Victoria Wood takes us on a trip to the Far East to explore our obsession with tea (Photo: MAG | Flickr – used under a CC licence)
When I saw the BBC1 trailer for comedian Victoria Wood’s two-part programme ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ I was just a little bit excited.
A primetime show all about tea; its history and an exploration of why us Brits love it so much – what could be better for tea lovers? Answers on a postcard please.
Russian Caravan, English Breakfast and Sencha teas from Whittard
As a huge fan of English breakfast tea blends, my expectations were high with this particular gift from Whittard. But as usual, they didn’t disappoint.
Afternoon tea at Claridge’s (Credit: CC/chantalboogers)
Due to a manic week last week, I completely missed the fact that it was National Afternoon Tea Week. Probably the best ‘National (insert noun) Week’ all year and I missed it. Oops.
Most people love a picnic, and personally I think they are one of the best ways to while away a hazy summer’s afternoon. This luxury picnic hamper made of willow, leather and linen is just the ticket. I especially love the mini salt and pepper shakers. Pack into it your mini Victoria sponges, scones and other homemade treats. It’s big enough for several flasks of your chosen afternoon tea blend too.
Luxury puritan hamper for four people, £145, from John Lewis
The Cutty Sark
On a recent Sunday trip to Greenwich, it wasn’t until venturing through the bustling market and going on board the Cutty Sark that I realised what an ideal place Greenwich is for tea lovers in search of a bit of history about the lovely stuff.
Tweet-activated vending machine BEV. Credit: BOS
You can now ‘tweet for tea’ in Cape Town with the invention of a Twitter-activated vending machine.
South African soft drinks company BOS has launched ‘BEV’, a vending machine that allows users to tweet to receive free ice tea.