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Teatime, High Tea, Low Tea and Afternoon Tea – Know the Difference

Picture Credit Wikmedia Commons: China World Hotel Beijing Although the discovery of tea is attributed to China, Britain has achieved worldwide fame for its tea traditions and the different types can be somewhat confusing. If you don’t know your high from your low or your pies from your petit fours, there is no need to fret. Read on and we will reveal the highs and lows of taking tea in...Read More

Billy’s Coffee Co

Billys Coffee Co is a local supplier based in the Midlands. We supply an extensive range of coffee equipment, gourmet coffees and consumables. Due to the high demand for quality coffee throughout the UK we supply into many different sectors such as leisure, catering, business and industry. Our approach to coffee is simple, we wish to supply our partners with the latest technology and quality...Read More

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The History and Etiquette of Afternoon Tea

“Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well”. Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield Afternoon tea, that rather quintessential English tradition, is actually surprisingly new. Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s, it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon...Read More

Short staffed- Good or bad excuse for poor service?

How many times have you been into a cafe, restaurant or hotel and received poor/bad customer service and been told ‘sorry, we’re short staffed’? Is it an acceptable excuse? Is it the customer’s fault that they have a staffing issue? I often wonder why they share their issues with the customer. They don’t charge you less however they expect you to accept a lower standard of...Read More

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Twenty Fascinating Facts and Tea Trivia

Tea anyone? Tea, the quintessentially British drink has been with us for over 350 years. In fact we Brits consume a whopping 150 million cups a day. However, the story of tea actually begins in China. According to legend in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was relaxing in the shade of a tree while his servant boiled some drinking water. In a twist of fate, some leaves from the tree...Read More

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The Ritz comes to Yorkshire

In Yorkshire? In Huddersfield? In Lindley? Wherever you are it is certainly worth the journey to the Manor House Lindley. My guest used the words ‘sumptuous ‘and ‘quality’ . They were right. This was an old Manor House which has been tastefully restored to the highest standard. The food, the service, the venue and wonderful pastries all worthy of The Ritz! From the second we...Read More

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Afternoon Tea at The Leopold Sheffield

We set off for Sheffield down the M1 and found the car park easily. A short walk to the hotel where we received a warm welcome and were shown into the bar area. The table was set with a lovely white tablecloth. I do think that makes a real difference. After we ordered and they took our dietary requirements a lovely pot of tea arrived. The milk was in a quirky little milk bottle. They were...Read More

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