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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

Camellia’s Tea House-Afternoon Tea in London.

Opposite the British Museum there is a fabulous cafe- just the place for a traditional Afternoon Tea without a hotel price tag. Camellia’s is tastefully appointed and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We were offered a huge selection of tea. Yes, you can not only drink but buy the most amazing teas here.(They make the perfect gift). Dream Tea was my daughter’s favourite. We were...Read More

A memorable afternoon tea.

A while ago I treated the family to afternoon tea at Cliveden. First thought is ‘Will it be worth the money?’ Answer ‘Yes’ I pulled up in my Corsa to this fabulous building and I suppose we could have felt a little intimidated. No such thing. A super guy rushed out and made us so welcome any apprehension we may have felt melted away. He even offered to park my car. We were shown in to...Read More

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