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With Easter being early this year (April 1, 2018) it can be tough to find Easter gifts and baskets for your loved ones in such a short amount of time. This is where we come in! You can bring an Easter basket to a friend or family member who is hosting Easter at their home or for a child or grandchild. Our pre-made Easter baskets are beautifully decorated and there is something for just about everyone!

For the little ones, we carry something for princess fans, pink bunny lovers, and this easter_little_princess_sku_915332.jpgbasket, or anyone who just loves the color pink. Not into pink? Then how about blue? There is also a basket for Disney fans with activity books and sweets. Speaking of activities, the Hip Hoppin Fun Easter Pail has plenty of fun things for a young one to do, with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and more fun Easter games. Plus, it comes in green for any child that does not like pink or blue.

For the older ones (they don’t have to be children!), something more suitable like a basket FILLED with sweets or something much more smaller, like a singing duckling with some Jelly Belly beans. Of course, as I got older, I no longer had my own Easter basket, so my parents had one large basket for everyone in my family to share. Our Deluxe Easter Basket is ideal for everyone to share, featuring tasty treats like fudge brownies, buttercrunch caramel corn, and chocolate cream puff cookies, among candies packed inside.


If your loved one is not a fan of traditional Easter baskets but you still want to give them something, then our regular gift baskets could be more suitable. We have gift baskets for one of the guys in your life and the snack lovers. We even have gift baskets for tea lovers! You don’t even have to get a basket for someone. It could be a treat for yourself!

However you decide to celebrate Easter this year, make sure it’s a good one! From all of us at English Tea Store, have a Happy Easter!




One fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is tea the Irish way. If you want to change up your tea routine or just do something new with your friends and family, then this would be a wonderful activity.

Let’s start with the most important part: tea. Ireland has some of the best tea you can buy. Barry’s Tea is one of the best selling brands of tea in Ireland. There are several kinds, with Gold Blend, Irish Breakfast, Classic, and Decaf. The Gold Blend is the signature blend and you can see why with its beautifully bright golden color and refreshing taste. Another popular Irish tea brand is Lyons tea. Like Barry’s, TEATTOT1000016767_-00_Bewleys-Original-Blend-Tea-80-Teabags.jpgLyons has a Gold blend but the teabags come in a pyramid shape and there is an “Original” Blend. The Original Blend is normally called Lyons Green but it’s not actually green tea. Instead, it is still black tea. Finally, there is Bewley’s Irish Tea which is a bit different than both Barry’s and Lyons. While there is a Breakfast and a Gold blend, Bewley’s also has a Dublin Morning Tea and an Irish Afternoon Tea. Dublin Morning is a malty blend of full-bodied African teas while Irish Afternoon is lighter, yet stronger, blended with teas grown from Kenya and other parts of Africa.


The next part is the bread and scones. Our variety of Hogan’s bread mixes feature two TEAJAMS1000016691_-00_Sticky-Fingers-Irish-Soda-Bread-15oz.jpgtypes of Irish soda bread with brown and white. Hogan’s also makes a scone mix so it makes it easy for you to make a batch of fresh Irish scones. If you are strapped for time, however, there is always O’Hara’s of Foxford’s Farmhouse Fruitcake, which is something that’s already baked. The best thing about it is very moist and packed with fruit. Did I mention that the cake is made in Ireland?


teafsjm1000032889_-00_abbey-farms-rhubarb-and-ginger-preserves.jpgFinally, we have jam. Scones are no fun if they don’t have any jam on them, so add a little fun and flavor to them! We carry two brands of Irish jams, Abbey Farm and Follain. The two brands may have a few similar flavors but there are a few different ones. Try Follain’s Gooseberry and marmalades or Abbey Farm’s Strawberry! Don’t forget the clotted cream and Devon cream!


Add a few tea sandwiches and you have yourself an Irish tea time. Enjoy and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!




Easter is coming early in 2018! This year, it will fall on April 1st and it’s no joke! Luckily, British Easter chocolate and treats have arrived just in time here at the English Tea Store! Get some British Easter candy before it hops away!


Fill your Easter baskets with some of of Britain’s most beloved filled chocolate eggs, which include the Cadbury Creme EggCadbury Caramel EggsSmarties Chick in Egg and Nestle Milkybar Chick in Egg instead of or along with jelly beans and there are sure to be some delighted faces this Easter!

Cadbury Mini Eggs and Cadbury Dairy Milk Mini Eggs can be hidden among the Easter


grass while a hollow Cadbury Dairy Milk Bunny sits atop the grassy patch. His innocent purple face is very good at keeping secrets! Maybe you can persuade it to tell you where the Galaxy Golden Eggs are!

Then there is the grand finale! The chocolate egg! Whether big or small, basic or luxurious, chocolate eggs delight everyone both young and old. While America is a little behind on this tradition (okay, we are REALLY behind on it), the British are always one step ahead and making these eggs better with each passing year. Cadbury’s Crunchie Bar Eggs would most definitely make my Easter, but of course, many people are different. Some like more fun with their chocolate eggs, like 1cMarvellous Creations or enjoy the finer things in life with Thorntons.


However you celebrate your Easter this year, always be careful, and be safe. Happy Easter!



Looking for something different in a biscuit? If you are not a fan of the plain old Digestives or just simply not into chocolate, then fruity biscuits could be your thing. Sweet and tangy biscuits with bits of fruit are usually some people’s cup of tea to go with their cup of tea. If you aren’t sure which ones to try, of course, then check out the following biscuits below and see what might be suitable for you!


The Garibaldi biscuit is fruity currant-raisin sandwich biscuit that was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian leader and general who led a fight to unify Italy. When

20180227_165519-002.jpgGaribaldi visited England in 1861, he was very popular amongst the British, so a biscuit was created in his honor. The Garibaldi biscuit has similarities to squashed flies, which led to the nickname Dead Fly Biscuits. These biscuits were originally manufactured by a different company but are now made by Crawford’s, owned by McVitie’s.


Speaking of McVities, they have their own fruity biscuits with currants in them. The Fruit Shortcake is a crumbly shortbread biscuit with sweet and juicy currants packed inside. They are also sprinkled generously with sugar granules.


McVities Ginger Nuts do not actually have any nuts in them but one thing we can assure you is that they are loaded with a spicy ginger flavor. There is also a sweet lemon and molasses flavor to help add to the gingery kick. These biscuits are very, VERY crunchy, though! For a less crunchy ginger fix, try Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread. These mouthwatering biscuits are loaded with Australian stem ginger and baked into Walker’s Famous Buttery Shortbread. However, if you just happen to love ginger, then you might have a hard time deciding which of these two are your favorite.


Lemon lovers who enjoy the taste of lemon would love Bolands Lemon Puffs. These cookies have a light lemon cream filling and sandwiched together by two crispy slightly sweet puff pastry biscuits. It’s just hard to stop eating them once you start!


All of these delightful biscuits are perfect for dipping or dunking in your afternoon tea! Black tea is perfect for soaking up these crispy, crumbly, and fruity biscuits so why not give them a go?






Whether you are having your first tea party or just a friend over for tea, you’ll want to know the basics. This is just one of many ways to set a table for tea! Sometimes if you are going to a formal tea party, you may want to really watch for strict etiquette but this is just for fun! (Watch our for a blog on formal tea party setting) It usually is based on preference and what you will be serving but here are a few tips & tricks to get you started:





Salad Plate: This plate is usually used for a small salad or even a few danishes. It should sit one inch from the edge of the table.

Spreader: Knives sometimes do not look as dainty. So a small spreader or butter knife can be used and is placed on the right of the salad plate. (Make sure it is facing the plate!)

Spoon: A small spoon should be placed on the right of the spreader.

Napkin & Fork: The napkin is to be 9″ sized (not dinner sized) and folded neatly on the left of the salad plate. You can also use a napkin ring instead of a nice fold. The fork then is placed in the middle of the napkin.

Name Card: A name card should have the guests’ name on it and folded on top of the salad plate.

Water Glass: A pretty small water glass should be placed right above the spreader on the right.

Teacup & Saucer: This set will go right somewhere above the fork/salad plate.

Small Bowl: You’ll also want to place this off to the top left of the napkin. This can be used for waste of lemons and tea bags.




Rio Tea SetThe groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter this year! If there is snow stuck on the ground in your area and it has you longing for the colors of Spring, then why not brighten your home up with some colorful teaware? English Tea Store carries solid color teapots, mugs, and more so you can add a colorful variety to your tea collection.


Our own brand of ceramic teapots range in 2-cup (16oz) and 6-cup (32oz) sizes and come in many colors, from Burgundy to Hunter Green! Each teapot has a beautiful gloss finish, and are perfect for use at home, events, or in restaurants. Pick our a friend or family member’s favorite color and give one as a gift or match the color of your kitchen! Our teapots are also microwave and dishwasher safe, but keep in mind, they are never to be used on the stove.

Teaz Cafe Infuser Mug with Lid - 11oz - Turquoise


If you happen to not have a teapot or just don’t fancy using teabags to brew your tea then a solid color mug could be for you. The Teaz Cafe Mugs each come with an infuser so you can put in any loose leaf tea you like. An added bonus to these mugs are that they each come with a lid! When you are done infusing your tea leaves, but you’re not quite ready to drink your tea yet, simply remove the infuser and place the lid on, helping to keep your mug of tea nice and hot. Of course, if you just want a plain mug to drop a teabag in, then there are the colorful Rio Mugs! They come in four bright and vibrant colors. You can pick one or get them all in a set of 4!


Tea for One Desert Rose Gloss Finish - English Tea Store Brand

Last up is our English Tea Store Tea-For-One tea sets. They come in the same colors as our standard teapots but small enough for one person, holding 10 ounces. Each teapot is made of ceramic and has the same glossy finish as the standard teapot and they come with a cup and a saucer which stacks and stores neatly in small and compact spaces. If you would much rather see flowers than color, however, then our Summertime tea-for-one sets may be more suitable. There are porcelain ones with gold trim* like the Summertime Flowers or you can get bone china, if you prefer.


Now, all you need is some colorful tea like Butterfly Pea or some Blue Suede Shoes Green Tea to go with these colorful tea sets and you will have added a delightful blend of color to your tea time! Just don’t forget the lemon for your Butterfly Pea Tea!



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We’ve been focusing on afternoon tea a lot recently because everyone is just so interested! As a quick reminder for those who do not know, afternoon tea is a ritual in Britain that was introduced in the early 1840s. It has evolved as a mini meal to keep your tummy happy until a late dinner. Everyone sits down to enjoy a cuppa afternoon tea!

The world’s most expensive afternoon tea was in Cliveden House, Berkshire at a total of 550 pounds! They served Da Hong Pao tea, Beluga caviar, white truffles and much more! They also served the worlds most expensive coffee!

Two things you may not know about afternoon tea:

  1. Did you know you should add your sugar into your tea before your cream? It will melt better in the hot tea before adding the cold cream/milk.
  2. NEVER cut your scones! This is a finger food and should be torn with the hands!


Just some other fun facts:

96% of tea in the UK is consumed using a tea bag

Britain drinks about 165 million cups of tea per day!





**Disclaimer: The “facts” on this page are for fun and enjoyment. We understand it is not illegal to add cream before sugar! 😊


Some may argue that black tea is the most popular tea. It can be turned into so many different varieties such as English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey & Orange Pekoe.



There have been many studies as to the benefits of Black Tea such as headache relief, mental alertness, lowering stress hormones, relieving stomach aches & antibacterial effects. To get the most out of your black tea, make sure you are allowing ample amount of steeping time.


As we mentioned earlier, black tea is loved all over the world! And it is also made differently all around the world. In the East, such as China, it is often consumed black. They like their tea steeping hot & dark colored. (I greatly agree with them!) In the Americas & Europe, it is often consumed cold or hot with milk and sugar/honey. (Love some honey in my tea, especially when a cold is coming on!) Black tea is also very popular is Western & southern Asia!

In fact, the top black tea producers are China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka & Turkey (and in that order)



There are many different ways to brew, and it is completely based on preference! A popular way is to boil your water in a tea kettle. Add 1 to 2 tbs of loose black tea of your choice to 8-12 oz. of boiled 212 degree F water. Allow to steep for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how strong you want it.


We have so many different varieties of black tea here at ETS. If you ever need help message us on Facebook (or here) or call us at 1-877-734-2458. We will gladly help!







Pancake Tuesday is coming early for 2018 as it will be on February 13 this year. If you want to try something different this year for Pancake Day, why not try these different versions of pancakes?

Oven Pancake: There is the Dutch Baby pancake that has been becoming popular again thanks to the increasing usage of cast iron skillets. are usually cooked in a cast iron skillet and baked in the oven, then usually dusted with powdered sugar. When they come out of the oven, they often resemble giant Yorkshire Puddings!

Savory Pancake include ones like the Okonomiyaki from Japan and the potato pancake made in many European countries. Okonomiyaki means “As you like it”, so when you hear that about a pancake, that means you can literally put ANYTHING on these pancakes. A standard Okonomiyaki is made with flour and eggs and topped with cabbage, meat like bacon or fish, green onions, and drizzled with a special sauce and mayonnaise. Well known potato pancakes are the Irish boxty and the latke, both made with shredded potatoes and pan fried. The potato pancake is usually eaten with sour cream or applesauce.




Thin: French Crepes and the Vietnamese Banh Xeo are thin pancakes and both fried in pans but the only differences are that they are made with different flours. Crepes are made with wheat flour and the Banh Xeo is made with rice flour. Crepes can use both sweet and savory fillings while Banh Xeo is stuffed with meat or vegetables. The British pancake falls into this category as it is a thin pancake. British pancakes are eaten with powdered sugar and lemon or a drizzle of golden syrup.


British Pancakes with lemon drizzle & sugar

Filled Pancakes: Danish Æbleskiver (Aebelskiver) or “Pancake Puffs” and the Japanese Dorayaki. These types of pancakes are always fun to make and eat! Danish Aebelskivers are pancake balls filled with sweet delicious apples and cooked in a special pan with little holes (or spheres, whatever you like to call it).The Japanese Doriyaki has a sweet red azuki bean paste inside.



Liquorice! Whether you love it or hate it, it’s all over the world and it is loved worldwide and it has no sign of going away any time soon. While some of us know it as a sweet red twist, it is mostly known for its anise-like flavor and black color. Liquorice is derived from the liquorice root, which is grown in parts of Europe and Asia. Many of the teas we carry often contain liquorice root, many of them caffeine free.


Check out our products below for our liquorice lovers!


Haribo Pontefract Cakes are a centuries old sweet and loved for generations. Pontefract Cakes originally had no sugar in them until George Dunhill, the developer of the sweet from Pontefract, added sugar to them and changed them from a medicinal product to a sweet treat.

Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts were originally created on accident when a candy salesman knocked over a tray of colorful liquorice sweets and created the liquorice allsort. This sweet is another classic loved by people young and old


Barratt Sherbet Fountain is a classic candy that nearly everyone in the UK has had at least once during childhood. Sherbet Fountains come with a fizzy lemon flavored sherbet powder and a stick of black liquorice. It is usually eaten by licking the liquorice and dipping it into the sherbet powder.


Fox’s Glacier Dark Sweets is a liquorice variant of Fox’s Glacier Mints. These Irish boiled sweets are flavored with liquorice extract and aniseed and are suitable for vegetarians.


Stash Liquorice Spice Herbal Tea is something for those who love liquorice but don’t want to indulge their sweet tooth just too much or want something different from the ordinary. This herbal concoction of liquorice root, anise, and spices are sure to delight your taste buds in a sweet and spicy way.



Did you know? In Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, liquorice is enjoyed salted and a very common flavor in other desserts!





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