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 🙂

House of Lilah – Enchanted Carousel

As you all should know by now I love trying out new teas so when House of Lilah asked if I’d like to try some of their teas of course I said yes.

Firstly can we just take a second to appreciate the amazingness of House of Lilahs packaging !

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As I’ve already mentioned the packaging it’s a massive clue towards the ethos of the brand.

Taken from their website:

“Art creates bonds and offers sensory experiences that deeply connects people across communities.”

“Recent researches have proven that participation in Art related activities increases cognitive abilities, but can also contribute to improved social relationships and community cohesion. At HOUSE OF LILAH, we believe that art is a powerful force for social change, and we want to leverage that force to help young people from underserved communities unleash their magic.”

It’s this approach they also use when designing their teas. Creating teas that can either evoke memories or transport you elsewhere sip by sip ! To find out more about House of Lilah hit the link : https://www.houseoflilah.co.uk

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For this tea House of Lilah blends Ceylon (black tea), stevia, strawberry pieces (freeze-dried), cotton candy flavouring, strawberry flavouring, cream soda flavouring.

As soon as you open the tea pouch you are engulfed with the sweetness of the blend. It is amazing and it takes you right back to being a kid in a sweet shop, or maybe as the name suggests at the fun fair. As where else would you find a Carousel?

Let’s get brewing

Sometimes you just need to make your own tea bag !

As soon as the hot water hits the tea the magic begins. The aroma whilst brewing isn’t too dissimilar to that of its dry state. Other than the strawberry tones to the tea which become more fragrant as they become rehydrated I guess !

With any black based tea the brewed liquid is of a dark brown colouring.

With any flavoured black based tea I tend to always drink it black. As i feel the flavour is more pure. That doesn’t mean you can’t ! Tea is unique to you after all.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I am firstly surprised at how sweet the tea is. I am totally amazed by it.

Despite the aroma of the tea the strawberry flavour isn’t at the forefront. Which goes against what I was expecting . Where as its actually a mix of all the flavours with the strawberry blended with the others .

It’s almost got a cotton candy style flavour to it. It’s sweet and rich and almost feels slightly naughty to keep on drinking it but it tastes too good!

I feel this tea would be best drank without milk unless you want a super sweet milkshake like tea. I’d also be intrigued to see how the tea tastes iced cold. Which is further magic this tea could bring.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Clean Tea – Zest

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping on Zest a tea blend by Clean Tea.

Clean Tea is a company that’s “creates blends from the heart, with our own hands, that we hope you enjoy, and will leave you feeling amazing.

Why Clean Tea? Because it is clean of chemicals or artificial flavours. Just organic, natural herbs and fruits in delicious beneficial flavours. Made with love from Byron Bay

Handcrafted and family operated by a mother and daughter team, we both have a love and passion for health and tea.” Info taken direct from their website.

To find out more or to try Clean Tea for yourself hit the link : https://cleantea.co.uk

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Upon open the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with a punch of lemon. Considering the three types of lemon based ingredients within the blend it’s hardly surprising but it appeals to the senses and it has mouth watering capabilities.

For this blend of tea Clean Tea combines :Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Peel and Ginger.

Let’s Get Brewing!

As soon as the boiling water hits the loose leaf tea the magic happens. The aroma doesn’t massively change other than the lemon grass becoming more prominent, compared to the dry state.

The brewed liquid is of a yellow colouring.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I am hooked. I do love the use of lemon in teas and this just BeauTEAful. The ingredients of the tea blend together just perfectly. Sometimes I find that teas that rely on lemongrass for its lemonness can almost be harsh in its flavour but with this tea it’s not the case.

This tea manages to be zingy without the sharpness a lemon could normally bring you because of this you can’t help going back for more.

Mellow Yellow comes to mind when sipping on this tea. It’s a calm and relaxing tea to sip on but also punchy and refreshing. It takes you away to a dreamy place. Seeing as I can’t travel anywhere at the moment a nice warm beach would do. Ahh bliss.

Having this tea as cold brew would definitely be worth a try on a hot summers day.

Happy Sipping 🙂

L’Atelier du Thé – Pink Panther

Time for Tea Please?

What better way to spend an afternoon than sipping on a brew ! Thanks to the lovelies at L’Atelier du Thé I bring you their Pink Panther.

L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset. To find out more or to try their teas hot the link !

https://atelierduthe.com

Pink Panther

For this tea blend L’Atelier du Thé uses : Black Tea, Dried Strawberries and Natural Strawberry Flavour.

Upon opening the tea pouch you are instantly engulfed with the strawberry tones of the loose leaf tea. Is mouthed wateringly enticing and here’s to hoping it tastes as good as it smells!

Let’s get brewing !

The aroma whilst brewing doesn’t differ too much from its dry state which is a very good sign indeed.

With any black based tea even with an added flavouring your expecting to get a brown brewed liquid. This tea is no exception to this.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip is just tealicious.
The balance of flavour is just perfect. The black tea aspect of this blend is just right and it’s not over powering the strawberry. It is able to shine through along side the black tea base in perfect harmony. Which is an amazing find within a tea blend.

The use of the strawberry within the blend brings an add sweetness to the sipping experience. It’s just uplifts the tea and almost takes off what can be a bitter side to the tea sip with a black tea.

Any black tea with a flavouring I personally always drink black and recommend that you do too. I can’t help but feel that with this tea if you were to add some milk it would give off a strawberry milkshake vibe.

This is tea isn’t one to be rushed. It’s the kind of tea for a full on moment. It’s flavour is to be savoured. Light and refreshing but dark and sweet too. This tea is one of great things where you really do get from the blend what it says it’s going todo and that is a sip worth enjoying at a leisurely pace.


A BeauTEAful brew!

Happy Sipping 🙂

Tea Pop

Time For Tea Please?

Today I got home from work to some lovely teapost from the people over at Tea-Pop.

TEA On-A-Stick! at Tea-Pop, we believe that good health starts with the body and mind, and tea is one of natures true gifts to stimulate both, that is why we developed Tea-Pop, a pure mineral extraction of all the natural goodness tea leaves, fruits, plants and herbs. (Taken direct from website)

If you’d like to find out more about Tea-Pop or to try their teas then hit the link! https://www.myteapop.com

Today I have chosen to open tea caddy of the Herbal and Fruit Tea. Each caddy is vibrant and inviting and it certainly catches your attention. Each caddy comes with 6 individually wrapped tea pops 2 in each flavour.

Passion Fruit Punch

For the makings of this gourmet tea pop , Tea-Pop uses – 100% Natural mint tea leaves and plants. When opening the tea pop pouch however it doesn’t smell very minty the fruity sides of the teas name sake is more apparent.

Let’s Get Brewing!

One perk of this tea is that’s brewing is made super simple , just pop your tea pop in a mug and pour over with either hot or cold water ! Today I’m going for hot!

The brewing time is instant ! Which saves a good few minutes of waiting around! Always handy when in a rush.

One thing i wasn’t expecting it though was the colour of the brewed liquid. It’s more of a greeny Brown in its colouring I guess i was thinking it would be more pink based on the colour of the pop.

The aroma from its pop state also changes. It turns a way from its more fruity notes to more of a floraly type one.

Let’s get sipping !

First sip and I’m not going to lie I was a little perplexed . It doesn’t taste anything like I expected it too. Given the name of the tea passion fruit I was expecting the tea to be a lot more fruity than it turned out to be. I can still just about get very light hints of passion fruit but it’s not the screaming overall flavour. Although given its use of mint tea leaves this is a lot closer to the taste of what I’m sipping.

It’s not an unpleasant sipping experience it’s just not what I was expecting it to taste like. Maybe I’ve used too much water , maybe it would be better if I used to 2 pops or would it taste better cold? All plausible reasons to which could effect its taste.

It’s not a majorly sweet tea which given it’s natural and herbal uses was to be expected. Looking forward to trying more of Tea Pops teas and seeing their outcomes.

Happy Sipping 🙂

Joes Tea Co. St.Clements Lemon

Time for Tea Please?

Today we are sipping on St. Clements Lemon, From Joes Tea Co.

Joes Tea Co was founded in 2012 where he sought after organic blends and has since won 25 great taste awards. Joe is after the best and when he means best it’s referring to exceptionally sourced ethical , organic tea plantations.

To find out more or to try this or any of their other teas hit the link below:

https://joesteacompany.com

St. Clements Lemon

As soon as you open the little box you are instantly engulfed with a wave of lemongrass and ginger. It’s super punchy which is giving a great vibe for this tea. It’s not until a closer sniffing that fruity citrus tones of the orange and mandarin start to peep through.

For this tea blend Joes Tea Co uses: Lemongrass, orange peel, ginger, natural orange flavour, mandarin flavour.

Let’s get brewing!

Upon brewing the tea and the aroma continues to intensify and the lemongrass becomes the biggest smell.

As to be expected given the ingredients within the blend the brewed liquid is of a yellowy Orange.

Let’s get sipping

First sip is just tealicious like it’s aroma it’s sip is punchy and flavoursome. Like I find with a lot of teas they can be what I like to call a 2 part sip. Where you start off with one flavour and finish’s with a second. With this tea the first part is the lemongrass and ginger followed by the second part of orange and clementine.

The only downside of a 2 part sip tea is that some of the flavours instead of blending together they are slightly more separated than blended as one.

Although with this tea the lemongrass is the most prominent flavour but the citrus flavours make a refreshing fruity after taste.

Happy Sipping 🙂

L’ATELIERduThe – James and The Giant Peach Tea

Time for Tea Please?

Today I’m sipping on James and The Giant Peach Tea from L’ATELIERduThé. I love the name so much and obviously straight think of the movie/book and can i visage a massive peach in a tree with James and the creep crawlies. Tea and adventures are a perfect match so hopefully this tea will be too.

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I absolutely love the wooden tea caddy that it comes in. Its not like anything I’ve seen before so love the uniqueness it brings. Even more so when it says that it’s completely compostable too.

L’ATELIERduThé is a French tea company, which fuses their rich Chinese heritage with their French Palates to blend high quality global teas that taste great. Along with working with a Eco-conscious mindset.

To find out more or to try L’ATELIERduThé hit the link below.
https://atelierduthe.com

James and The Giant Peach Tea

Upon opening the tea caddy you can instantly smell the sweet peach aroma and earthy Oolong .

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Let’s get brewing!

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Whilst brewing the aroma of the tea doesn’t overly change from its dry state other than the peach becoming more prominent.

The brewed liquid of a yellowy colour which slightly different to what I was expecting. For some reason I was thinking it would be more green.

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First sip is tealicious , I am pleasantly surprised. I think it’s probably down to the tea having a green tinge that in my mind I feel I’m drinking a green tea when actually it’s oolong. The main tea body of the tea has an almost earthiness to it. It’s very light in its flavour and just as your half way through the sip of the oolong aspect of the tea you are hit with the sweet punch of apricot. Which is really refreshing and lifts the tea to another level.

The aspects of the tea and fruit flavour work perfectly together and compliment each other very well. Neither over power each other which is a perfect balance within a blend.
This is a perfect afternoon sipping tea , the sun is shining and everything’s good and covid19 is at the back of the mind for a few minutes of tea pleasure.

Happy Sipping 🙂

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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 🙂

Tea Breaks

Time for Tea Please?

It’s crazy times that we are living in at the moment , it’s important that we stay indoors as much as we possible can to protect ourselves and others. I’m a key worker so I’m still having to go to work and provide a much needed cafe service and slice of normality at the local hospital . However nothing beats coming home to a slice of cake to unwind after a hard day. It may not be busy but being an ear to the NHS staff makes being there all the worth it.

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Stay Safe , Stay Home

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 🙂