May 20, 2021 6 min read
Now that restrictions are finally lifting and we're in the queue for vaccine number two, we're starting to see more of our family and friends. Unfortunately, we didn't think to book in advance to visit our favourite restaurant and, to our horror, it's completely booked up until June! Since we've been unable to see our family for sooo long we simply can't wait until June for our big reunion so we've been brainstorming to think of alternative ways we can meet up safely.
After careful consideration, we've decided to throw an outdoor tea party for some of our closest friends and family but this isn't just any tea party, it's going to be a tea party fit for a Northerner!
Now what constitutes a Northern tea party, I hear you ask.
A tea party fit for a Northerner is crafted with the highest quality Northern produce and, of course, some accessories from For the Love of the North. If this sounds like something you fancy, have a little read below to find out how to make your own.
Obviously, you can't have a Tea Party without a nice brew. But, for this extra special Tea Party, we'll be putting down our standard teabags and switching to some loose leaf tea brewed right here in the North East.
Our tea comes from our For the Love of the North supply of loose leaf tea. Now, we know what you're all thinking, loose leaf tea is a bit of a faff on, but we promise it couldn't be simpler. All you'll need is a teapot and a reusable strainer and the instructions on the packet, then you've got the perfect cuppa.
At For the Love of the North we stock three different selections of tea which are all inspired by the North East.
We have a delicious berry tea inspired by County Durham. The deep purple hue represents the stained glass windows of the Cathedral and the floral notes pay homage to the rural countryside.
We're both massive fans of the humble camomile tea but it's had a bit of a makeover in the Northumbrian Wild Flower loose leaf tea. This tea is inspired by the rolling hills of Northumberland and is made with whole flowers, herbs, fruits and leaves. It is pure relaxation in a cup.
Of course, not everyone is a huge fan of tea but that's okay because we've also got plenty of fresh coffee to brew up instead.
We like to use coffee that has been brewed in Holy Island, and the Holy Grail blend is one of our absolute favourites. The coffee is organically grown in Rotutu and Nensebo Relisa which gives it a really unique flavour with fruity hints of tangerine and mango- delicious.
One of our other favourite flavours is the Daily Bread blend which is organically grown in Brazil and Columbia. This coffee has a rich undertone of chocolate and hazelnut praline which is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!
Don't worry if caffeine isn't for you, sometimes we like to opt for the Decaf option instead.
We don't sell sarnies at For the Love of the North and we fancied a night off the cooking, so we've decided to visit our favourite sandwich shop in the North East, Robineau.
Robineau was established in 2002 and is based in Darlington, County Durham. They supply the BEST French patisseries and sandwich platters.
Since Lucy is veggie, we like to keep the options open for something other than sandwiches, so we'll be purchasing some of our favourite local cheeses from our local deli in Whitley Bay, Kork.
Kork is an independent local wine ship and deli in our hometown, Whitley Bay. The owners are a couple running a local business just like us! We usually pop in on a Friday for a bottle of our favourite wine, but this time we'll be opting for their Northumberland Blue cheese and some cold meats for Paul and the rest of the meat-eaters.
If you aren't fancying sourcing all your Tea Party treats from different places in the North East, we have the perfect solution. The Whitby Deli is the BEST place in the North East for sourcing pre-made Charcuterie boards.
The Whitby Deli is beloved by Yorkshire for its selection of baked goods and locally sourced products. Sometimes we like to treat ourselves to one of their pre-made Grazing Boards instead of making our own. Our favourite board has to be the Classic which comes with:
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Who said you couldn't have a bit of booze at a Tea Party? It is technically a party, so we think, if you fancy it, it's okay! Whenever we want to get some delicious organic wine, we always visit the wonderful Grape and Grain in Northumberland.
Grape and Grain is one of our favourite independent shops and they stock fine wines and spirits. It's a completely family-owned business located in the heart of Northumberland and, if you fancy it, they also stock Cuban cigars!
Now we have all the basics covered, it's time to really style out this Tea Party and add some FTLOTN touches to make it truly fit for a Northerner.
If we do end up cracking open a cheeky bottle of wine, then we'll swap our bone china mugs to our tin St Mary's Lighthouse mugs. These mugs are so much better than plastic reusable wine glasses because they're more sustainable. If we're sitting outside we tend to avoid actual wine glasses because they're so breakable and these mugs are a fab alternative.
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We’re a family of four living in Whitley Bay; I’m Mum (Claire), married to Phil and we have two children who are five and seven. Bay and Beyond was created to share our family adventures and showcase the places we enjoy visiting in the area and beyond. As a family we love a good road trip; jumping in the car with a boot load of snacks and kids clothes for every eventuality! After a year of very few road trips we were so excited to be able to visit Stockeld Park near Wetherby.
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