LOTS OF WAYS TO ENJOY TEA…

Lots of ways to enjoy tea with this graphic from The Daily Tea Blog

The many ways to enjoy your tea!

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NEW BISCUIT FLAVOURED TEA BAGS…

Yorkshire Tea has launched a new biscuit-flavoured tea that’s causing quite a stir among tea traditionalists.

The beloved tea company Taylors of Harrogate,  said the new biscuit brew combines the classic taste of tea and biscuits, so no one will be caught out without a biscuit to dunk.

The new brew has the comforting taste of the original tea but with a smattering of malty sweetness which gives the biscuity flavour.

THE COUNTRY’S FIRST TEA SHOP…

The Country’s first tea shop was opened in 1864 by the Manageress of the Aerated Bread Company. The company directors allowed the manageress to serve refreshments to favoured customers.

Then, demand for her service grew, which then sparked a new trend for similar shops across the UK. Within two years the Aerated Bread Company had opened 250 of its self-service tea shops.

These also helped to liberate the lives of women, as it was considered ‘perfectly proper’ and acceptable for a woman to meet her friends in a tea shop without needing an escort and without risk to her reputation.

Wikipedia explains how the business was created as an incorporated company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). When the company was floated, its failure was predicted and its initial public offering was poorly supported.[4] However, its initial £1 shares eventually rose to £5 7s8d by 1890.[5] By 1898, shares had more than doubled from their 1890 value and were trading at £12 per share and declaring a dividend of 37½ percent.[6] By 1899, A.B.C. shares had increased a further 16⅔ percent and were trading at £14 per share.[4]

J. Lyons & Co opened their first Lyons tea shop in 1894 at 213 Piccadilly. It was the forerunner of some 250 white and gold fronted tea shops which occupied prominent positions in many of London’s high streets.

As well as the tea shops and Corner Houses, Lyons ran other large restaurants such as the Angel Cafe Restaurant in Islington and the Throgmorton in Throgmorton Street. Its chains have included Steak Houses (1961–1988), Wimpy Bars (1953–1976), Baskin-Robbins (1974-) and Dunkin’ Donuts (1989-). The artist Kay Lipton designed all the windows for the Corner Houses under the jurisdiction of Norman Joseph, the director post-war.

THE VINTAGE TEA PARTY…

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree is not your average book on recipes and pictures on all things vintage. This book is one you will keep on your table in the lounge for friends to pick up and browse through.

Amongst many great reviews are some from famous magazines like Glamour Magazine and The Independent Newspaper.

The Vintage Tea Party helps you plan not only stunning recipes for all sorts of delicious treats but also gives you countless styling tips for the perfect occasion.” – Glamour Magazine (SA)

“Bring out the bone china for this book from vintage guru Angel Adoree…” – The Independent

Angel Adoree cordially invites you to accompany her on a journey to create your perfect vintage tea party! Angel received £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den for developing her website and for buying a shop/property in Soho for her business – Vintage Patisserie.

The Vintage Patisserie is a haven of all things glamour, vintage and retro. Run by Angel Adoree, the outstanding character you may have seen on Dragon’s Den, the Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. For that reason, there’s nowhere better to get simple, elegant advice for hosting your very own Vintage Tea Party at home than from Angel and The Vintage Tea Party Book.

As well as providing sumptuous elegant recipes to cover every time of the day, Angel’s The Vintage Tea Party Book covers the full breadth of those little touches that make the perfect vintage party: Invitations, attire, decorations, props and more. The book is broken into:

BRUNCH
What do you mean, morning is no time for a party?! High Breakfast is the height of civilization and, here, I share my most refined brunch dishes, for a morning tea party fit for a Queen. Don your headscarf and on with the preparations!

AFTERNOON
Is your pinkie finger raised at the ready? There’s nothing more British than Afternoon Tea. This chapter is a treasure trove of tea-time delights, from classics to decadent treats, and I show how to make a Union Flag for the ultimate traditional tea party.

EVENING
The evening tea party is all about glamour, giggles and good friends. On these pages, I share my most impressive recipes, for maximum impact on the eye and taste buds, to give the special people in your life the treat they deserve.

STYLE
You’ve organized the perfect vintage do, now it’s time for the perfect vintage hairdo, and the perfect vintage dress, and for getting your make-up – and your man – looking just stunning. You’ll be the most glamorous hostess in town!

The Vintage Tea Party Book embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home. With a unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and where to collect vintage china

Since writing The Vintage Tea Party Book Angel has written and published The Vintage Sweets Book, Vintage Tea Party Treasury, and The Vintage Tea Party Year.

WHERE TO GET THE BEST AFTERNOON TEA VOUCHERS FOR CHRISTMAS…

An Afternoon Tea Voucher has to be a great gift for any person who enjoys the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea.

Some of the best places online to buy them from are –

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers -They have AfternoonTea.co.uk gift vouchers as well as those for our partners Red Letter Days, Buyagift, Activity Superstore and Virgin Experiences, from just £15 for two people!

Afternoon Tea for Two – Our Afternoon Tea for Two Gifts & Vouchers offer the perfect Tea for 2 gift for any occasion. There are lots of locations to choose from nationwide including London Afternoon Teas and Afternoon Tea for Two at country hotels. Whether its high tea, low tea, or any other tea we have the perfect tea for 2 for you


Betty’s –Choose the experience that suits you at the home of Afternoon Tea. Their traditional Afternoon Tea is served all day every day in their six Café Tea Rooms, whilst their luxury, bookable Lady Betty Afternoon Tea is available in York or Harrogate on select days.

Virgin Experience Days start your own collection of tea experiences and try out lots of different ones? From luxury teas in famous restaurants.

Buy a Gift – they have afternoon tea for two from a choice of over 385 places!!!

The other offers especially Black Friday are Groupon – Wowcher and Living Social.

FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.