart Carrot & Walnut cake and a selection of Traditional sandwiches Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese Honey roast ham & wholegrain mustard Rare roast beef & horseradish Lincolnshire poacher & red onion marmalade. A choice of free flowing tea or Coffee for £18.95p
or a Joseph Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea of A Traditional Cockliffe Afternoon Tea served with a Rhubarb & stem ginger tart and a glass of chilled Joseph Perrier champagne for £21.95pp
or a Traditional Cream Tea Homemade plain & sultana scone, Devonshire clotted cream and Preserve served with free flowing tea or coffee for £5.95pp
 
We had the Champagne Afternoon Tea. The sandwiches were fresh and delicious especially the Rare roast beef & horseradish. The scones were warm and tasty and far to many cakes to choose from. I managed the double chocolate brownie and the carrot and walnut cake which was excellent and my friend had a lemon curd tart which she really enjoyed. There was still so many cakes left over that I asked for a doggy bag to bring home for hubby to enjoy (which he did). All in all a lovely afternoon tea but a shame that we were the only customers in the Restaurant.

NATIONAL TEA DAY 21ST APRIL…

National Tea Day on 21st April is celebrated with many but especially with the National Tea Day organizers.

They hold events all over the Country to enjoy this event including a National Tea Day Festival which takes place at Kensington Roof Gardens in West London where guests can enjoy the feeling of an afternoon garden party in the heart of the Capital.

Some featured Afternoon Tea Day events were held at Hoar Cross Hall, Derbyshire. The Midland Hotel, Manchester, brewbabu in Peterborough, The Chase Hotel, Coventry and many more exciting places. After looking through the National Tea Day list of locations I am sure you will find many you have never tried before.

They even have a number of charities which benefit from National Tea Day. They believe that tea is all about bringing people together, whether it be families, friends or communities. National Tea Day is working with charitable organisation’s in order to raise awareness of good causes.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SANDWICH FILLING?…

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The British love their butties, we’ve been enjoying sandwiches since it became popularised by the aristocracy back in the 18th century.

Now, afternoon teas, street parties, buffets and lots more occasions are enjoyed with a plate of sandwiches. But the question is which is the most popular?

From cheese, egg, fish, meat, salad, vegetarian, curry and tea recipes using bread, wraps, pininis, bagels and rolls, you name it we eat it.

One of my personal favourites is a club sandwich which can vary depending on what country I’m in.

Crazy for Tea , have a selection of English tea sandwich recipes as well as lots more available on the internet.

According to the Daily Mail the Nations favourite sandwich fillings are –

1. Egg mayonnaise – 24%
2. Cheese – 21%
3. Ham – 17%
4. Chicken – 13%
5. Tuna – 7%
6. Bacon, lettuce, tomato – 7%
7. Prawn mayonnaise – 5%
8. Jam – 3%
9. Crisp – 2%
10. Peanut butter – 1%

Post from the Daily Mail:

They say that the British sandwich market where you buy on the go is worth around £2.8 billion.