Welcome to Britain’s Best Tea Guide Edition 6 – Only the finest for the tea lover

Your guide to which products are a must try this season!

In this edition we have the latest tast-tea drinks, scrumptious edibles and other inspiring accompaniments to your favourite drink. Check out the latest taste-tea delights that have caught our eye, to inspire you.

VITALI-TEA

Tea can help you on your journey to be a better you and this week’s products certainly do that. The point of Vitali-Tea is to help you be a better you by feeling better, and with tea the first thing we put to our lips in the morning where better place to start. This weeks products are there to help you ditch the diet and start a lifestyle.
Make the prettiest breakfast ever 

The Nutty Group

Smoothie bowls are crammed with goodness and, with the right finishing touches, also look amazing!

The Nutty Group have a range of toppings to add to your morning bowl to give it an extra hit of mouth-watering goodness and make it so beautiful you will want to photograph it for your Instagram page. Just look at the picture above, topped with the Nut Krispy and Coconut Blueberry!

Healthy tea with a difference

The Kombucha Tea Co

You’ve probably heard all about Kombucha by now – an ancient Chinese fermented drink made from tea, sugar and something called SCOBY (transforming your cup of tea in to a fizzy drink with a tangy kick). 

The Kombucha Tea Co offer a range of tast-tea treats to go with their unique tea blends, to experience the latest tea craze.

AFTERNOON TEA

The amount of brilliant afternoon teas out there mean that we are asking the question, ‘Why aren’t there more days in the week?’ – we are going to get a petition going!

The afternoon craze has been steeping the nation and to help you choose the best one for you we have 3 of our favourites listed here:

For our full list of associated venues go to TeaNearMe.co.uk

Enjoy afternoon tea

as it was meant to be

Lytton Chalfont Dene

Experience an indulgent Afternoon Tea in elegant surroundings

Experience an English, indulgent afternoon with one of The Lytton’s superb Afternoon Teas. From the traditional tea, finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes or for a quirky alternative opt for the “G & Tea” with quintessentially English gin and tonic served in a china cup. A special treat for a birthday, baby shower, anniversary or get-together with friends.

Choosing is

always the hardest part

Orangery St Elphins Park

Experience an indulgent Afternoon Tea in elegant surroundings

From the traditional tea, finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes, to a more contemporary twist of “G & Tea” with quintessentially English Gin and Tonic served in a china cup. Go on and treat yourself or someone special to a birthday celebration, baby shower or a group catch up with friends.

Perfect food

with the perfect view

Laura Ashley The Manor

With breath-taking views, award-winning food, stunning interior and first class service, Laura Ashley The Manor offers a luxuriant experience the moment you pass through the doors. Look out over 10 acres of natural Hertfordshire woodland and admire the London skyline in the distance, whilst indulging in our Traditional Homemade

Afternoon Tea from the comfort of our award-winning Cavendish Restaurant. Each room within The Manor has been individually designed by Laura Ashley, providing a truly unique style, including 49 bedrooms and suites. Outside, our grounds capture the feel of a true English garden, perfect for a post-lunch stroll.

Fresh ‘n’ Tast-tea

We are always on the look out for new innovations in tea – after all, with so many thousands of varieties of teas out there why drink the same old cuppa everyday? The products we list in this section are teas which we recommend you add to your wish list and be sure to check out at Fes-Tea-Val! Some products are about innovating the very way we take tea whilst other products are unique single estate teas which you are unlikely to have ever tried. We think the key to being a tea lover is having an open mind and trying new products – if you try any of our recommendations take a photo and be sure to tag us on social media @Nationalteaday.
Finest artisan and organic food and drink

Chateux Rouge

There’s nothing we all love more than loose leaf tea and Chateaux Rouge produce some of the finest organic versions including Jasmine Pearls, Green Tea and Darjeeling. 

And, that’s not all. 

The ‘Great Taste Award 2017’ winner also offers freshly roasted coffee beans and luxury hot chocolates as well as essential accompaniments such as English Meadows Honey and Artisan Strawberry Spread.

Never worry about your tea bag again

Nemi Teas

Ever worried what happens to your tea bag after you brew?  Well, with biodegradable tea pyramids, from Nemi Teas, you’ll never need to concern yourself with your tea bags again. 

The company also offer a variety of whole leaf tea blends, iced teas and even chai cocktails.  Their strong ethical basis runs through all their merchandise and the sourcing for them.

BOU-TEA-QUE

Tea is fashionable. It is good for you, much trendier than coffee and there is so much more scope to be original compared to other drinks! Whilst we love writing about which teas to drink, once you have your cuppa ready why not take a minute to think about how you can look sheek in the Bou-tea-que. Tea after all is a stalwart of British culture, of socialising and of fashion back up your gourmet tea with a look to match.
Celebrate summer in style

Bunks Trunks

With the holiday season just around the corner, now is a great time to get a new pair of striking trunks for the beach.  Bunks Trunks offer swimwear for boys and men that are premium quality and inspired by the sea. 

Fast drying, they also protect against the sun for those long days at the beach.  From seagulls to starfish there’s a design for everyone!

Finish your outfit in style

Clare Slater London

The Everyday Bag, from Clare Slater London, is stylish and practical – a winning combination.  The bag is made from luxurious calf leather featuring a slouch silhouette, while still being big enough for all those handbag essentials. 

The bag has an adjustable strap and zipped pockets as well as small pockets for items like your keys.  And, the bag is finished with a stunning turquoise lining inside.

TEA ‘N’ TIPPLE

This weeks recommendations for Tea ‘n’ Tipple are some unique twists on absolute classics. This is what in our view, Tea ‘n’ Tipple is all about, innovation and experimentation on existing ideas! The idea that it was tea or alcohol long consigned to the past and now we can look forward to the age of Tea AND Tipple. The fact is that tea has an incredible amount in common with wine as they both share similar flavour profiles and we really recommend learning with wine in order to improve your tea palate. The wonderful array of tea flavours mean that it can infuse Gins, Rums, Whiskeys and Vodka’s for an incredible twist of classic combinations. Be sure to experiment at home, take a photo and tag us @Nationalteaday.

Most refreshing beer ever

Four Pure

The thirst clenching beers from Four Pure have a case for being the most refreshing beer ever.  The London based brewery is run by two brothers who love to travel and use their experiences to inspire their beer creations. 

These include Easy Peeler Citrus Session IPA and American Pale IPA as well as a classic Pils Lager inspired by their time in Germany.

Grown-up tea-riffic drinks

Tea Venture

Okay, we are all a bit obsessed with tea but there’s nothing wrong with that!  That’s how we discovered Noveltea – tea-based spirits that mean you can have a ‘grown-up’ tea drink. 

Their products include Green Mint Tea with Rum and Earl Grey Tea with Gin and are available in two sizes.  Take your tea tasting to the next level and tantalise those taste buds.

TEA ‘N’ TREATS

Yes, tea is always on our mind! Once our appetite for tea is satisfied however our mind always turns towards what the best possible accompaniment will be! We do love the classic combination of a biscuit and English Breakfast tea but often we love to experiment too.

Whether it is biscuits, bakery, cakes or even Ice Cream there are so many incredible flavour combinations you can create by sampling different snacks with different tea.

After all what tastes amazing with a Darjeeling will have a very different profile with a Rooibos!

The perfect treat with any tea

Northern Brownies

Tea and cake have always been the perfect pair and Northern Brownies lets you continue that tradition with handmade, delicious treats. 

These cakes will give you the perfect excuse for another pot of tea (if you need one) because it would be criminal to waste any.  All are made with the finest ingredients in their local store.

Special cakes for special occasions

Drizzle Drops

Sometimes you just need a cake that is a show stopper and that’s where cakes from Drizzle Drops come in. 

Their handmade, luxury cakes can be made for any occasion from weddings to birthdays, anniversaries and more.  As well as big cakes they also make delicate cupcakes and themed cakes with some very special treats in them.

PAIRINGS & RECIPES

Yes, tea is always on our mind! Once our appetite for tea is satisfied however our mind always turns towards what the best possible accompaniment will be! We do love the classic combination of a biscuit and English Breakfast tea but often we love to experiment too.

Whether it is biscuits, bakery, cakes or even Ice Cream there are so many incredible flavour combinations you can create by sampling different snacks with different tea. After all what tastes amazing with a Darjeeling will have a very different profile with a Rooibos!

Raspberries with a little kick

Pinkster Gin

So, what do you do with the raspberries left over after you have made your flavoured gin? 

The answer from Pinkster Gin is to make Boozy Berries – a jar of gin infused berries that you can use in all sorts of ways.  And, to help you find your favourite, there’s a free cookbook with each jar.  Of course, there’s nothing to stop you just enjoying them as they are too!

Forget wine-food pairings, try tea-food pairing

Hush Hush Chefs

We’ve all heard that you can pair this wine with that food, but Hush Hush Chefs are on the side of us tea fanatics – they recommend tea pairings with their food. 

Their spinach and feta filo pastry quiche, for example, is handmade, filled with roasted vegetables and topped with parmesan cheese.  They also recommend it with either a good Rooibos tea or a mint flavoured tea to bring out the mouth-watering flavours in the dish.

Meet all of these brands and taste their products at Fes-Tea-Val, buy tickets now!

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