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Natur Boutique Lotus Tea

Natur Boutique Lotus TeaThe 2nd of September may not be significant in the UK, but it holds a huge importance in Vietnam and marks National Independence Day, celebrating the date when the country claimed its independence and sovereignty from France and Japan. Marked by a national holiday and a day of celebrations there is no better excuse to try some of Vietnam’s speciality food and drinks for yourself…

An unusual tea blend is often consumed as part of celebratory events in Vietnam and there will be many cups of Lotus Tea poured on September the 2nd. Whilst Lotus tea is now available in the UK, few are authentic and use flavourings or perfumes to scent the tea instead of making it the authentic Vietnamese way.

Natur Boutique are a family run company, who import products from their organic farm, which is buzzing with wildlife, in the heart of Vietnam. Their Natur Boutique Lotus Tea is produced using the traditional methods of infusing green tea with the flower to give it a natural floral scent and a true taste of Vietnam.

The company also produce artichoke tea, which is another favourite in Vietnam, often served in restaurants after a meal to aid digestion, and a particular speciality of the Lam-Dong highland region, where the artichoke flower flourishes.

So if you are looking to join in the celebrations on September 2nd or just fancy trying something new then visit or ask at your local health store (Teas cost £2.99).

Vintage Tea In Time For Ladies Day At Newbury Racecourse

Reaching out to new audiences, Newbury Racecourse – one of the UK’s best loved racecourses and local track to the Middletons – is the first racecourse to partner with renowned champagne house Veuve Clicquot, to offer a vintage afternoon tea which will ensure that racegoers can ‘take tea’ in truly quintessentially British style.

In time for Ladies Day on Saturday 13th August, this traditionally-inspired tea treat is available at the newly refurbished Brasserie, set amid 360 acres of picturesque countryside in the heart of the Racecourse. Drawing on the influence of the 1880s and the tradition of ‘taking tea’, this exclusive vintage tea offers three levels of indulgence on a traditional Victorian tea stand. The tea will be served with a selection of Twinings Deli Range in a delicate Porcelain tea set and a glass of bubbly.

Siobhan Glasbey, Regional Account Manager at Twinings, comments on the traditional art of taking tea: “As a fiercely traditional company we’re thrilled to be working with Newbury Racecourse to offer their afternoon tea. The modern afternoon tea is still steeped in tradition and people are always keen to understanding how tea was once taken, its history and etiquette, allowing them to have a bit of fun with the experience.”


• The teaspoon should never be left in the teacup, if you are not using it, it should be placed on the saucer. Forks should never be set back down on the table – instead, they are set on the side of the plate.
• Sugar to go in first, followed by the tea and then the milk. When tea started to become popular, the upper classes were able to afford porcelain china which didn’t shatter when adding the boiling water and so did not need to add milk first. Also, traditional superstition states: to put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.
• When holding your tea cup, these days you would loop your fingers through the handle and balance it with your pinkie finger. When the first tea came over on the ships they also brought Chinese crockery with them and the cups had no handle. There was no room for your pinky meaning when you tipped the cup to sip it would stick up in the air.
• When seated at the table, the napkin should be placed on your lap. The napkin should never touch the table once one is seated. Even if temporarily leaving the table, the napkin is set on the seat.

The upper layer offers a delicious selection of handmade cakes, from glazed lemon drizzle to decadent brownies and fruity tarts, all crafted by sous chef Michael Payne, who joined the racecourse from a four rosette restaurant. The middle layer is a generous helping of freshly baked scones with cream and seasonal jam and finally, the bottom layer, presents a delicate selection of finger sandwiches all prepared on site.

• Ladies Day at Newbury Racecourse is renowned as a sensational day’s racing with seven elite Flat races during the day.
• Gastronomic hospitality, including delicious designer cocktails at the newly launched cocktail bar.
• This year, Ladies Day has partnered with fashion brand, Coast, which is renowned for its colourful occasion wear fit for a day at the races.
• The renowned annual Fashion in the Field competition with the chances to win a luxury holiday to Florida and other great prizes up for grabs.
• A pamper zone in the Premier Enclosure hosted by Camp Hopson with beauty treatments from Benefit and SPC Skincare
• For the first time in racing history Newbury launches the Pampered in the Paddock – an exclusive Butler service available to racegoers

Afternoon tea will be available in the Brasserie and is priced at £29.95 for two people with champagne as an additional extra. Although manners are always expected, following the ‘How to Take Tea’ guide is optional.

Make it Fair from Traidcraft

Traidcraft, who have been a member of the Fairtrade foundation since its creation in 1992 are running an ongoing campaign called ‘Make it Fair’, which focuses on fair and ethical trade with the current aim of highlighting the importance of Fairtrade tea to the public.

Over 20 million people in developing countries rely on the tea industry for their livelihoods, and although the issue of Fairtrade coffee has been given much publicity over past years, unfortunately the tea farmers have not been given the same exposure. Their aim is to try to change this.

Our idea was for a video. They asked four of Britain’s top chefs to take part in a tea tasting session, watch the video at the link below to see the humorous results!

Online Tea Merchant To Open Shop In Oakham Rutland

Anna and Richard Wench of Rutland Tea Co. will be opening a new shop inside Fords of Oakham Department Store, 8 Church Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AA on Saturday 2nd October 2010.

Rutland Tea Co Started in October 2009, selling high quality loose leaf tea all over the world via the internet and also local Craft Markets and Fairs, and are now opening a new shop inside the Famous Fords of Oakham Department store, selling Top Quality loose leaf tea from India, China, Ceylon, Bolivia, Japan, Kenya and also Tregothnan Teas Grown in Cornwall UK. They will be selling Single Garden Black, Green and White teas, Rooibos, Mate, Oolong, Sencha, Flavoured Tea and Fruit Infusions.

Customers can look at the teas and smell them before they buy and we are also on hand to give advice about Tea Blending, Pairing with Foods etc. There is also offer a tea tasting service in peoples own homes, for people who want to hold a tea party.

The shop will be open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

On the day of the opening, we will be giving out 10% discount vouchers for our teas, Balloons for Children and we will also have a Tea Plant Grown on the Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall for people to see where tea comes from.

The company operate an Ebay Shop –

Panama Esmeralda Special 2010, The World’s Best Coffee

This year’s exquisite Panama Esmeralda Special, widely regarded as the best coffee in the world, is a unique combination of rare Giesha Arabica, immaculate cultivation and processing practices, delivering a coffee of unsurpassed aroma and flavour. It is exclusive to Fortnum & Mason.

Available in a 250g tin of round coffee (£60) as well as a 250g pack of roasted beans (£50) this is the perfect gift for all coffee lover’s out there, or as a decadent self-indulgent treat.

Delight your senses with aromas of mandarin orange, jasmine and redcurrants which excitedly mingle with deliciously sweet, transparently clean and vibrantly citrusy flavours. Indulge yourself with a cup of Esmeralda Special coffee that is elegant, silky, magnificently balanced and finishes dreamily.

The coffee estate is Rainforest Alliance Certified, and under the management and guidance of third generation farmers, the Peterson family, who continue to strive for excellence in coffee, careful maintenance of the land and support of both the workers and their respective families.

Darren Williams, Coffee Buyer for Fortnum & Mason says, “We are extremely passionate about quality coffee and the new Panama Esmeralda Special is a fine example of the best of the best. Importantly, the superior flavour is matched with a commitment to environmental and social sustainability that we are proud to have associated with Fortnum & Mason.”

The new Panama Esmeralda Special will be available online at as well as in store from 1st September.