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.
January 20, 2012
We’ve been a little slow off the mark this year, although we are gratified to see that older reviews like The Teacosy, Brighton, (which we dubbed ‘Britain’s Campest Tearoom’) Poppy’s, Chipping Sodbury and our disappointment at The Randolph, Oxford continue to attract readers.
So what’s in store for 2012?
– Well we have visited over 150 tearooms in the UK and will continue to drip out our reviews via the blog and website.
– We would like to make our interesting recipes like the all day breakfast scone and the gin and tonic fairy cakes available for blog readers to see. We are also working on some all new recipes like strawberries and cream cornish pasties and egg and cress scones and will also be publishing some out-takes of recipes which went…. ehem… less well than we would have liked.
– We’re going to start running an informal feature on other tea-time blogs out there, starting with the inspired ‘Afternoon Tea Total‘.
– And we will of course be keeping our fingers on the pulse of the latest tea-time trends and keep you abreast of all that is brewing in the news.
If you have any questions of comments on the blog or website or there is anything you would like us to research or discuss for you then, as usual, drop us a line.