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Did you know that all the different tea times in Britain have a specific name? Pretty neat. Afternoon tea and high tea are sometimes used interchangeably but if you really know your British tea habits, you will know they are nowhere near the same. Afternoon Tea is more for the non-working class or those who have plenty of afternoon time while high tea is for the working class. (aka: most of us busy people)

Afternoon Tea

If you’re like me, you’re snacking between lunch and dinner because it feels like such a long gap of no food. This is exactly what afternoon tea was designed for. Afternoon tea emerged in the early 19th century. This tradition is carried out at 4 pm and everyone sits down with their cuppa & nibble on some sandwiches and scones. Back then, they often ate diner very late back because afternoon tea fulfilled their hungry tummy’s. Then they usually serve dinner as late as 8pm. (I’d be starving)

In today’s day, they simply use afternoon tea as a refreshment, not a decadent meal. Not many have the time to sit down and enjoy many scones & cakes at 4pm. They are working and getting along with life. Ever wanted to try out this tradition? Check out some of the famous tea rooms in Britain.

High Tea

As we said above, many are working during afternoon tea so they have to wait til after work to enjoy their cuppa. Since they are enjoying after work, they are usually very hungry so the meal that comes with the tea is little more hearty. Some may even refer to this as supper because it is basically a full meal.

 

-Alexis

 

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The Original Cake Co.

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is based out of Lincoln, UK and they pride their expertise in making some of the most delicious homemade fruit cakes in Britain. They typically sell to individual retailers in the UK but we are fortunate enough to be able to sell them to you here in United States. If you have the opportunity to try one of these fruit cakes, it is a must! My personal favorite is the rum & butter fruit cake! (Yum!) Along with fruitcakes, the OCC also specializes in Christmas cakes, chocolate truffle cakes & flapjacks. (Flapjacks are made with jumbo oats, butter, golden syrup & brown sugar and come in a fold out skillet.)

It has taken this company decades to perfect their recipes just as grandma has perfected her lasagna over the years at your weekly dinner gathering. They have over 150 years experience in the cake baking industry. Each premium cake is baked in small batches so that fine detail is paid much attention to. Explore the types of cakes we offer below to see if one interests you or someone in your household this Holiday Season!

 

*Each cake serves 6-8 slices and is best served with clotted or devon cream*

 

The fruit cake options we have available are as follows:

 

You can also follow The Original Cake Co. on twitter for some behind the scenes baking action!

 

-Alexis

 

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Coming to you from the UK, this family business has nothing but amazing tasting teas to offer. We decided to add this brand based on your input as our consumers because we had a ton of recommendations to sell it! There are a total of four generations behind this business so they definitely know what they’re doing.

Ahmad Tea opened their first office in 1986 in Hampshire, UK. Anybody ever been? Iced tea & green tea officially became their best sellers around 1998. And by 2000, Ahmad Tea became one of the top 5 leading tea brands across Asia!

If we haven’t convinced you enough how great tea is for the body, maybe they can. You can check out some details on their site regarding the benefits of tea!

 

We have plenty of different options for you to try based on your personal preference:

 

 

Ahmad Tea’s English Tea No.1:Ahmad Tea's English Tea No. 1 Tea Bags - 20 count

  • Black Tea Base with a Slight Touch of Bergamot
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Apricot Sunrise Flavored Black Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Apricot Sunrise:

  • Black Tea Base with Apricot Fruit Pieces
  • Imported from UK
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Rosehip, Hibiscus & Cherry Herbal Tea Bags:

  • Rosehip Peel, Hibiscus Flower & Cherry Pieces
  • Mainly a Natural Cherry/Wine-Like Flavor
  • Caffeine Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Imported from UK
  • $4.20/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahmad Tea's Green Tea Bags - 20 countAhmad Tea’s Green Tea Bags:

  • Pure Green Tea from China
  • Imported from UK
  • Light Taste
  • Floral Aroma
  • $3.90/ 20 Foil Wrapped Tea Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also offer a decaf evening tea, camomile & lemongrass, raspberry & pomegranate, detox cleansing, and blackcurrant burst.

 

 

If you happen to purchase & try any of these teas please let us know how you like them by commenting on the Facebook page, commenting below or leaving a review on the product page on the ETS site! We appreciate your opinion.

 

-Alexis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capture.PNGMmm. Nothing could pair better with stuffing & turkey than a delicious cold glass of apple iced tea! There are so many different substitutes available so feel free to sub anything in the following recipe to suit you & your family. There is both a kid friendly and adult version!

You’ll Need:

  • 16 oz. Boiling Water
  • 16 oz. Apple Juice
  • 2 Tea Bags (Can use black, cinnamon or apple spice)
  • 3 TBSP Honey
  • 2 Lemons
  • Ice
  • 1 Read Apple – Sliced
  • 1 Green Apple – Sliced

 

 

 

  1. Add tea bags to large bowl containing boiling water & steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, stir in honey & juice of two lemons. (Skip honey if using sweetened apple juice)
  3. Let tea cool – pour into pitcher.
  4. Stir in apple juice.
  5. Put in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Pour into glasses & add apples and ice as garnish. (mint leaves are also optional)
  7. Serve!

 

**For a more adult version, add 2 ounces of gin, 4 ounces of apple flavored vodka & 2 ounces of bourbon!

 

-Alexis

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We are all about tradition here at the English Tea Store. English Christmas Pudding, also known as Plum Pudding or Figgy Pudding, is a delicious Christmas dinner tradition dating back to the 14th century! It has been changed & re-invented over the years. By Victorian times, it has molded into what they are today, a delicious modern take on a blend of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon & many other ingredients! (Each brand has different ingredients) Spend more time enjoying your family this Christmas than in the kitchen and get a Christmas pudding today!

Putting a silver coin in the pudding is another custom that is said to bring luck to the person that finds it first! That may be a fun tradition to start with your family.

 

#1: Matthew Walker’s Classic Christmas Pudding

Matthew Walker's Classic Christmas Pudding - 14.1oz (400g)

Ingredients: Sultanas (31%) (contains Cottonseed Oil), Sugar, Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ, Yeast, Salt), Water, Cider (7%), Palm Oil, Wheat Flour, Molasses, Candied Citrus Peel (Glucose, Orange Peel, Sugar, Lemon Peel, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid), Salt, Mixed Spice

You can purchase this pudding in 3.5 oz.14.1 oz or 28.2 oz.

 

 

#2: Matthew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding no. 13

 

Matthew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding no 13 - 28.2oz (800g)

 

Ingredients: Sultanas, raisins, currants (32%), cider (11%), demerara sugar, sugar, breadcrumbs (wheat flour, wholemeal wheat flour, wheat germ, yeast, salt), palm oil, brandy (4%), glace cherries (4%) (cherries, glucose-fructose syrup, colour: anthocyanin, acidity regulator: citric acid, preservative: sulphur dioxide), rum (3%), rusk (wheat flour, salt), wheat flour, sherry (2%), almonds, walnuts, orange and lemon peel, molasses, mixed spice, salt.

You can purchase this pudding in 3.5 oz.14.1 oz., or 28.2 oz.

 

 

We highly recommend that you put a whiskey butter, whipped cream or clotted cream on top of the pudding for some added flavor!

 

-Alexis

 

 

 

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