If you get that sinking feeling around 4pm and it’s a long time until your dinner then you need a spot of afternoon tea.
It was the seventh Duchess of Bedford that invented the concept of afternoon tea. In the 1840s she found she was peckish around 4pm so she called for a tray of tea, usually Darjeeling, and cakes or sandwiches to be brought to her private rooms.
Soon she started inviting friends to take tea with her and it caught on and spread like wildfire in fashionable London society.
Later it became the ‘thing to do’ for women of good standing and birth. They even changed into formal gowns, gloves and hats to take their tea.
Thankfully everyone can enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake nowadays and we don’t have to dress up for the occasion.
Here are some of our garden and tea themed home wares that are great gift ideas.
We even do birthday cards too, so you can buy the perfect card and pressie for the gardening tea drinker in your life:
Enamel mug – allium bloom or cherry blossom
Lightweight and virtually unbreakable – made from stainless steel with an enamel coating and stainless steel rim.
400ml Drinks Flask - Cherry Blossom
Perfect for a cuppa outdoors. This flask holds enough for two cups of tea. Its stainless steel insulated inner keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, and its pop-up pourer maximizes thermal properties.
750ml Drinks Flask - Allium Bloom
Perfect for a cuppa al fresco. This flask holds enough for two generous mugs of tea or you can decant a chilled bottle of rose wine into it.
Its stainless steel insulated inner keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, and its pop-up pourer maximizes thermal properties.
One nation united by teatime
H16cm x W16cm.
This greetings card is truly scrumptious. Who doesn’t love tea and cake? Left blank inside for your own message. The card is lightly glittered to add a bit of sparkle.
Pork pie style knitted tea cosy with daffodils and bumble bee
Will fit an average two cup teapot. This hand-knitted tea cosy would look great as a centrepiece to any tea table. It’s perfect as a gift or as a special treat for yourself.