For the very best brew to start your day, make sure to pick up tea made right here in Dorset. It doesn’t matter whether you like a traditional flavour or something a little more fruity, there are a whole host of tea producers in the region creating a selection of interesting infusions guaranteed to satisfy.
Builder’s Tea? Milky Tea?
How do you drink yours? The creation of the perfect cup of tea is something that has long caused division in the UK. Some people like a ‘Builder’s Tea’, a drink so strong it’ll really give you a boost. It’s a robust and rich way of serving tea. Some though prefer their tea to be almost white in colour with a healthy splash of milk. However, you prefer your tea, you can be sure that tea bags and tea leaves created in Dorset will be flavourful and exactly how you like it.
Of course, we can’t talk about tea without mentioning that Dorset also produces some of the best milk in the west country and of course, who has a cup of tea without a couple of biscuits on the side? Click here to find out more about the local biscuit producers.
Not a fan of the traditional tea flavours? That’s ok you’re well catered for too, whether you want a peppermint tea, a lemon tea or something a little more exotic, there are a whole host of fruit and herb infusions made using locally grown ingredients to stock your cupboards with.
For those of you that are into green tea you might be interested to know that green tea was the original tea that was offered in tearooms and cafes way back in the 1600s. Still known for its health benefits, green tea is just as popular as it was when it was first introduced.
Other than the correct way to drink tea, there is also a huge debate over how tea has become so popular in the UK. Historians seem to think that the rise of tea in Great Britain can be attributed to its reputation as a medicinal drink – well it does help a wide variety of ailments!
Dorset, like it’s neighbour, Devon, is well known for offering the very best in tea related treats. The cream tea is incredibly popular in the West Country due to the quality of the cream and of course, the flavourful fruit used in jams. The very best cream teas also offer homemade scones (either plain or fruit) – so be sure to look out for tearooms, cafes and hotels offering cream tea!
If a cream tea is a little too indulgent, there is nothing wrong with going out for Afternoon Tea. You still get a selection of sweet treats, mini sandwiches and of course, as much tea as you like, brewed to perfection and giving you the option to add your own milk and sugar.
There are a number of award-winning tea brands based in Dorset. One of which, Clipper, is one of the first UK companies to receive the Fairtrade Mark highlighting just how fair their trading practices are. Clipper also dominate when it comes to their products being natural and when there are over 90 varieties for you to choose from, you can be sure that whatever your tea preference, you’ll be guaranteed a high quality, flavourful tea. There are so many great local brands creating blends of interesting and unique tastes in the region, so tea lovers need no excuse to sample all of them.
Dorset is full of cute and cosy tearooms where you are welcome to rest and refresh. These tearooms can be found all over the county, so whether you want a countryside retreat or a seafront where you can while away the hours listening to the waves crashing while nursing a steaming pot of locally created tea.
Find out more about the region’s tearooms and cafes by clicking here.