Today’s featured Blog is:
“I do like a nice tearoom” says Lorna, who first got in touch last year. Since then she has clearly been busy, not only bumbling round the tearooms of Scotland (and further afield), but even publishing a book about the same, while selling a delightful little range of handmade cards to finance her baking addiction.
We adore her frequent posts, beautiful high-definition illustrations and quirky sence of humour. Keep up the good work!
January 1, 2013
2012 has been a busy year for Noveltea for all sorts of reasons. We visit dozens of tearooms over the course of the year and have reviewed plenty for you on our blog and website including Lahloo in Bristol, The Rose in Oxford, and Cup in Glasgow.
We’ve also been baking, of course in the THQ kitchen and look forward to sharing some of our better concoctions in the New Year as well as a special little expose we’ve been preparing about the ones which didn’t work so well. (On this note, one thread which attracted a lot of attention was The exploits and misadventures of Herman the German Friendship cake – a cautionary tale of the unexpected pitfalls which await the unwary).
Amongst other inervations we’ve introduced our new BlogWatch feature, which lets us bring to light other tea-related blogs like Afternoon Tea Total and Tea for You and Me. If you manage such a blog or website, or just know of one we might like then please do get in touch.
Noveltea was established – all those years ago – to help fellow tea lovers find great afternoon tearooms. What continues to delight and surprise us year on year, though, is the enthusiasm we get in return.Along the way, and among others, we’ve met Fanny, Sam and Jane from vintage tea party planners Nips and Crumpets, and the guys from The Attic, Bristol. This year we met TV presenter Maddie Moate, spent a week with Professor Robert Murphy in his beautiful cottage in Ireland and made contact the Chester Ladies Cycling Club and are very much looking forward to a project together in 2013.
Allow us to extend our warmest seasonal wishes to all the above, and of course you our loyal readership. 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012 and in the same period we understand that this blog got about 3,500 views. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years. For more nerdy statistics and figures you can view our full annual report.
It only leaves us to iterate our thanks and best wishes and we look forward to seeing you back next year.
April 8, 2012
“I try to find different places to drink tea wherever I go
and have a theory that if you’re in a new place and need to find tea quickly
you should head to the local public library
as tea places seem to congregate around them.”
We have once again been scouring the interweb, reaching out to fellow tea lovers. This month’s featured blog is TEA FOR YOU AND ME, which has – like ourselves – been scouring the country with only one noble pursuit. From the Ritz to Morrison’s café is there NOWHERE this intrepid adventurer will not dip leaf in water in search of the perfect brew?
All over the country, from deepest, darkest Wales to Cornwall and the South Coast to the bleakest extremities of the A1(M), our mysterious author(ess) has an impressive catalogue of over 165 cafes, pubs, restaurants, tearooms, leisure centres and even supermarkets. There are even a few smattered reviews as far afield as Belgium and Sweden.
Not only is he or she surely a tea aficionado of the highest order but the reviews are informative and accurate and strike to the heart of some of the most portentous issues in the world of tea (including how on earth you’re meant to lose weight when eating cream teas for breakfast, lunch and… erm… tea). We love the pictures and the handy summary table at the bottom of each page.
We were amused to note that friends of the blog include two adorable looking border terriers and we have now joined their ranks in support of this most worthy venture. Cheers!
January 28, 2012
Today’s featured blog is afternoon tea total, which has been sharing in the secret’s of some of London’s top tearooms since 2009.
In Natalie, the author and self-described “cycling afternoon tea obsessive”, we appear to have found somewhat of a kindred spirit. She has visited many of London’s top tearooms, some of which like Bea’s of Bloomsbury or The Wolsley are part of our own repertoire but plenty more are new discoveries for us. We have even learnt a thing or two about baking and bubble tea into the bargain.
We adore her relaxed, friendly style, her wealth of knowledge and clear dedication to the cause. Here is a lady that will clearly leave no crumpet un-buttered in her pursuit of the ultimate tea experience. We also enjoy the narrative and the characters who frequent her reviews, most of all the mysterious ‘Coffee Boy’ who we take to be her adoring suitor and one of the luckiest young men in London.
To both of you we wish happiness down to the last crumb and that you keep up the good work in 2012.
Lily and Amos
P.s. on a personal note we must share your frustration when a much loved – and sometimes meticulously ‘researched’ tearoom closes down such has been happening a lot to us recently.