Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Crooked House Afternoon Tea

We had a lovely afternoon tea at The Crooked House of Windsor yesterday!  A very interesting building (literally crooked), it was originally built in 1592 and re-built in 1687.

I didn't think i'd manage a whole cake stand to myself so we shared the sandwiches and had a couple of scones each.  The scones were delicious and obviously fresh as they parted in perfect halves by hand. There was also plenty of clotted cream and jam to top it off!  

I went with a lapsang souchong tea, which was actually my first and i really enjoyed its smokey taste.  I've called tea "smokey" before, but this takes it to a whole new level.  You can smell it from where it brews in the pot; very 'wood burning on an open fire'... We tried a mango tea as well, which was a real delight.  I think i'd like to get some of the mango tea in for the Spring when it finally arrives! 

We were looking for a relaxing, low-key tearooms and found it very charming and traditional.  The food was lovely and fresh and there was a whole page of speciality teas in the menu, which is lovely to see.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Tea Street's Air Space!

Not wanting to be biased to the streets, we're reporting on Tea served 35,000 ft up in the sky and what we found on Virgin Atlantic's Premium Economy 'High Tea' service!

An exciting way to break up the journey, it was a real treat when the flight attendant brought round the High Tea tray!  The cheese and onion finger sandwiches were nice and tasty and the vanilla cupcake made by the Brighton-based Indulgence Cupcake Company was delicious - even though it was served rather chilled!  The linen napkin offered on premium economy flights was a nice touch as well.

Since we didn't know much about the tea on offer, we felt a selection of teas would be an improvement and if there was a choice of quality tea bags the flight attendant could bring round hot water instead of the pre-brewed jug.  We'd like to see a choice of something like chamomile tea for relaxation and a bit of sleep!

For the price of the seat, it would have been great to see the tea trolly and tiered cake stands offered at the Upper Class seats (or beds!) but overall we felt that having 'High Tea' on a plane was a fun novelty, reminiscent of the Pan Am days of good service and fun to have while watching a film! 

It's just come out that Virgin Atlantic's competitor British Airways have teamed up with Twinings to inject some quality tea on board!  The new tea will be a blend of Assam, Kenyan and high grown Ceylon Tea, which Twinings describes as "a classic combination giving body, strength, flavour and colour".

This is really exciting and it's great to see these air travel companies competing to improve their tea service on board.  With such prestigious British companies like Virgin and BA, it's nice to see them taking advantage of the glamour that tea has to offer!