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Tea for Two

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on Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Afternoon tea, with its delicious scones, dainty sandwiches and tempting cakes is the ultimate traditional treat.

Now in its 28th year, The UK Tea Council's Tea Guild Awards (the Oscars of the tea world, with world) has awarded The Goring Hotel the highly coveted honour of Top London Afternoon Tea.

The Tea Guild judges dine anonymously and pay like regular clientele - follow strict guidelines and criteria that cover every aspect of the afternoon tea experience. The décor, the appropriateness of the crockery, staff attitude and tea knowledge, efficiency of service, overall ambience and very importantly how the tea itself is served are all taken into account.


The Goring gained a near perfect score from the Tea Guild's very impressed judges this year. Guests can enjoy an elegant afternoon tea by a roaring fire in the hotel's lounge. In warmer weather The Goring boasts a delightful garden, offering one of the few al fresco afternoon teas in the capital.

Afternoon tea at The Goring consists of dainty finger sandwiches, homemade buttery scones, and numerous hand-crafted patisseries, all served with an excellent selection of carefully selected and perfectly brewed teas.


Head of The Tea Guild Irene Gorman said: "Afternoon tea at The Goring Hotel is a truly special experience. The elegant surroundings and faultless presentation make it a memorable occasion aided by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable staff. It is easy to understand why this leading establishment attracts so many, of all ages, to take afternoon tea."

Food and Beverage manager at The Goring Stuart Geddes said "As a proud member of The Tea Guild we are delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award. All of the staff at The Goring Hotel are passionate about creating a memorable guest experience and when it comes to serving the perfect afternoon tea, we strive to get every detail just right."

To book your afternoon tea at The Goring visit or call 020 7396 9000

High Summer Holly

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on Tuesday, 09 April 2013
This afternoon we were treated to a first look at TV presenter Holly Willoughby's high summer collection for Very. And we liked it. A lot.

The mother-of-two hosted afternoon tea at Claridges, and showed off her favourite dresses (and a playsuit) from the SS13 collection.

Holly Willoughby fashion for Very

Eager to prove her designs look as good on "real women" as they do models Holly had recruited four fans of her collection to attend and model at the launch.

"As a busy working mum, I know how hard it is to look stylish when you are constantly on the go," said Holly, who was wearing one of her own designs. "That's why I design pieces that are trend-led but do not require a lot of styling."

And - as usual - she pulled this off in fabulous fashion. Personally we can't wait to get our hands on the lace trim tea dress, and the purple maxi dress, and the...

Words by Katy Pearson

Buttery brilliance

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on Monday, 25 March 2013
Without wanting to step on Nigel's toes, I have a recipe I must share.

I went to a Kerrygold event last week, where the wonderful Rachel Allen was on hand to extoll the virtues of their their new softer block butter (bear with me). While many more spreadable butters are pumped full of vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats and other nasties, Kerrygold's version is rendered more malleable simply due to the way they heat and cool the milk. That is about as much of the science as I understand, but I am completely sold on the product. I have been using it to butter my pre-emptive Hot Cross Buns all week.

At said event, they served the most delicious savoury pancakes. I inhaled about six of the delights and would have eaten many more had politeness not prevailed. Anyway, now I have my hands on the recipe, I intend to rustle up a batch tonight.

Black Friday all week and Shrove Tuesday on a Monday? Seems I need to sort out my culinary calendar...




Serves 4

For the pancake batter:
15g (1/2oz) Kerrygold block butter, now softer
150g (5oz) plain flour
pinch of salt
200ml (7fl oz) milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons water
For the filling:
25g (1oz) Kerrygold block butter, now softer
1 onion, finely chopped
400g (14oz) baby spinach
225g (8oz) mushrooms, sliced
100ml (4fl oz) single cream
1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and freshly ground pepper
chopped fresh chives, to garnish (optional)

1.    For the pancake batter, melt the Kerrygold butter over a low heat. Put the flour, salt, milk, eggs and water into a mixing bowl and beat together with a hand whisk to make a smooth batter. Whisk in the melted Kerrygold butter and leave to rest for 20-30 minutes.

2.    For the filling, melt the Kerrygold butter in a heavy saucepan until it foams. Add the onion, then cover and sweat over a gentle heat for 5-10 minutes, until soft but not coloured.

3.    Meanwhile, cook the spinach in a tiny amount of water in a large lidded saucepan, until the leaves wilt (about 3-4 minutes). Drain, then squeeze out the excess liquid with the back of a spoon.

4.    Add the mushrooms to the onion and cook for a few more minutes, then stir in the cream, parsley and spinach. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

5.    Cook ladlefuls of the pancake batter in a non-stick frying pan until set on the surface. Turn over to cook the other side. Use to make 4 large or 8 small pancakes.

6.    Lay the pancakes on warm plates and spoon the filling in the middle. Serve, sprinkled with chopped chives.

Tip: Use the filling as a sauce for pasta - simply stir it though your favourite cooked pasta shapes.

Sugar sensation

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on Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Tate & Lyle Sugars - Britain’s largest cane sugar brand - has created the world’s first hotel made entirely from cake to launch their new Taste Experience range of golden and brown cane sugars.

We popped along to check out the Soho-based cake hotel, which has been created using more than 600 kilos of Taste Experience sugar (600 kilos!) A team of 14 cake makers are behind the edible house, which took more than 2,000 hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate.


The eight differently-themed rooms feature are a cornucopia of sugary delights. Our favourites were the Treacle Tarts in the the British Inspired space, and the Giant Turtle Eggs (crack them open to reveal cake!) in the Barbados Inspired room.

One hour and a million sweet treats later, we had made serious headway into that 600 kilos...

The hotel will be available for an overnight stay, free of charge for one lucky couple on Thursday 21st March. For bookings, tweet @welovebaking and explain why you want to stay over in the first cake hotel, including the hashtag '#TastingHouse'.

For more information on Tate & Lyles eight new Fairtrade sugars visit 

Thrill of the chase

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on Thursday, 14 March 2013
As a fan of Alex Monroe’s delicate, nature-inspired jewellery – I am never without my Lucky Clover or Mr and Mrs Bird necklaces – I fluttered excitedly to the launch of their new collection, The Chase, at their London SE1 boutique. I was intrigued by the press release description: “there is a darker side, as we observe the hunter and its prey”.
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Just as you would expect, the boutique is a heavenly nest of quirky, woodland gorgeousness with a surrealist twist. I was welcome by manager Jutta Pfannkuch and her team, and over a glass of fizz we discussed the new pieces, available in sterling silver or 22-carat gold plate. Inspired by nature and “all things English”, they have the freshness and lightness of touch typical of Monroe’s work, but in his latest offering nature is earthier, with hints of red in tooth and claw.

Sharp, streamlined foxes chase (but never catch!) adorable bunnies around a bracelet, or across a pair of earrings. And the fox, of course, is both predator and prey – although no hounds are featured. There is a sprinkling of irony too, in the Shotgun Wedding pendant, featuring two birds perched happily on a gun. Winged creatures make their nests on rings or stand on intricate, miniature garden gates. All of it is closely observed, finely detailed and beautifully crafted – and despite the theme of “the chase”, Monroe’s signature gentleness runs through the collection. monroe 2

One way or another, all the pieces made me smile. And, with prices ranging from £105 to £195, they are affordable too. Top of my wish list was a running rabbit pendant, an understated piece that captured the energy and magical qualities of that much-loved creature. Another favourite was a ring with a sitting rabbit next to a tiny diamond – it made me think of Easter eggs. On which subject, the luscious displays included china bowls full of miniature chocolate eggs for guests to enjoy, as well as rabbit-shaped vases filled with daffodils.

Although here to view the new collection, I couldn’t help feasting my eyes on some of the other pieces. Many are well-known classics (the ring with two birds and a pearl that I’ve been lusting after for years) and some I had not seen before and instantly fell in love with, like a gold owl pendant with bright green gemstone eyes. Trying on different necklaces, I discovered they work really well layered together – so my beloved clover and birds needn’t stay at home once I’ve acquired a new one. There was universal cooing of appreciation from fellow guests, as we tried on pieces while sipping champagne and nibbling on mini eggs and cupcakes. Utter, utter bliss.

And after all that, back with a thud into the real and very cold world of a March evening– a bit like Alice in Wonderland waking up from her dream. All I have to do now is decide what my next purchase will be: a tough call, as obviously I want everything. Husband, friends and relations: if you are reading this and are stuck for birthday gift ideas, or even just-because present ideas, you know where to go. 

Words by Juanita Coulson

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