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Make Time for Mums

mothersdayMother’s Day is one of the biggest dates in the calendar for foodservice operators – and a great opportunity to go the extra mile to help mums feel special.

Operators can attract families by creating an experience around their offer, for example, decorating tables with fresh flowers and chocolates will help create a homely atmosphere.

Thinking outside of the teapot

Tea CakeTea has been loved for centuries as a warming beverage. More recently, chefs have been brewing up a storm in kitchens too. Read on to discover top tips for cooking with tea.

The sumptuously smoky flavours of blends such as Earl Grey can be used as an attention-grabbing crust on dishes like duck. Empty a tea bag into a mortar, and grind with peppercorns and salt. Sprinkle over a duck breast and pan fry.

Bring added Asian flavour to rice and noodles by simmering them in Tetley Green tea before serving. The bitter flavour of the blend can complement vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage.

Deliver richness in stocks by using tea to deglaze your pans. Black tea such as Tetley Original can work well with classic British meals – try drizzling over pies and joints for a unique twist.

Going ‘Tea-Total’ this January

dryathlonpintThis January, Tetley partnered with Cancer Research UK, to sponsor its Dryathlon campaign for the second year, encouraging consumers to go ‘tea-total’ for one month, by swapping pints for a refreshing cup of Tetley.

Many consumers kick off the new year with healthy resolutions, and for Dryathlon participants, this meant cutting out alcohol in favour of healthier options.

Final figures are yet to be released, but the charity is aiming to raise £7.5m, reaching 85,000 participants this January. As part of its support package, Tetley helped Cancer Research UK to engage with participants through social media. To date this Tetley-specific content has reached 250,000 users, driving over 4,000 sign-ups to the Dryathlon campaign.

Traditional tea, with a difference

PeggyEvery year, visitors flock to the New Forest to enjoy England’s enchanting natural heritage. Many choose to visit the charming town of Lymington, where they take a break from exploring with another English treasure – a delicious cup of Tetley, served at Peggy May’s Café.

Afternoon tea has proven so popular at this tiny café, that owner Cat has created several different options to offer something new to returning guests. A classic high tea includes scones, jam, clotted cream, and sandwiches, although visitors can also choose a more savoury ‘Huntsman’s Tea’ with cheese scones and chutney. All are served with a refreshing Tetley tea, served in a porcelain teapot.

Tea’s Top Tier

TajAfternoon tea originated with Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who invented the concept at a time when most people would only have two meals a day, which led her to complain of a ‘sinking feeling’ in the afternoon. She therefore decided to consume a pot of tea and a light bite, taken privately in her boudoir. She was soon joined by her friends, and the practice became so popular, that it spread throughout London.

The resurgence of this traditional dining style has allowed foodservice outlets of all types to create a point of difference on their menu. With an option to suit every customer, Tetley Tea Academy explores some of the most interesting afternoon tea concepts to give you inspiration.

Trending teas

blogTetley Tea Academy asked Irene Gorman, Communications manager of the UK Tea & Infusions Association, why the nation is falling even more in love with this classic beverage.

“There are lots of situations where I’ve noticed that tea has become increasingly popular. For instance, people would drink coffee after a dinner party, but more and more people are now choosing to drink tea.

“There’s such a wide range now from Earl Grey to Ceylon; if you don’t like any of those, there are others you may like. People don’t say, I don’t like wine, but rather, I like red, or I like dry wine; it’s the same thing with tea.

“You wouldn’t have asked yourself a few years ago, will I like that particular blend of tea. We didn’t really have an opinion about it; it wasn’t a discussion point. But that’s all changed now.

New leaves for 2015

greenConsumers are becoming more nutritionally aware, with almost double claiming ‘health’ as an important factor in their food and drink choices between 1995 and 2012. At no point in the year is this more prominent than in January. 

Losing weight, getting fit and a enjoying a healthier diet tops the list of New Year’s resolutions. As customers make these lifestyle changes, foodservice operators will need to adapt their offer too.

Case study: Tea with a Difference at Pop’s Cafe


Pop’s Café is pride of place on Maidstone’s High Street. With its art nouveau style curved glass window and door, it entices customers with its welcoming glow.

Although it looks like it could have been in situ for decades, Pop’s Café is in fact only a year old. Owner and manager, Aftab Rana started the business because he fell in love with the UK’s blossoming café culture, and thought he would bring a taste of it to Kent’s county town.

Making Time for Tetley at Thorpe Park Resort

Thorpe ParkThorpe Park Resort has joined forces with Tetley to provide guests with tea from a brand they know and love. 

More than 11,000 cups of Tetley tea have been sold at  the Resort this season. Due to this volume, Thorpe Park Resort has opted for Tetley Original One Cup packs – an economical solution which comes in sizes between 440 and 1540 teabags.  Samantha Tudor, Food and Beverage Manager says this is because it is the best way to provide a quick and efficient service to their guests.

“We  use a lot of tea throughout the year, and the peak period for our sales tends to be during the colder weather,” says Samantha. With the Resort open late into the night and in the chilly months of March and October, hot drinks are an essential part of the food and beverage offering.

For this reason, tea is sold in every Thorpe Park branded unit within the Resort. In the Thorpe Shark Hotel restaurant, Bar 360, Tetley Original is served in porcelain cups to accompany guests’ meals. At the kiosks, the emphasis is on takeaway tea.

A cup of Tetley Original to take away helps guests make time for Tetley during their action-packed day out. Heatproof cups with sip lids mean guests can grab a cuppa while they’re moving around the Resort, queuing for rides or enjoying the entertainment offering

Servingware with Style

TeawareAt half past three, everything stops for tea. So says the song, but actually tea is an enduring popular choice throughout the day and whether serving it to delegates at a conference, to customers in a café, or to those enjoying a celebratory high-end tea in a hotel, using the correct servingware is an important part of offering the best service. In fact, in its research Tetley found that the type of vessel tea is served in was the 6th most important factor to delivering a good cuppa. 

Nancy’s Vintage Teashop in Newmarket, Suffolk is typical of the growing number of ‘retro’ teashops opening across the country. Tea served vintage style is all about mismatched crockery and a quintessential British flavour.

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