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Angela Pryce - Tea Expert & Consultant
Angela operates an independent tea consultancy service, providing a tea tasting and blending service for businesses in the UK and around the world. A renowned tea expert, Angela has had over 14 years of experience, whilst working as a master tea buyer and blender for Twinings.
She works with start-up tea companies to develop bespoke tea blends, and consults with tea factories worldwide providing feedback on teas produced to help improve marketing opportunities.
Through her work Angela also works with the hospitality industry, working with tea shops, hotels, delis and restaurants to enhance their tea offering. This includes the creation and management of a Tea Menu, tea and food pairing and seasonal event planning. Staff training also forms a key part of the service, with in-house training provided.
Angela has given numerous tea masterclasses both in the UK and USA, has hosted tea tasting events, is a judge for the UK?s Great Taste Awards (the acknowledged benchmark for speciality food & drink) and has been interviewed on international TV and radio.
Angela writes and speaks about tea and runs tea education events at various locations. Details of which can be found on her website or twitter feed.
Camellia Plc is an international group, listed on the London Stock Exchange and employs over 73,000 people worldwide. Camellia's interests include Agriculture and Horticulture, Private Banking and Financial Services, Food Storage and Distribution and Engineering.
The Company has tea plantation and tea factory interests in Bangladesh (Duncan Brothers), Darjeeling, Assam and the Doars in India (Goodricke Group), Kenya (Eastern Produce Kenya) and Malawi (Eastern Produce Malawi). The Company is the second largest private producer of tea in the world and produces approximately 90 million kilos of high quality tea a year, has an instant tea factory in India and also supplies packet tea in India.
Our products have a number of certifications including Rain Forest Alliance, Fairtrade (Processor and Exporter), UTZ, Ethical Tea Partnership, ISO 22000, PAS 220 and HAACP and we are the winner of the Unilever winning through sustainability award and East African Environmental Excellence Award.
Cup of Tea Ltd - Ronnefeldt Tea UK
3 Moonshill Barns
Stoke St. Michael
Cup of Tea specialises in the finest orthodox produced teas from around the world. Sold online via our website and distributed wholesale to the finest hotels, restaurants and tea shops we have more than 200 teas available.
Our huge range encomasses teas from single estate Darjeelings to popular black teas, green teas and herbal and fruit infusions plus a new range of Ayurveda infusions specifically developed for Spa Hotels and Health Spa operations.
For our trade customers we provide everything needed to display, brew and serve our superb teas and infusions.
We have a strong focus on training and it is our belief that it is pointless working with great tea if it is not stored, brewed and served properly. Our exclusive customers benefit from free training on a regular basis to ensure that staff, of all levels, feel comfortable, confident and capable in working with top quality teas.
Styles of Tea & Services Offered:
Our list of teas include teas from India such as First and Second Flush Darjeelings, Assams, Ceylon Teas, plus an excellent range of white, green and black teas from China. We also offer our customers a carefully chosen selection of Japanese green teas (mostly organic), Oolongs from Taiwan and other growing areas and amongst our loose leaf teas are some from even more exotic locations such as Tanzania and Columbia.
The widest range of teas we list are in orthodox loose leaf format, however, we also have a large selection of traditional tag and string teabags filled with superior orthodox fannings plus leaf grade teabag formats .
We pride ourselves that quality, service and consistency are at the heart of what we do and we are always happy to enthusiastically discuss tea with both our regular customers and potential customers.
Varieties of Tea Offered:
Orthodox loose leaf teas; Black; Green; White & Oolong. Orthodox produced flavoured Black; Green & Oolong teas.
Herbal and Fruit Infusions
Forthcoming Tea Events:
Twice a year we host tea tasting workshops at our head office in Somerset. These events are hugely popular with tea enthusiasts and, especially, for those who are planning to start up a tea related business. For more details and information please visit our website: www.cupoftea.co.uk or call our offices on 01761 239162.
We are also happy to arrange personalised tea talks and to discuss your individual tea concept.
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Davenports Tea Room
Warrington Road, Bartington,
One of the best afternoon teas in Cheshire, Davenports Tea Room is situated in Cheshire's beautiful countryside, yet within 40 minutes of Chester, Manchester and Liverpool. With a range of over 6 afternoon teas to choose from plus their very popular themed events, such as the Mad Hatters Tea Party and Victorian Christmas, Davenports Tea Room remains the Tea Guilds last ever winner of the Top Tea Room in the UK. Offering over 50 specialist loose leaf teas, and uniquely guide you as to the best teas to suit your needs and brew according to personal taste.
In addition to the Tea Room itself, they also offer a unique private Vintage Afternoon Tea Cruises with one of the routes including passage on the famous Anderton Boat Lift, known as the Cathedral of the Canals.
The Davenport family celebrates over 90 years of business in the Northwich area.
This tea room has built its business on repeat and recommendations and is well worth a visit.
We have a wide range of specialist teas, we advise customers and brew according to personal taste
Royal Air Force (Rare Tea Co)
Tea Room Blend (Taylors of Harrogate)
Mad Hatter Tea
Cheshire Blend (Cheshire Tea Co)
Northern Tea (Northern Tea Merchants)
Assam (Tea from the Manor)
Assam (Jing Tea)
Earl Grey (Tregothnan)
Earl Grey (Mad Hatter)
Staunton Earl Grey (East India Company)
Imperial Earl Grey (Quniteassential Tea Company)
Earl Grey (Jing Tea)
Mint Chocolate Roobis
Darjeeling 2nd Flush
Chinese Rose Petal
Rose Congou Superior
2008 Raw Pur Erh Mini Cakes
Jasmine Green Tea Pearls
Gin & Tonic Tea
Tie Guan Yin
Damask Rose Buds
Cheshire Tea - Delicious Berry
Tregothnan Manuka Herbal
Tregothnan Myrtle Infusion
Tregothnan Lemon Verbena
All our special events require min 24hr notice and a £10pp deposit to confirm, though many of these events book many months in advance.
Victorian Christmas mid-Nov through to 31st Dec (excluding Christmas closure)
A magical event that is well attending from people travelling far and wide. Many people use this as the start of their Christmas and come back year after year, so it does book up. Beautifully decorated room, staff dressed in costume, 2 different themed afternoon tea available during this period. £33 per adult (£19.99 per child) includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival, afternoon tea, pot of tea each and a little gift. See our Facebook page for images or website for more details.
Mothering Sunday weekend Sat 21 March & Sun 22 March 2020
Special Mothers Day Afternoon Tea £27.99pp
Mad Hatters Tea Party 30 Aug 2020
Very popular themed event focused on the food, but within an eccentric, mad environment with characters £37.00 pp includes as much tea as you'd like! See our Facebook page for images or website for more details.
Vintage Afternoon Tea Cruises
All booked on a request basis - subject to availability. £60pp (Min spend £300) Deposit required £100
See our Facebook page for images or website for more details.
Fine Tea Merchants Ltd
The Office Building, Village Yard, Station Road
Finlay Beverages Ltd
Finlay Beverages, as part of Finlay's, is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Limited. The group's 250 year heritage has centred on its core asset, tea plantations in Africa and the Indian sub continent. We have been packing tea for the UK market for over 100 years and are now the UK's largest private label and food service industry packer/supplier. Finlay Beverages utilises its group knowledge and expertise to blend and pack high quality standard black teas, speciality teas, and fruit & herbal infusions in modern well-equipped production facilities in Yorkshire. For over 250 years Finlay's have built a legacy of real social and environmental responsibility. Embracing our responsibilities means commitment to high standards of sustainability within our business and acting for change outside our borders. In line with our standards, all our products are supplied under the Ethical Tea Partnership and Fairtrade mark with high quality certified Organic teas also being produced.
Jing Tea Limited
325 Canterbury Court
1-3 Brixton Road
Jing Tea is a young, innovative tea importing company. It hand selects unusual and seasonal teas 'from China, India, Japan and Taiwan' for retail outlets including Harrods, corporate clients such as Coutts, the Queen's bankers, and restaurants including The Fat Duck.
Jing Tea fosters a unique relationship with the world's finest tea producers, enabling the company to source special and rare teas, including exceptional greens, whites, oolongs, blacks and puerh teas. The company also offers the best of more familiar teas from Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, and outstanding blends and scented teas such as Jasmine.
In addition, Jing Tea offers a full consultancy service, tea wares, tea tasting classes and can compose tea lists, events and pairing menus as well as tea tours in China and India. One of the world's best online tea shops can be found at www.jingtea.co.uk and in 2007 Jing Tea launched its own branded products for sale to retail outlets.
Herts HP4 3TZ
Eminent Tea Consultant, Malcolm Ferris-Lay has over four decades of experience in the Tea Industry.
Malcolm started his training with Twining's in 1968 and then went on to work with one of London's premier Tea Brokers until the demise of the London Tea Auctions.
In 1984 he joined his family tea business with its four retail tea and coffee shops together with its wholesale business. After the successful sale of the business Malcolm became Sales & Marketing Director and later Managing Director of Williamson & Magor, probably the world's finest family owned tea growers and packers.
Malcolm is recommended by The UK Tea & Infusions Association (previously known as The UK Tea Council) for services as an expert trainer for Afternoon Tea for business conferences, world famous hotels, city and country hotels and tea rooms.
Clients have included Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle (Royal Collection); Atlantis Palm Hotel Dubai; Ritz Carlton Dubai; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas); The Angel Hotel Abergavenny, The Dorchester London, The Savoy, Corinthia London, Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, InterContinental Hotels, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Althorp House and Priory House Tea Rooms.
Malcolm is pleased to offer his services in the following categories:
Afternoon Tea Training,
Bespoke Tea Blending,
Sourcing Product for both trade and consumers,
Reginald Ames Ltd
Unit 12, Tannery Road Industrial Estate
Reginald Ames Ltd. is a long standing tea company that has been running in London since 1934. It is a unique blend of traditional methods & ideologies with modern views & business knowhow. The company has several strings to its bow as follows:
The Directors of the company still pay regular visits to the growing regions in order to ensure the quality of workmanship that they hold in such high regard.
On occasion, they have taken customers along with them to help enhance the customers knowledge ? after all, it is the company?s firm belief that they will only ever be as successful as their customers.
It is fortunate then, that their customers include some of the best tea companies, restaurants, hotels and tea rooms throughout the world.
Reginald Ames is one of the UK's remaining traditional Tea Merchants. The company still adheres to and maintains the very high standards that were a necessary requirement from its conception.
Our combined buying, brokering tea and herbal infusions, shipping and tea blending experience enables the staff at Reginald Ames to continue to provide a high quality service and exceptional product for wholesale and Export sales.
Our skilled team works together to ensure that only the best quality orthodox and CTC manufactured teas are used. The blending drums and teabag machines are continuously in use throughout the year ensuring consistent blends of speciality teas both for Wholesale/Export and individual customers - Speciality - Loose - Teabags.
We import teas from India, Africa, Asia, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and other sources.