All posts tagged: tea

Staying at The Malabar, Cumbria

Over the May Bank Holiday, we treated ourselves to a staycation. We started our trip in the Lake District at The Forest Side in Grasmere (you can read about our stay here) before hopping over to the Dales (on the border with Cumbria), around half an hour away. Here we were staying at The Malabar, a B&B which we’d come across on Mr & Mrs Smith which we fell in love with from the second we saw it online. It was established in 2015 by Graham and Fiona Lappin. Despite having never lived in the area or run their own business before, they took on the project of converting Garths Farm into the wonderful B&B it is today. But it wasn’t all a completely new prospect – Fiona’s family had worked in the hotel business, although she had carved a successful career in publishing. Graham grew up in the southern Indian state of Kerala where his father and grandfather were tea planters, although his career had been in banking in the UK, Hong Kong and India. …

Trying Purple Matcha from Williamson Tea

I was recently sent the most lovely little parcel from Williamson Tea, to try out their new purple matcha. As you might have read on here, I love testing out new tea flavours and the more unusual the better. I’m not really a fan of typical British ‘builders’ tea – I like to be able to taste the flavours of the tea and I think that milk can often ruin this. It feels a bit sacrilegious! Williamson Tea is a fifth generation tea farming business, with over 140 years of experience, committed to growing the highest quality sustainable teas to the benefit of Kenya, its communities, wildlife and environment. They have four farms in the heart of the Kenyan highlands – Tinderet, Kaimosi, Kapchorua and Changoi. I hadn’t actually tried any of their products before, so I was excited to give this a go. The matcha was sent in an adorable little elephant caddy (I’m a sucker for great packaging and containers) along with a traditional bamboo whisk and a little bag. Matcha (a type …

Tea & View ‘Pairing’ with Dragonfly Tea

What is your favourite view? This was a question posed to me recently by Dragonfly Tea. They’ve been researching the best views in Britain and have put together a clever tea and view ‘pairing’ method, to celebrate these views with the perfect cuppa! Along with the British Guild Of Travel Writers, they have travelled around the UK with their yellow chair, snapping beautiful photos representing the perfect view and tea moments, which have now been made into a beautiful book. Here’s the chair at the Roman Baths in Bath, one of my favourite UK cities: The tea suggestion given for this location is Big Red Robe, imperial in its own right and hailed as a life-saving elixir during the Ming dynasty. After it revived the Emperor’s sick mother, the bushes were cloaked in rich red robes in honour of the tea’s restorative qualities. And another at The Japanese Garden in Tatton Park, Cheshire: Here, Gyokuro Green Tea (also known as the ‘Dew Jewel‘ of Japanese tea gardens) is recommended. The process to create the flavour involves …

Iced Green Tea on the go!

I’ve mentioned quite a few times on here that I’m really bad at drinking water. The Coke addiction (of the Cola variety, of course!) is hard to kick, and I’ve tried all kinds of healthier drink alternatives but I’ve generally found them boring or I didn’t like the taste. I’m a big tea fan but I’m not a huge hot drink lover, so I normally let it go a bit cold before drinking it (much to the disgust of my colleagues in the office!). I recently found out about a new company creating Iced Green Teas, established by two ladies called Hua He and Sophia Nadur. Hua qualified as a doctor in Shanghai and settled in the UK around 9 years ago, while Sophia was born in Trinidad and studied and worked in Latin America and the US before moving to the UK in 2001. With Hua’s medical background and Sophia’s corporate food and drink experience, the pair teamed up to bring a brand new product to the UK market, and Tg was born. There …

Afternoon Tea at Bettys, Harrogate

As you may have read in this previous blog post, I recently spent the weekend up in North Yorkshire where my mum lives, and where I grew up as a child.  On my last day, before begrudgingly catching the train back down to London, we decided to go for Afternoon Tea at Bettys Tearoom in Harrogate. I had taken my mum to Afternoon Tea at Harrods last year as a Mother’s Day treat and we enjoyed it so much – I think it’s a lovely way for mums and daughters to have cake and a catch-up! Apparently Afternoon Tea was first invented by The Langham Hotel in London and they are marking the 150th anniversary this year.     Bettys is highly regarded across the globe and at weekends, you will often find a queue around the corner of the building, with tourists from all over the world paying a visit. It was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft skills. …

A Whole New World Of Flavours From Bluebird Tea Co

A good cup of tea is part of our British culture – the first thing my mum does when getting back from a shopping trip is to whack the kettle on and get out the Yorkshire Tea! But funnily enough, I never really got into it (shock horror!) – I think largely because in Cyprus, it was just too hot, so we would drink iced teas and frappes. But when I moved to London, I started to get into flavoured teas. To begin with, it was just the usual green tea, strawberry tea etc. Then I learned of some companies that produced much more creative flavours and combinations – one of these, is the fabulous Bluebird Tea Co, which sells some of the most inventive teas I’ve ever come across! Bluebird Tea Co is a Brighton-based business, owned and run by young couple Krisi and Mike who met at University. They saw a gap in the market for a loose-leaf tea brand and are now the UK’s expert tea mixologists, with over 50 tea flavours blending …

Swapping Morning Coffee For Bubble Tea

Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a brand new bubble tea shop in Shoreditch, quite literally a stone’s throw from my office. I’ve been known to go well out of my way for bubble tea and up until now, had been walking 15 minutes to Boxpark to get my fix. But luckily Chatime have come to my rescue! Tim joined me for this tea tasting session but as much as we both enjoy bubble tea, our experience of it had been mostly limited to fruit teas with tapioca – I was keen to learn more about what this new place had to offer. We were very lucky to have Allen Du from Chatime spent over half an hour with the two of us, talking us through the various types of teas available and putting some together for us to try.     There are five different types of tea to choose from (in three sizes) – Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse and Tea Latte. Each of these can be customised with …