Inspired by Teatime
PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 February 2016
Snuggled round the afternoon fire, leaning against the Aga or sitting at the kitchen table – however you like your tea, it always tastes better served from a teapot into a pretty mug
Hint of the Orient
The new face on the tea table for Denby is far different from the classic bold Imperial blue and Regency green we’ve loved forever. Its Kyoto range, part of the Monsoon collection, has a hint of the Orient and soft watercolour hues on fine, soft cream china. Teacup £9, saucer £6.08, pastry plate £7.65, mug £9.45 teapot £40.28.
Denby adds a showery feel to those classic shades such as jet, orchard mint green, piazza pink, and imperial blue, with these delightful mugs, perfect for wrapping your hand around on a cold winter’s day. Mug, £8.10.
Aldiss, Hall Road, Norwich and Oxborough Lane, Fakenham; 0845 2303388; www.aldiss.com
Holt for tea
Decaf, Assam, Keemun, Ceylon, fruit and Darjeeling teas are among one of the largest tea selections in Norfolk in the food hall at Bakers and Larners of Holt. Browse the collection of tea paraphernalia too, from teapots and trays to masses of cups and mugs. London Pottery Company traditional china teapots and filter teapots from £10.99, herbal tea infusers £2.99, organic super teas £3.99.
Bakers and Larners, Market Place, Holt, NR25 6BW; 01263 712244; www.bakersandlarners.co.uk
Artist Ruthanne Tudball creates usable, statement pieces at Temple Barn Pottery, Welborne, near Dereham. Browse the studio there, or see her work at outlets including Contemporary Ceramic Centre, Great Russell Street and Contemporary Applied Arts, Southwark Street, London. Teapots £180, Temple Barn Pottery; www.ruthannetudball.com
The Mr & Mrs Clynk retro orange sunflower mug from Norfolk-based online company Uniquely Eclectic is not only cute, it feels perfect in the palm of your hand. The bright sunflower design has been hand applied, and the mugs are dishwasher safe too.
Priced £10, Uniquely Eclectic; www.uniquelyeclectic.co.uk
The antique tea trolley is one of a kind and is ideal for a stylish teatime. It has been handpainted in a whimsical check pattern with metallic gold accents, and has embellished columns, knobs and wheeled feet.
It’s from King’s Lynn-based The Apothecary By Elouise, priced £650; www.theapothecarybyelouise.com