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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tregothnan tea...from England!

Hello and welcome to Thursday Tea Things And Talk. I am so glad you have joined me today. 

It's been raining all day here.  We had our tea in the sunroom where the rain can be heard pitter pattering better than the attached house with it's vaulted ceilings. Another reason the sunroom really is an all season room for us. We finished the last of some Canadian maple cream cookies we brought home from Victoria, BC last month when we attended the Victoria Tea Festival. You can read that blog post HERE. Please forgive the next 2 photos...I apparently didn't have the macro on...duh...but the cookies are all gone now so I couldn't retake the photos when I realized. Sigh...



We had our Murchie's Afternoon Blend tea. A lovely blend of teas including Darjeeling...my favorite!



As I was sitting with my tea, it reminded me of another favorite tea from Tregothnan, Cornwall.  I was thinking about a day spent in Cornwall a few years ago when we went to visit Tregothnan House where England's only tea plantation is located. Tregothnan House was reached by a river steamer from Falmouth on the river Fal.



It was a misty morning on the river, and this is Lord Copeland's estste Trellissick home of the Copeland China collection that we also visited, but I'll save that for another post.



Tregothnan House from the Fal river steamer. Perfect!  The house and lands has been in the same family since the 1330s. The Boscawen family have included such notables as  Prime Minister Charles Grey, for whom the Earl Grey tea blend was named. No wonder they decided to expand the small tea growing curiosities into what is now a successful and one-of-a-kind English tea plantation amid the wonderful gardens.



We docked and trekked to the top, and found the house to be a lovely place.






The gardens are fabulous and are open to the public as well as the tea shop and tours of the plantation. 



This is one of my favorites, as well as the Afternoon Tea blend. Below is a display in the tea shop...a whole wall of the different teas they produce which include black, green, white teas and fruit infusions.



And of course we had to have a cuppa...not served in a teacup but in a hefty signature, but bone china, mug with a good Cornish cream tea of scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream. Incidentally, the English strawberry is very different to the strawberries we have in the US. The berries are smaller and have a more intense strawberry flavor. Heaven!!!


Here is a link to their website: Tregothnan Tea

I found a link to a wonderful photo essay on the entire Tregothnan tea estate on a website called boston.com that I would really reccommend you visiting, the photos and explanation of the tea growing is quite fun.

Tregothnan Tea Time

So thanks for visiting Thursday Tea Things And Talk. I am in the middle of taxes at the moment, both home and business, so it's a bit wierd around here, so apologize for the shorter post. Please feel free to link your tea related posts below with the linky, and have a great weekend!

10 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post on Tregothnan tea, Ruth. Very interesting and informative. Beautiful scenic photos too.

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  2. Gorgeous setting for a wonderful afternoon! I'm certainly glad the trek is worth the effort :))
    Thank you, Ruth, for introducing us to this new info and destination !

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  3. Your photographs are just beautiful and seem to capture the mood of the place!-Love the view from the water and the gate to the garden- Lucky you to go there! I'll have to add a trip here to my very long bucket list!

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  4. Dear Ruth,
    Once again, interesting and informative. Now I have a new place to put on my wish list.
    Ruthie

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  5. What a grand beautiful place! I can't imagine having that much selection of teas. I wouldn't know what to choose! Wonderful post, my friend!

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  6. I love Murchie's tea too. Lovely pictures Ruth and a wonderful blog.

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  7. A friend shared some Tregothnan tea with me a while back, so I very much enjoyed learning more about it through this post! And good luck with the taxes!

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  8. Beautiful photos! The gardens look lovely :)

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  9. So beautiful! Such a delightful tea.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  10. OMG Ruth ..I didn't know which tea to select... too many choices( Ha ha) ..Tregothnan sound vintage so let's give it a try !!!!Certainly I'm always on the look out for more lovely blends of tea.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.. I'm an avid picture lover..no matter what..I just love to view pictures so keep bringing them on, my Friend...xoxoxo

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