A MUG OR A CUP FOR YOUR TEA?…

Which do you prefer a mug or a tea cup and saucer?

Personally, I think both are appropriate in certain situations. You would give the builder a mug, and yourself one while sitting reading your favourite magazine. Although if you were sitting in a nice tea room or having a cup of tea with a friend, I’m sure you would probably prefer the cup and saucer.

The other problem is which one to buy? Do you go for Cath Kidston’s latest designer mugs, Tesco’s Spell Out Mug ‘ Home is where the Heart is’, or an antique china tea cup and saucer that is so delicate that you cannot pop it into your dishwasher.

Personally, I only like my tea or coffee from a ‘china’ mug and would buy both Cath Kidston’s designs as well as quirky ones from Amazon like this classic Lionel Richie one ‘Is it tea you’re looking for’.

As for the antique china cup and saucers, well, I have plenty of those and now tend to buy them for my daughter who has started collecting them but NONE of them will go anywhere near my dishwasher.

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THE VINTAGE TEA COSY…

Although Tea Cosy’s are back in fashion again the first documented tea cosy in Britain was in 1867 and it was probably the Duchess of Bedford, who by establishing the activity of afternoon tea in 1840, increased the popularity of tea cosy.

They then flourished during the late 19th Century and were also starting to be used in North America at the same period.

It is defined by Wikipedia as ‘a cover for a teapot, traditionally made of cloth or wool, which is used to insulate the tea, keeping it warm while it brews’.

Cloth tea cosies often have padded inserts which can be washed separately and many are hand knitted looking just like a woollen hat with a bobble on the top.

You can buy tea cosy’s from most places now including Amazon who sells the hand block printed ones, but you will find really original ones on Etsy like this Maroon and blue bobble style large tea cosy for £4.99, which is lovingly handmade by refugees from the Middle East.

Or this unique and original Succulent Tea Cosy -The only watering needed is to make your pot of tea. The grey wool ‘concrete planter’ cosy is double layered for extra warmth and the succulent leaves are hand cut so every plant is different, and available from Not on the High Street for £29.95

Of course this original design of tea cosy are the ones that I remember most, available from Etsy at £11.99 This tea cosy has been hand knitted in a quality aran yarn, making it soft and cosy, perfect for keeping your fresh brew toasty warm.

 

 

TEA AND CAKE AT HOUSE OF FRASER…

It’s been a while since we popped into House of Fraser in Nottingham so while we were there I suggested we gave the Restaurant a try.

I chose the Bakewell Sponge and my husband had the Rich Fruit Cake, both were delicious and reasonably priced.

The reason we had not been in for such a long time was because John Lewis offers rewards with their My John Lewis card which just for creating an account with John Lewis you are rewarded with free coffee and cake every month and you needn’t spend a penny!

It’s quite obvious that this get’s you into the department store and sometimes we have just gone in to use the voucher up before it expired. It’s just a shame other department stores don’t offer the same service as you nearly always end up buying something from the store you pop into.

TWINNING’S AFTERNOON TEA WEEK OFFERS…

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Twining’s have an exclusive offer for this special ‘Afternoon Tea Week 14th – 20th August’.

Celebrate afternoon tea week with a fabulous spread of afternoon tea. 
Invite your favourite people for an afternoon in the garden, a gathering round a beautifully set kitchen table or a glamorous picnic in the great outdoors.

Use the code AFTERNOON TEA when you check out to get your 3 for 2 tea offers.

Check out there Afternoon Tea Recipes by going online and reading their blog. You can also get 20% off the ‘Great Taste Award 2017’ by using code GTA20.

Also check out there delicious new indulgent green teas.

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.

TEA AND ORAL HEALTH…

According to the UK Tea & Infusion Association they are now saying that a regular intake of flouride is recommended to protect against dental caries and gum disease.

Tea is a natural source of flouride and just one cup can contain 0.3 to 0.5mg. Studies show that the polyphenolic activity of tea may also benefit oral health. 2-3 servings of tea a day contributes to fluoride intakes but levels don’t exceed European safe limits and are not even high enough to reach recommended levels.

This suggests that a higher tea consumption of 4-5 cups daily would be better for our dental health. Among higher consumers of tea (up to 5 cups daily) fluoride intakes meet recommended levels and are still below safe limits. In children aged 4-10 years an appropriate intake would be 1-2 servings and in older children up to 4 servings daily could be consumed while remaining within limits for fluoride and caffeine.

The UK Tea & Infusions Association have set up a Tea Advisory Panel to provide the media with impartial information regarding the health benefits of tea.