Archive of ‘Tea’ category

Do it yourself with Teapigs

At this time of year, nothing beats a lovely hot drink to warm you from your head to your toes. It can get pricey buying a drink from the coffee shop every morning though…

Thank goodness for Teapigs then. They have developed a whole range of fantastic teas that will help you create your favourite drinks yourself. There are “tea temples” in flavours such as darjeeling, earl grey, popcorn and even chocolate flake, and there are matcha teas and lattes too! Only whole leaf teas make the cut and everything is made with the very best ethical intentions.

If you want to know how to make tea like they do in the coffee shops, check out Teapigs TV’s videos. Find out how to make the perfect chai latte below…

And if you’re planning on treating yourself (or a loved one…) then we’ve got a fantastic discount code for you to use!

Just enter TPTVBLOGS at the checkout and you’ll receive 15% off teas and tea ware (Excludes, gifts, cheeky deals and matcha kits. Can only be used once)

Drink tea with Fifi Lapin!

At Cellardoor there are a whole list of things that we love… cuteness, Fifi Lapin and tea all appear on it. You can imagine the “ooohs” and “awwws” that came from the office this morning when we stumbled across these…
The super-stylish illustrated bunny now has her own range of mugs and we can’t wait to get our hands on some. We’re glad we spotted them in time for Christmas as they’ll make great gifts. Or maybe we’ll just keep them for ourselves…
Buy yours for just £8 here!

Time for Tea

With the third series of The Great British Bake Off well underway on BBC2, the pastime of making time for tea has never been more popular. 
If you’ve been inspired by what you’ve seen on the programme, then be sure to pick up the accompanying book, which promises to turn your everyday bakes into showstoppers, under the expert instruction of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. With easy-to-follow recipes and lots of handy hints on perfecting the more technical elements of baking, it’s a failsafe guide on how to whip up a gourmet meringue, prove a perfect loaf and avoid the most dreaded baker’s downfall of all- the utterly terrifying soggy bottom! 
Once you’ve mastered an array of goodies, then your can turn your attention to presentation- which, as we all know from Mr. Hollywood is just as important as a good bake. With this in mind, here’s a look at some of the prettiest tea party pieces around:

So whether you’re attempting a tarte tatin, wrestling a rum baba recipe or just enjoying a good old fashioned cuppa, there’s no excuse not to do it in style. Happy baking!
By Sarah Farrell

Rhubarb Rhubarb

This week we feel that we are much in need for some tea and wholesome cake-loving! Why not try making our Rhubarb and Apple Cake one cold and rainy June evening?
8 oz self raising flour
5 oz Demerara sugar
4 oz butter
2 small eggs, beaten
2 large cooking apples, peeled and chopped up roughly
1 tbsp white sugar
4 sticks of rhubarb, medium sized
100ml water
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream, as desired
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Prepare rhubarb sticks: peel and chop into cube-like pieces and put the water sugar and rhubarb into a pan together and gently heat until soft
-       Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl and rub in butter to make ‘breadcrumbs’
-       Add and mix in the chopped apple and beaten egg
-       In a well-greased oblong cake tin, grease with butter and lay greased grease paper
-       Put in half the cake mixture, then evenly add in the cooked rhubarb and put the second half of the cake mixture, spreading evenly on top
-       Sprinkle on Demerara sugar
-       Bake for 1 hour
-       Serve with whipped cream
By Melodie Walter

(Fred &) Fran-tastic!

It’s just too easy to go to Starbucks. The drinks range is so large that it’s impossible to NOT like something, there is a choice of snacks to suit your mood, the Wi-Fi is free, and last but not least, they are EVERYWHERE.

But what do you do if you live in an area without a Starbucks?! Yes, such areas do still exist and Stoke Newington is one of them.  Well fret not, ‘No Starbucks’ doesn’t equal ‘no coffee’ in Stoke Newington. Nothing of the sort.  Instead, N16 offers such an abundance of coffee shops, tea rooms and cafes that making a coffee decision usually requires a flip chart and a lie down.

Fred & Fran is one of the abundance. Found on a quiet residential road, a minute away from Stoke Newington Church Street, Fred & Fran is a small, simply decorated and cosy ‘Artisan Coffee House’, serving, as well as Square Mile coffee, a good selection of drinks, homemade sandwiches and cakes.  As well as a wealth of natural daylight, and help-yourself water in retro milk bottles, Fred & Fran boasts the friendliest staff this side of the Thames.

If you’re in the area and craving some caffeine, head to Fred & Fran. The chocolate, mandarin and almond cake is worth the trip to N16 on its own.

Fred & Fran: 55 Kynaston Road, London N16 0EB

Operation Cup of Tea

In the wake of the riots that erupted up and down the country last week, numerous facebook groups popped up damning the rioters, and asking for calm. The one that really caught our eye, with its quintessentially Britishness was the Anti-Riot Operation have a cup of tea. The group urged us to do the most British of things, when faced with a difficult situation, have a nice cuppa! 

The mentality is similar to that used in posters produced during the second world war, which have recently had a resurgence in popularity – and the the Keep Calm and Carry on mantra has never seemed more fitting! So what better way to enjoy a nice cup of tea, than in these keep calm and carry on mugs.

And as if you needed any more confirmation, here are some quotes from throughout history, reinforcing the importance of a good cup of tea!

“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea” 
- Bernard-Paul Heroux (which in fact the Anti-Riot Operation took on as their slogo!)

“To an Englishman, tea is of far greater importance than toilet paper.” 
— anon.

“The entire British Empire was built on cups of tea … and if you think I’m going to war without one, mate, you’re mistaken.”
From film Lock Stock and two smoking Barrels.

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” 
William Gladstone. (British Prime Minister)

Something for the Weekend

Most of us girls love a good cocktail. Most of us love anything vintage too, and not to mention a good cup of tea – so imagine our joy at finding a place that combines all of the above…

Tucked away on the corner of London’s Rathbone Street and looking a little bit like your grandmother’s lounge – in the best possible way, of course – Bourne and Hollingsworth nails prohibition style in a manner that shouts quintessentially English. Teacups on tables, faded floral wallpaper, frilly lampshades and framed needlework on the walls (oh and ok, the slight smell of damp – but hey, it’s authentic at least) make this basement bar somewhere pretty intriguing. Add to that the sight of people sipping cocktails out of vintage crockery and jam jars and that’s surely all you need to be lured over to the menu – that and the promise of a Jammie Dodger with your drink, of course.

Out of 20-odd cocktails served by some very skilled bar staff, a must-try is the Chimp’s Tea; a mix of whisky, peach liqueur, earl grey tea syrup and orange zest that has a lovely tangy kick. Yours to sip for £7, it comes presented in a china cup and saucer, and the best bit has to be the shortbread biscuit on the side – perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

If you’re looking for unique cocktails, vintage style and a quirky atmosphere that almost feels a little bit exclusive, Bourne and Hollingsworth is most definitely worth a visit. A new contender for our favourite London bar? Anywhere that combines cocktails and teacups surely gets our vote…

Lip Service

Remember we talked about the gorgeous FrostFrench and Lipton’s pop-up tea boutique in Islington? Well, a few days ago we at Cellardoor were lucky enough to be invited to the designers’ ‘Drink Gorgeous Campaign’ press night; the launch of their delicate, LIpton infusions inspired glassware.

Upon entering the teeny tiny FrostFrench Soho store, we were greeted not only by tea lovers and fashionistas but by a completely inspired Alice In Wonderland décor. The window mannequins donned bizarre but intriguing rabbit heads and oversized playing cards hung magically from the ceiling in what was bound to be an interesting evening. The most endearing thing, however, were photographs of the ladies themselves overlapping across the shop walls, along with other inspirational images. (We cooed over the bunny in a tea cup)

Guests chatted and gushed over the loveliness of this new range whilst everything from 70’s funk to the Rolling Stones blared from the DJ booth. Waitresses bustled through the packed venue with crust-less salmon sarnies and delicious ice tea cocktails (all of which we sampled!) and we were able to chat, drink and be merry whilst browsing Frostfrench’s clothes rails.

And finally, the ladies themselves arrived. Life long friends come fashion designers Sadie Frost and Jemima French made a short but sweet speech about the inspiration behind the idea (“we really are combining fashion with tea!”) before posing with their new range for the cameras.

The range sees seven pretty glass tea cups, each with a life-like lip stain print adorning the rim. Each colour represents a different fruity flavour in the Lipton Infusions range and is bound to tickle your taste buds! What girl wouldn’t want to ‘drink gorgeous’?!

By Scarlett Philps


Hot fashion label Frost French have teamed up with tea company Lipton Infusions to revolutionise shopping for a new generation. Multi-tasking has always been a tool championed by women, and now we can do it in a truly British way by sipping tea as we shop! Frost French have launched a pop-up tea boutique at their flagship store in Islington where shoppers can browse the collection while sampling herbal teas, (for free), by Lipton Infusions. If you like what you taste you can even buy your chosen tea and slip it in the bag with your hot new outfit.

The innovative pop-up tea boutique is also part of the designers ‘Drink Gorgeous Campaign’ which sees Miss Sadie Frost and Jemima French designing a chic range of infusion inspired glasswear. So if you like your fashion with a side of tea, head down to the boutique for a gorgeously girly day.

Head over to 22-26 Camden Passage

Islington, London, N1 8ED. Tel: 0207 3540053

By Kat Nicholls