Welcome to our blog....here we will share all our afternoon tea adventures with you...the good, the bad and the wonderful!

Monday, 15 January 2018

New Year ..... New Project .....Introducing Tea With Me Designs

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - we hope you're well today.

As you know we love a spot of afternoon tea here at Tea With Me and Friends Towers and drink rather a lot of tea every week, but did you know we also love a spot of crafting? From sewing and jewellery making to card making and painting, I'll give nearly any craft a go. I also gather my lovely friends together for crafternoon teas, where we enjoy an afternoon tea and then try a craft. 

This year I have decided to combine these two passions and have launched a little Etsy shop called Tea With Me Designs

I am very excited to share this with everyone - my shop sells handmade cards and gifts which are inspired by my love of tea. I make all the items by hand, including a range of cards which feature tea puns.....everyone loves a tea pun! From cards for your "best-tea" to cards declaring a loved ones position in your affections.....after tea!

My little tea people have been created to make you smile and I hope you love them as much as I do.

As the year progresses I hope to expand Tea With Me Designs, but at the moment if you would like to see my tea inspired greetings cards just pop by my Etsy shop!

Thank you for popping by today,

Sunday, 14 January 2018

What a Tea-riffic Year!

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - sorry it's been such a long time since we last posted! We lost all concept of time in the last couple of months of 2017....but never fear....we're back feeling tea-riffic and looking forward to lots of afternoon tea adventures in 2018!

Looking back over 2017 we enjoyed some wonderful teas - we visited Lancaster London for their clever black and white themed Halloween afternoon tea, where every item was either black or white. It made for such an elegant afternoon tea....

We also enjoyed rather controversial triple-decker, triangular sandwiches at The Balcon at Sofitel St James....which Lorna didn't approve of....

In the summer we visited the rather beautiful Coworth Park to celebrate Alex's Birthday. We enjoyed walking around the grounds of the house and eating the cutest sweet treats (almost too cute to eat!)....

We enjoyed German and Austrian themed afternoon teas at the German Gymnasium in April, which included a rather magnificent Opera cake...

Sheree visited Cannizaro House Hotel in Wimbledon and shared her afternoon tea adventure with us, this tea included a variety of different savoury elements...

We began the year by visiting Jumeirah Carlton Tower, where we enjoyed a champagne afternoon tea which included some beautiful tarts and pastries...

And this is just some of the afternoon teas we've enjoyed! We also drank rather a lot of tea and discovered lots of new tea companies and blends.

Now we're looking forward to 2018 and all the sweet treats that are in store for us. We're looking forward to visiting some of the places we've already discovered and trying some new ones too! If you enjoy an afternoon tea or have a favourite tea blend please get in touch - we'd love to hear all about your afternoon tea adventures too!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Friday, 27 October 2017

Afternoon Tea News - Halloween 2017 part 2

Hello there,

Welcome back to part 2 of the Tea With Me and Friends Halloween themed afternoon tea round up! Yes, today we have more spooky afternoon teas to share with you!

Let's begin with Tewin Bury Farm Hotel in Hertfordshire.....

This afternoon tea is available between 21st- 31st October and guests can enjoy the following sweet treats:

Cauldron mallow pop
Ghoulish white chocolate macaroon
'Dracula's Tomb' raspberry opera
Eerie sorbet filled 'chocolate eye'
Blackcurrant & 'Slime' pannacotta

Yes, you read that correctly.....you could be feasting on a chocolate eye!

The Milestone Hotel in London if offering a very limited Halloween afternoon tea, available on the 30th-31st October 2017.....and beware....it includes more eyeballs!

Sweet treats at this afternoon tea include:
Spooky coconut meringue
Bat praline millefeuille
Eye ball chocolate truffles
Poisonous pistachio cheesecake
R.I.P velvet cupcake

This menu made me giggle, calling the pistachio cheesecake "poisonous" - if I'm honest I'm not the greatest pistachio fan and so this name is very fitting!

Finally we found this super cute Halloween tea on offer at Lottie's Coffee Lounge at the Butterfly House in Sheffield:

And yes....there is another eyeball in this one too - clearly a theme in 2017! This afternoon tea is more rustic than the other teas, but I love the styling! This tea is available all of October from 1st October 2017 to 31st October 2017 between 12PM - 3:30PM.

We hope you've enjoyed part 2 of our Halloween round up. If you've enjoyed a Halloween themed afternoon tea this year we'd love to hear all about it!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Afternoon Tea News - Wizarding Afternoon Tea, Colwick Hall

Hello there,

Welcome back to another afternoon tea news blog post from Tea With Me and Friends. We love discovering and sharing new afternoon tea experiences with our readers and we're very excited to share our latest find with you.....a Wizard themed afternoon tea!

This afternoon tea has been created by Colwick Hall Hotel in Nottingham and it looks amazing!

The tea includes savoury items like cheese wands and pumpkin pastries. Whilst those who love the sweet treats can enjoy Buttery beer Caramel, Chocolate Frog Cupcakes and Bleeding Victoria Sponge. 

Guests can also enjoy more traditional items such as savoury finger sandwiches and fruit scones topped with cream and raspberry jam.

But those sweet treats really steal the show....

I think this afternoon tea looks perfect for any Wizard fans and it's not the first themed afternoon tea from Colwick Hall. Previous teas have included an "at the movies" afternoon tea which featured popcorn and doughnut and a Beauty and the Beast themed afternoon tea.

For more information pop by the Colwick Hall Hotel website. 

All images in this blog post are taken from the Colwick Hall Facebook page.

If you sample this afternoon tea (or any other Colwic Park afternoon tea) we'd love to hear more about it - leave us a comment!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Afternoon Tea News - Halloween 2017 part 1

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends! We hope you're feeling tea-riffic today!

With Halloween just around the corner we thought we'd share with you some of the Halloween themed afternoon teas that are on offer this October - be warned....they're tea-riffying!

Let's start with Amba Hotel Marble Arch....

The spooky tea being serve at Amba includes:

Witches fingers cookies
Brownie with walnuts
Mini muffin with Ghost meringue
Chocolate milk shake with raspberry couli

Guests can also enjoy sandwiches, scones and a glass of Bloody Mary!

This afternoon tea can be enjoyed between 23rd - 31st October.

Or maybe you fancy enjoying your Halloween themed afternoon tea whilst travelling around London....

Yes, between 28th October - 5th November you can enjoy this colourful afternoon tea feast with a spooky twist on the B Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.

As well as scrummy savouries, there are cupcakes, macaroons and a pumpkin pie!

Finally we have the creepy afternoon tea on offer at BlueBird Chelsea....

Available between 26th-29th October, guests will enjoy sandwiches and scones, along with:
Ghoul cupcakes, liquorice icing
Brownie coffins
Blood orange tart
Pumpkin sponge roll

I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering just looking at these afternoon teas! Don't forget to pop back later this week to see more spooky afternoon teas!

Thank you for popping by today,