The Great British Cuppa: Part One – How do you take your tea?

Winter is here and the festive season isn’t far away – time to cosy up with a cuppa…

Premium Earl Grey

A cosy cup of Earl Grey, anyone?

Winter is officially here! The golden Autumn leaves have almost disappeared, Halloween has been and gone, and the festive season is fast approaching. My thoughts are turning to cosy afternoons tucked up at home or in front of a fire in an atmospheric, historical or country house hotel, with a great pot of tea and a sweet treat!

As you would expect at this time of year, the days are getting shorter, the nights are drawing in, and it’s got a lot colder. So what better time to get really cosy with a good cuppa tea?

What makes the Great British Brew?

Mug of tea

A nice mug of tea – do you prefer a cup or a mug?

This month, there has been some fabulous research into the perfect cup of tea and the enduring British love affair with tea. With the importance of a good cup of tea and the tradition and ceremony of a properly made afternoon tea having a resurgence over the past few years, it seems our nation’s obsession with the perfect cuppa is showing no sign of waning.

Sykes Cottages have just completed a major piece of research all about The Great British Brew. Tea has inspired our artists and literary greats over the years, being the source and subject of many a famous quote. I’ll be sharing some of these as tea inspiration over the coming weeks.

They have also explored how the great British public likes to take their tea, asking 2,000 people in Britain about how and when they have their tea, with some interesting results:

  • Over half of British people take their tea white with no sugar
  • 84% of people in Britain drink at least one cup of tea per day
  • People drink more tea the older they get – 33% of Brits over 55 drink five cups or more each day. This compares to a figure of just 11% for 18-24 year olds
  • It seems our tea making abilities also improve with age, as 68% of those surveyed aged 55 or over claimed they made the best tea, as opposed to 41% of 18-24 year olds.
  • It may come as no surprise that we’re a fussy bunch when it comes to making our tea, with 59% of those surveyed saying they preferred to make their own cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea

How to make the perfect cup of tea

How do you make the perfect cuppa?

With perfect timing, Whittard of Chelsea have just produced their guide to making the perfect cup of tea. It’s important to take into consideration the type of tea you are using, the temperature of the water, and what you are planning to use to brew your tea in. As big fans of tea will know, as a general rule, 3-5 minutes is about the right time to brew black teas, in freshly-boiled water, depending on how strong you like your brew. Lighter, more delicate teas, such as Darjeeling, white or green teas, should be brewed for no more than 3 minutes. It’s also important to remember that the water needs to be a little cooler for green and white teas, so don’t pour your water on these teas as soon as it’s boiled.

Have a look at Whittard of Chelsea’s useful and detailed guide to making the perfect cuppa.

How do you like your tea in the morning? Or afternoon, or evening…?

What’s your favourite kind of tea, and how do you take yours?

A nice, strong pot of tea

I like a nice strong black tea with the tiniest splash of lacto free milk or milk alternative

Do you prefer loose leaf tea or teabags? A rich, earthy Assam, or light, fragrant Darjeeling? Or perhaps a refreshing white or green tea?

Mine’s a nice strong cup of black tea with the tiniest splash of lactose-free milk or milk alternative, please!

Until next time – enjoy your perfect cuppa and a cosy corner in the cold – more comforting tea treats on the way soon!

Rachael XX

Autumn is here – time to get cosy

I’ve been having a little break from blogging for a while, for a number of reasons, so it seems fitting that I should pick things up again in the Autumn, particularly on the day the clocks go back!

Time to get cosy

Autumn is here – time to get cosy

I have so many tea adventures, local events and vintage finds to share, it will keep me busy for some time!

I will also be introducing some guest bloggers and contributors over the coming weeks and months, sharing their love of vintage, tea, home decoration, fashion and beauty.

New guest contributor – Gordon Harpur of Vintiqa.com
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Gordon Harpur of Vintiqa.com, an online treasure trove of vintage and antique furniture and homewares. Vintiqa was set up as a fuss-free alternative to ebay and Gumtree for vintage, design and antique lovers. The fabulous finds are from all up and down the country and curated personally by the team, as well as them handling the logistics, such as delivery, for you. Definitely people after my own heart!

Vintage finds of the week
Gordon will be selecting his top picks to share on Tea with Rachael and I hope you will enjoy browsing and finding your own vintage treasures on Vintiqa. My personal favourite find this week is this stunning marble topped antique bedside table. A rather grand addition to any bedroom, and it provides plenty of storage, which is always a must for me!

Or how about a rustic Danish farmhouse rocking chair, which I think would be perfect draped with cosy blankets and snuggled with some cushions on a chilly autumnal evening?

Danish Rocking Chair

A lovely, rustic Danish rocking chair on Vintiqa

That’s exactly what I’m going to do right now – curl up in a cosy chair with my favourite cushions and fluffy blankets – and a cup of tea, naturally!

Until next time, stay cosy and enjoy the cold autumn days and nights in style, with a good cuppa. I’ll be back to catch up soon.

Rachael xx

Time for a cosy cup of tea

Time for a cosy Autumn cuppa