Wednesday, July 27, 2011


"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." - Letter from Sidney Smith (1771-1845)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to Lizzie and US!

The Berry Tea Shop opened it's doors on the Queen's Birthday long weekend last year - so we are exactly One year old today! What an amazing year it has been. We have met so many lovely people, made lots of new friends and drunk plenty of tea along the way. We've had so many happy customers come through our store, from all over the world, and the response has been fantastic. We are also very excited to have our website up and running in time for our first birthday and we've got lots planned for the coming year. So watch this space...

We'd like to thank our wonderful staff, our suppliers and the local community for all their support.

Paulina and Cliff

x x x

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Russian Caravan

If you like your tea strong with lots of flavour then Russian Caravan definitely hits the spot every time. Russian Caravan has a distinctive smoky aroma which comes from blending Lapsang Souchong with deep Chinese red teas. It is best drunk black but I have to admit to enjoying mine with a splash of milk.
Although a blend of Chinese teas, its name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that carried cargoes of tea and spices from tea-producing areas (namely India, Ceylon and China) to Europe (via Russia). It took at least half a year to make the six-thousand-mile journey along the Silk Road from the Chinese border to Russia, and the voyage was harsh. This tea pays homage to that journey.

Tea has such a rich and noble history which extends back five thousand years. It was such a precious commodity that was usually only enjoyed by Emperors, Kings and royalty. Today it is the second most popular drink, after water, and two billion cups of tea are drunk around the world every day. We are so lucky that this wonderful drink is now so readily available and that we can all enjoy the benefits and virtues of tea.  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Our new year's resoulution for 2011 was to try and eat less cake, but as we are surrounded by delicous creations from The Cake Store everyday, this is virtually impossible. They say, a little of what you fancy is good and there is nothing we love more than a nice slice of cake with a cup of tea.  Bliss!