Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Tylney Hall in Hampshire

So I had a friend in town who had offered to buy me Afternoon Tea as a Christmas pressie!  Forward ten months (in my defence she has been abroad for work!) I found myself being recommended Tylney Hall in Hampshire.  Thank you NCT Mums!

So it was nearing on dark by the time we reached Wayne Manor - I mean Tylney Hall - and we were in awe of it's grandeur.

Once we had admired the ceilings and twirled around pretending to be Cinderella, we were seated in the lounge by the fireplace.  We decided to have a pot of earl grey and a pot of English Breakfast, one Afternoon Tea and one gluten-free one and then we threw caution to the wind and ordered two glasses of champagne on me!  We hadn't seen each other in a while and it's so nice to be off the phone and speaking in real-life - so definitely something to celebrate.

 I thoroughly recommend Tylney Hall for Afternoon Tea and although I didn't stay over or use the facilities, it looks like a lovely hotel too.  It was quite quiet during the Autumn midweek but there was still a nice atmosphere and the staff were very friendly.  

Thank you my lovely friend for this Christmas treat.  I think I was in need for some "me time"!  

But for now " - To the Batcave Alfred!"

Friday, 11 May 2018

Comeback Queen

I didn’t wake up this morning thinking I’d be blogging today after such a long time. Without a word to my dear readers, I wrote my last post in 2016, had a baby and disappeared into the sunset.

This wasn’t the plan but nevertheless I’ve enjoyed taking a year to fully experience  Motherhood and adjust to all the changes it’s brought me.

I never expected these changes to include my stance on my tea blog but I felt that where I was moving forward in other areas, I’d hit a mental roadblock with the subject.

I suppose it’s no surprise that under the pressure of learning how to look after a little one and with having a chronic illness as well, mindful tea breaks became less about ‘warming the pot’ and more about chucking a teabag in and watching it go cold anyway. Oh maaaan, it took me a few months to reach the point of drinking a whole cup of tea I’d made! Small violins at the ready.

Most days I feel myself torn in two directions; one of slap dash convenience, resulting from thinking for two and one wanting to be mindful and environmentally conscious, wanting wellbeing for my family. 

Then I realised that my interest in tea was always a reflection of this. I wanted to explore what tea really was as I’d only known soggy, dusty teabags. ‘How can I connect with what I’m drinking when I don’t even know what a tea leaf really looks like?’ I challenged myself.

This challenge has always been at the heart of Tea Street blog whether I’m writing about or not. As a lifestyle blog I now feel I don’t have to exclusively review tea and tea rooms to feel I have something to say. I feel excited to keep broadening my horizons, questioning what I’m consuming and exploring the environment around me.

Rome wasnt built in a day but I’m glad I’ve redefined my goals and have some exciting work ahead!