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Craft corner: Tea-riffic Bird Feeder

Craft corner: Tea-riffic Bird Feeder

Use up unwanted or odd cups and saucers to create an adorable tea cup bird feeder that’s also a feast for the eyes!   Materials A cup and saucer, cleaned (make sure it’s not chipped) Bird seed and treats Twine or string, 3x 50cm lengths […]

Craft corner: Floral decorations perfect for Spring

Craft corner: Floral decorations perfect for Spring

Now it’s Spring, this is a craft you can really get creative with!

Use whatever you have to hand – faux or fresh flowers – there’s no rules and it’s a wonderful way to bring the outside in, safely – during these bright Spring days. It’s also as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Materials:

  • Fresh flowers and foliage or faux flowers (why not use cut flowers from your own garden)
  • An old embroidery ring or wooden hoop
  • Wire or string  

Method:

  1. Start by placing your foliage or a good base flower around your hoop, we used Gypsophila. Wind around your wire or string, securing the flowers/foliage to the hoop.
  2. Once done, you can start slotting in the rest of your flowers by sliding the stalks through the wire or string. Cut off any long stems and arrange as you please.
  3. Finish off by adding a loop of string to the top to hang it with and enjoy!

TIP: To create a longer lasting design, dry out flowers and grasses and use them instead!

Zoe & Ringtons: Top Tips for Keeping Active with Kids at home…

Zoe & Ringtons: Top Tips for Keeping Active with Kids at home…

Home schooling and even just having kids at home can be a challenge at the best of times… So while we’re all spending more time at home, I find that exercise is very much needed to help the kids concentrate and let off some steam. […]

Ringtons Recipe: Earl Grey Cupcakes

Ringtons Recipe: Earl Grey Cupcakes

What could be better for an afternoon tea treat than the delicate taste of bergamot in these sophisticated Earl Grey Tea cupcakes.   Ingredients For the sponge 3 Ringtons Earl Grey teabag 3tbl just-boiled water 80g unsalted butter 280g caster sugar 240g plain flour 1tbsp […]

5 things we bet you didn’t know about Ringtons…

5 things we bet you didn’t know about Ringtons…

…and make sure to keep following us on social – we’ll be quizzing you on this in the coming weeks 😉

1: There isn’t a ‘Mr Rington’

Sam Smith founded Ringtons with an initial investment from his business partner William Titterington. The name Ringtons was actually formed from the last half of Willliam’s surname and the ’S’ from Smith. Many believe because Titterington & Smith was too large to fit on the cart.

2: Ay up – we’ve roots in Yorkshire

Sam hailed from Leeds! He moved to the Newcastle upon Tyne in 1907 and began selling tea from his horse and cart. Interestingly, in the 1930s Sam went back to Leeds and built a brand new Ringtons factory on the site of his former home. The building still stands today as a Sikh temple!

3: It’s all about the horse power

The last horse in the Ringtons fleet, Monty, retired in 1962… the only reason Monty kept going was because the van lad didn’t want to drive a motorised vehicle – we think the customers might have preferred it too!

4: We like a challenge

In 1961 we aired our first TV advert! It showed salesperson Cliff Taylor roll up his trousers and wade across to St Mary’s lighthouse in Whitley Bay, Northumberland to make a doorstep delivery. Now that’s dedication!

5: We got the Freedom

In 2007 we celebrated our 100th birthday and received a very special gift. We were awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Newcastle, something we hold very dear. Newcastle upon Tyne is our home and our main office and tasting department is right next to the original building!