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Month: September 2015

12 Points to Make Your Mornings Perkier

12 Points to Make Your Mornings Perkier

Summer seems to have zipped by in the blink of an eye. Sunny days are sporadic and cooling down. Mornings are murky, nights darker and colder and the green is seeping out of the landscape to be replaced with russets and ochres and burnt embers. […]

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly…

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly…

‘Birds Of Paradise’ Tea Jelly If you’re ever requiring a light, healthy pudding that you can make with minimal effort, this has to be in the running! ‘Bird of Paradise’ tea has a delicate flavour, with lots of tropical fruit flavours going on too, which […]

Japan Welcomes Ringtons Tea

Japan Welcomes Ringtons Tea


Japanese tea ceremonies are also known as The Way of Tea and are well celebrated as one of the country’s most famous traditions.  While Japanese tea ceremonies feature green tea and elegant ceremonial presentation, it seems the British way of serving black tea from a teapot with milk is just as intriguing to the Japanese as their traditional tea ceremony is to us.1

Interest in British tea in Japan is so high in fact, that we have been invited to take part in a very exciting British Fair in Osaka in Japan alongside our Japanese distributor Naoya Okada.  We are delighted that one of our original carts is going to take centre stage as the main display at the fair and we even have the opportunity to teach visitors about British tea drinking and traditional doorstep delivery services which are almost unheard of in Japan.


The display cart – van 220 – was first used to deliver tea to our
customers in the 1920s and is currently on a six week journey to Osaka in Japan to take its place at the Hankyu Department store fair. The Ringtons vehicle is the first to ever leave the UK, so a lot of planning went in to protecting the invaluable cart ahead of its epic sea journey, and once it arrives we’re even hooking it up to a replica 17-hand horse and donning our finest vintage ware to tell the true Ringtons story!

As well as attending the fair in Japan we recently took part in some filming with a Japanese crew who were in the UK to make a promotional video for the exhibition.  The crew joined us at Ringtons HQ in Newcastle to try out some tea tasting, interview our CEO Simon Smith and even visit one of our longest standing customers, 100 year old Deborah, who has been a loyal Ringtonian for 70 years.


With some help from our friends at Beamish Open Air Museum we even set up an original Ringtons cart with Prince the horse to recreate a delivery from the 1920s!   It was fantastic to take part in such an exciting couple of days of filming and to see a horse and cart in the environment it would have originally been in.

Our next stop is the British Fair in Osaka in October so keep an eye on the blog for a post-event update.

Bet You Haven’t “Bean” There & Done This

Bet You Haven’t “Bean” There & Done This

Barbeque-Style Paprika Coffee Baked Beans  It might surprise you to hear that coffee doesn’t just belong in your mug to rouse you from slumber every weekday morning. Coffee actually can be great in food too! This recipe has a slightly camp-fire, ‘Americana’ feel to it, […]

The Great  North Tea

The Great North Tea

Last week The Great North Run took place just down the road from Tea and Coffee Company Ringtons. The roads of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the nearby towns of Gateshead and South Shields were transformed as thousands took to the streets to run, jog and walk […]

Tea for the Glasses

Tea for the Glasses


Guest post by Edward Mason Guest post by Edward (Ted) Mason (1)For tea lovers, the summer can see a reduction of our favourite drink as the hot weather demands cooler drinks. As September leaks slowly into October, the question is, how do we enjoy the dregs of of the summer and still get our quota of tea? The answer: Iced Tea!! A life-saver for tea fiends on a sultry Indian summers day, promising to carry the delicate taste tea brings with a refreshing kick.

Breakfast Iced Tea:

Rington’s Earl Grey Tea, marmalade… and gin: surprisingly, a match made in heaven. This unlikely combination works, with the fragrant earl grey sweetened slightly with the marmalade and the gin giving an unexpected edge. This recipe is sure to be a show stopper at any Summer bbq.

Breakfast Iced Tea


30ml gin

15ml orange liquor (eg cointreau)

60ml cooled earl grey tea

Juice of half a lemon

A generous teaspoon of marmalade

To garnish: Orange slice


1.First make the tea, allow to brew, remove the tea bag and allow to cool (if you are in a hurry then add some ice)

2.In a boston shaker add all other ingredients. And shake vigorously for around 15-20 seconds ensuring the marmalade is dissolved amongst other ingredients.

3.Pour into a tall cooled glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange segment and enjoy!

Breakfast Iced Tea

Assam & apple iced tea:

 This fruity take on an iced tea is simple and hard to go wrong with. Ingredients are easily adjusted to personal preference.

Assam & Apple Iced Tea


100ml cooled assam tea

100ml apple juice

Juice of half a lemon

3 drops of angostura bitters.

1 tsp sugar

To garnish: Apple slice



 1: Brew the tea, add a tsp of sugar, strain and leave to cool.

2:Once cooled add all ingredients to  a Boston shaker and shake for 15-20 seconds.

3:Pour into a tall glass filled with ice & garnish with an apple slice

Notes: Level of sweetness can be varied to personal taste, just add more or less according to preference.

Assam & Apple Iced Tea

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