The Orangery Tea Rooms

Time for Tea Please?

One thing I’ve majorly missed during lockdown is visiting new places and finding new gems for a good ol cuppa.

So making the most of my weekends as I’ve been working throughout the whole pandemic I paid a visit to The Orangery Tea Rooms , which is based at Ketteringham Hall in Norfolk , England.

There falling full guidance to be covid safe so know-one needs to worry and it was very well signed it to keep the staff and visitors safe.

The Tea rooms itself is situated alongside the hall in some lovely grounds.

Cream Tea

After browsing the menu it wasn’t difficult to choose what I was going to try. So I went for the classic Cream Tea. I was very impressed that I was able to choose which tea i’d like to have with it. So of course I chose their Earl Grey.

Given the current climate all cream teas and their menu is takeaway only but when you’ve got lovely grounds to sit in , it wasn’t going to be an issue.

For a “takeaway” cream tea I was super impressed. Especially as it’s my first visit to the tea rooms I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Come on just look at that scone , I’ve tasted and baked enough scones to know that from just looking at that one it’s going to be tasty.

I’m a jam first person always ! Mainly because the cream sits better on the jam in my opinion and it just doesn’t taste the same to me eaten any other the way.

The scone was light well risen yet crisp in the right places for that perfect bite.

The Earl Grey to my surprise was an actually a homemade teabag filled with looseleaf tea. The Earl Grey was perfectly balanced in its floral bergamot tones. As always I drink my earl grey tea black to allow the tea flavours to sing.

You could have had any of the teas or hot drinks with the cream teas for any of you who aren’t tea drinkers, although I’m sure that doesn’t apply to any of you !!!!

For me when having a cream tea or an afternoon tea I tend to favour teas like earl grey or flavoured black teas as the freshness of the tea makes the taste of the food much nicer. However tea is unique to you so drink what ever you like !

I’d highly recommend paying a visit to the orangery as why wouldn’t you want to sit in the lovely grounds having a cream tea with good company on a lovely day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea Treat – Earl Grey Scones

Time for Tea Please?

When being in lockdown it’s important to,fill your time with things you love doing or haven’t had a chance to do in a while and for me that’s baking. Although I’m still working I’ve found extra time in the day to fill with things I’ve not done in a while.

So today I’m back baking scones. For today’s ones I’m keeping with the the tea theme and baking some Earl Grey flavour ones.

The Ingredients

1lb Self Raising Flour
4oz Butter
4oz Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
Milk
3 Earl Grey Tea Bags
1 egg (optional)
Round cutter

Method

1. Brew half a mug of tea using all 3 tea bags and steep for 5/10 mins and then leave to cool.

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2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees, Weigh out the flour , sugar , butter and baking powder and rub together to form bread crumbs.

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3. Alternating the tea and the milk till a damp dough is formed.

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4. Form in to a round dough , flatten the dough by hand to the height of your cutter. (I choose to flatten by hand instead of rolling it out to keep as much air in the dough).

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5. Cut out as many rounds as you can and place on to a greased/lined baking tray. Re roll and repeat stage 4 & 5 again till the dough is used.

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6. Glaze the scones with an egg wash or milk wash .

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7. Bake for aprox 12-15 mins till golden brown or till flicking the bottom of your scones sound hollowish.

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8. Cool and then serve.

I’m choosing to serve mine with lemon and lime curd and some sweetened cream cheese. Delicious .

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Enjoy with a lovely mug of tea.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Afternoon Tea – The Assembly House

Time for Tea Please?

As a belated birthday treat off of my mum I was treated to afternoon tea at The Assembly House in Norwich Norfolk. I absolutely love their afternoon teas and the setting is just amazing for it!

Outside

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Inside

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I could stare at that decor and those chandeliers all day long!

The afternoon tea is of a set menu but there are lots of choices of tea to choose from all of which are from a local tea company , Wilkinsons.

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Every time I come here I like try at least 1 or 2 teas and always a different blend.

Today I’ve gone for the Peach blend. A China black tea with dried peach pieces.

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You get a large pot of tea filled with loose leaf tea and a tea strainer to keep the bits in. The only downside of this way of having tea is that you don’t have control over the final strength as you aren’t able to remove the loose leaves. Which is fine for me as I love a strong tea.

As a black based tea with fruit flavouring, it’s brewed liquid of a brown colour. With its fruity aspect within the blend I will drink it black as I find flavoured black tea with milk a bit weird ! However that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t!

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Firs sip is light and refreshing. With some fruit black teas it can be too dark and out shine the fruit flavour. With this tea its full of flavour and the peach out powers the black tea aspect of it making it tealicious. The other perk of this tea is that it’s a great pallet cleanser for all the aspects of an afternoon tea.

The Main Event

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You get so much choice from delicate sandwiches, to warm scones and lots of sweet treats ! You can even ask for more of everything!

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Would highly recommend!
Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittards – Nutcracker Tea

Time for Tea Please?

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singling loud for all to hear! Or get pouring a massive pot of Tea. As most of my friends and family know I’m a bit of a tea but so what better way than to treat me is to buy me tea! After spending a festive weekend away with one of my besteas she surprised me with the gift of tea! A festive tea filled bauble of Whittards – Nutcracker Tea.

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Isn’t it just the cutest!
Although it’s a bit big for my tiny xmas tree, hehe.

Once popping opening the bauble tin inside you find a tea pouch filled with tea.

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For this tea Whittards blends : Rooibos, Hazelnut Brittle (sugar, hazelnuts), Pecan Kernels, Walnuts, Flavourings, Grated Coconut, Cinnamon, Stevia Leaves. Doesn’t that just sounds tealicious. Even better that its caffeine free and their for the perfect Christmas tea to sip on before bed time.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the smells of a rich fruity toasted aroma. The depths of the smells coming from the tea is very intense. The hazelnut brittle packs a very sweet intensity to the blends underdone by the coconut an almost toasted side to the nuts. It’s only within further scrutiny that that you can detect the Rooibos but it’s very subtle.

Let’s Get Brewing

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The aromas whilst brewing doesn’t overly change from what it smells like in its dry state. It’s still rich sweet and toasty but the Roobois is still the hardest to detect.

The brewed liquid as expected with a tea blend that contains Rooibos is the distinct redy brown.

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Let’s Get Sipping!

First sip is just tealicious !

I really am surprised by how nutty the tea really is! I know it’s called nutcracker but it really does fit it’s name. It’s rich sweet toasty. All the flavours work together just perfectly providing a hidden richness. It’s not until what I like to call the after taste the flavour of the Rooibos has its chance to shine. This isn’t a bad thing because it allows you to enjoy the rich nutty tones followed by the refreshingness and distinct Rooibos flavour. It’s almost like a mini pallet cleanser before the next nutty sip.

Now who doesn’t love a roasted , toasted nut at Christmas ? Not me and hopefully not you !

Happy Sipping 🙂

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The River Kitchen

Time for Tea Please?

When you get an afternoon off what better way to spend it than sort by the Norfolk broads with a pot of earl grey tea and some yummy cakes.

Thanks to the river kitchen my fave eatery on the broads I was in for a treat.

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Some yummy mango and lime cake and chocolate brownie!

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Happy Sipping 🙂

Whittard – Pink Lemonade

Time for Tea Please?

What better drink to have during the summer months is a lovely refreshing cold brew! Today I paid a much over due visit to my local Whittard for a little tea tasting and to see what’s new on their summer menu.

Today they had their Pink Lemonade on sample.

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The aroma of this tea is super sweet but that’s exactly what your after with a lemonade so I’m hoping it tastes that way too,

The colour is just spot on too. With a pinky peach colour tone.

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First sip is just tealicious !

As its aroma hinted at it is very sweet in its flavour. It certainly packs a punch and it tastes exactly like it says on the tin. It just screams pink lemonade but it also has an added floral tone to it with an almost rose like tang. I do love a good bit of Rose in tea !

I can just picture myself sipping on this tea sat outside on a hot summers evening with a super iced version of this tea. It just screams summer ! It’s slightly naughty but way too nice miss out on !!!!!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Savoury Tea

Time for Tea Please?

A perfect accompaniment to a good cup of tea is a homemade scone!
Today I paid a visit to Mad Hatters Tea Shop, which you can find in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and had their savoury tea.

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Which consists of a cheese scone, butter, red onion chutney, salad, coleslaw & crisps. A long side a pit of tea of your choice, of which I chose lady grey.

I just love the pairing of the floral tones within the lady tea grey blend alongside the savoury notes of the cheese scone. Making it the perfect light lunch.

Happy Sipping 🙂