Food and drink

A brief history of Afternoon tea

During the mid-nineteenth century it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner. Dinner was a more formal affair and would typically occur around 8 o'clock in the evening, thus leaving a long period of time between meals.

In order to suppress 'that sinking feeling' during the late afternoon, Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Woburn asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during around 4 in the afternoon. Click below to find out more...

Catherine de Braganza

How your morning 'cuppa' became a national obsession

Often described as the most quintessential of English drinks, the custom of drinking tea was a relative late comer to British shores in the mid 17th century. Click here to read more...

Afternoon Tea recipes

From Pimm's Scones and Angle cake to eclairs...recipes to wow your guests

When lockdown ends, there is no better way to celebrate than an afternoon tea with your nearest and dearest. Take a look at some of these showstoppers that will make you the talk of the town.

Mother's Day

So where did it all begin?

The earliest accounts that relate to a 'Mothers Day' date back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to a maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

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Champagne, Prosecco, Cremant and English Sparkling Wine with the @BistroWineMan

Christmas celebrations are now well behind us as we look forward to Springtime, Mothering Sunday, warmer afternoons and evenings spent in the garden perhaps with a Barbecue are surely on the horizon! So why not invest in a few bottles of Fizz to cheer ourselves up? 

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perfect Mother's Day takeaway from Rockfish

Missing eating out or enjoying the best of British seafood? How about trying one of Rockfish’s new seafood experience boxes. You can have great fresh local sustainable seafood delivered to you – from the port to your door. Click below for more..

Recipe Idea

The Little Grower’s Cookbook:

Messy Tart 

This free-form tart works with all sorts of seasonal fruit combinations: peach, pear or plum slices, raspberries, stoned cherries or, as below, rhubarb, strawberries and blueberries. Click below for recipe...

The little growers cookbook

The Little Grower’s Cookbook is the perfect way to tempt kids outside. The book is divided into four chapters; Gardening Basics; Get Planting (spring, summer, autumn, winter); Get Cooking; Weekend Fun!

We speak to authors Ghillie James & Julia Parker about their game-changing book of simple and sustainable gardening activities, recipes and weekend fun for every season that brings nature closer to home. 

Recipe idea

The Little Grower’s Cookbook: Gardener’s cake

A delicious and beautiful cake for those who’ve worked hard in their garden and deserve a treat. Don’t be put off by the use of parsnip – this honestly tastes like carrot cake! Click below for recipe...