1.In the 400-600’s demand for tea being used as a medicinal drink rose in China.

2. Tea in Japan during this period was rare and expensive, and enjoyed most by high priests and the aristocracy.

3. During 648-749 a Japanese Monk Gyoki planted the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.

4. Buddhism and tea devotion spread and the Japanese Buddhist Saint and Priest Saicho and Monk Kubo Daishi, brought tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from China and planted them in the gardens in Japanese temples.

5. In 951 a period when disease was rife, Kuya started Obukucha, green tea served at the New Year to ward off illness.

6. Tea is first mentioned in the ancient texts as an offering. In the Buddhist scriptures it is often spoken as an offering made to the Buddha.



My Afternoon Tea of the week choice this week has to be The Village Kitchen in Edwinstowe which is a small village in Nottinghamshire. The Village Kitchen is located within a small courtyard and is opposite the church that legend says Robin Hood married Maid Marion.

You couldn’t get a more idyllic setting for a delicious afternoon tea. The menu choice is amazing –



Savoury Afternoon Tea for Two – served 1.30-3.0pm

Toasted sandwiches of cheese & ham, tomato or onion

Dressed salad, coleslaw & crisps

Two cups of homemade soup of the day

Homemade warm cheese scone with cheese, pickles & chutney

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

£8.95 per person


Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two – served 1.30-3.0pm

Sandwich of choice – cheese, ham & tomato chutney, tuna mayonnaise & cucumber, chicken & bacon mayonnaise or smoked salmon and cream cheese

Dressed salad, coleslaw & crisps

Two choices of cakes (see counter)

Warm fruit scone, jam, clotted cream & strawberries

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

£8.95 per person


Morning Tea for Two – 

Bacon Sandwiches on buttered bloomer

Warm cheese & ham croissants

Cheese tomato & chive muffins

Roasted balsamic tomatoes

Pan chocolate

Yoghurt & strawberries

Granola slices 

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

Glass of Orange Juice

£8.95 per person



The Village Kitchen are also introducing themed afternoon teas from Monday 4th June.

Themed Afternoon Tea’s

We are introducing a themed afternoon tea on a MONDAY (when we are usually closed) 4th June. Our first one will be an American Theme and bookings are ESSENTIAL for this event. Please phone 07890913127 or message on Facebook to book your table.

We will also be holding one on MONDAY 20th August to coincide with Afternoon Tea Week and again you will need to book your table for this event.