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Sssh…here’s a sneak preview of our new store frontage!

19 Sep

Unbelievably, it’s just under 3 weeks to go until we open the doors to our very unique tea rooms and store In Clifton Village, Bristol. Here’s our first image of what our store front will look like. It’s great to see Kate’s dreams coming to life. There’s still a lot to do but the builders assure Kate that they are right on track for us to open on Friday 7th October!

pantry frontageVery very exciting indeed!

PS don’t forget to enter our WIN TEA FOR A YEAR COMPETITION HERE

Simple spring sunday lunch: Green tea poached salmon

10 May

I love inviting friends round for a get together over Sunday lunch but when the sun shines I must admit I do find a traditional Sunday roast too much (although we are spoilt for them around Bristol – some of my favourites are The Cowshed, The New Inn, The Kensington Arms). I always fancy something a little lighter for alfresco lunches in the garden.

So when I happened upon Karen Mordechai‘s lovely blogspot, Sunday Suppers, I was delighted to find some wonderful new inspired recipes to try. This one was a must for me (for obvious tea loving reasons) but instead of Lapsang Souchong I tweaked the recipe to try it with Japanese green tea.

It’s delicious and just the perfect dish to serve up with iced green tea and mint cooler (recipe to follow on this blog soon) on sunny spring Sundays. You could even take it on a picnic. Enjoy!

Green tea-poached salmon with apple and fennel salad and potato cakes – serves 4

Spring tea poached salmon

Image by Karen Mordechai at Sunday Suppers Blogspot

For vinaigrette:
3 tb roasted fennel seed
1 tsp anise seed
2 shallots, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup white wine vinegar
Salt and black pepper


1 ¼ cup rapeseed oil

Combine all ingredients and let them sit for 10 minutes. Whisk in the oil and set aside.

For salad:
2 british apples
1 fennel bulb
1 small red onion
¼ cup capers
¼ cup chopped parsley
2tsp chopped chives
Juice of 2 oranges, zest of 1
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt & pepper to taste

Peel and core apples. Peel onions and slice very thinly. Slice apples and fennel bulbs thinly. Toss with remaining ingredients and refrigerate.

For salmon:
4 portions salmon
1 onion peeled and quartered
1 carrot peeled and chopped
2 sticks celery chopped
2 bay leaves
3 star anise
1 red chili
4tbs japanese green tea (I used Guri-cha)
coarse seasalt
2tsp sugar
2 cups white wine
4 cups cold water

Combine ingredients and bring to simmer.
Place fish in pan and lower flame. Poach gently for 8-12 minutes, or until cooked to taste.
Remove fish and allow to cool before handling.

For potato cake:
2 large potatoes
1 spanish onion
2 free range eggs
½ cup spelt flour
Salt & pepper to taste

Peel onion and potatoes. Grate both using the largest available side. Stir in eggs and flour, and season to taste. Pan fry in vegetable oil.

Place potato cake next to salad on the plates and top with salmon.

Lahloo launches at the South West’s Chandos Delis

11 Apr

Chandos Deli

Here at Lahloo we have been celebrating! We are absolutely delighted to be supplying one of, not only our favourite but also, the South West’s favourite specialist food retailers Chandos Deli.

Most Saturday’s you’ll spot Kate popping in to Chandos on her way back from her morning run across Ashton Court for the ingredients to make her favourite weekend brunch – boiled eggs and toast and marmalade! Leaving Chandos with her arms full – a loaf of real bread, either Hobbs House Sherston loaf or Richard Bertinet’s delicious sourdough, local salted butter, free-range eggs and marmalade – and stopping to pick up the FT, Kate  finally makes her way home!

Not long after, Kate and partner Neil fight over the foodie pages by Jancis Robinson and Nick Lander, slurp  pots of nice strong breakfast tea, dunk toast soldiers into their runny eggs and hum along to BBC radio 6. Only then is Kate one very happy bunny!

Chandos’ deli was first set up in 1992 on Chandos Road in Bristol (hence the name). After humble beginnings, they went from strength to strength. The quality of their produce and exciting range (without forgetting their friendly and knowledgeable staff) meant that their business was an overnight success.

Chandos is a top spot for food lovers in Bristol (Whiteladies RoadClifton VillageHenleaze and Quakers Friars), Bath and Exeter. So, when the opportunity arose we jumped at the chance to work alongside Iain and his passionate team, confident they would showcase Lahloo tea’s in all its glory and do us proud!

It’s easy to see why it’s gone from strength to strength, and become one of the South West’s favourites. Great food, pure & simple: their concept is very simple!  And it goes hand in hand with Lahloo’s. Iain’s passion and dedication to sourcing exciting/authentic produce is why he has chosen to stock Lahloo. Like Lahloo, Chandos is an independent, vibrant company that prides itself on its attention to detail and customer service. So, it would seem like the obvious partnership and a match made in foodie heaven!

So, this weekend why not head on down to your local Chandos?  Check out what’s going on, pick up some of your favourite ingredients for a lazy Sunday brunch and (it goes without saying) don’t forget to do them justice by picking up the perfect accompaniment to all that delicious food; Lahloo tea – real tea for real people!

Green tea smoothie: our new way to start the day

1 Mar

Morning’s in your household a bit of a frantic rush? Do you run out of the door without tea or breakfast? How do you fancy a new way to start the day as we go into spring?

Green tea smoothie

Our simple green tea smoothie is really speedy to make, fulfils your morning tea fix and keeps those hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime. How, we hear you ask?

Its simple; matcha! Super tasty and packed full of health and happiness boosting anti-oxidants, matcha (stone-milled Japanese green tea) is one of our favourite teas to start the day. How about adding our quick and super healthy green tea smoothie to your daily routine?

Green tea smoothie 2Green Tea Smoothie

A simple and nutritious breakfast food, made with matcha tea, milk and yogurt.

  • ¼ cup semi-skimmed milk
  • ¼ cup probiotic natural yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 2 tsp matcha

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender.  Pour into a glass. Drink!

Fancy adding one of your 5-a-day? Fruit is a sure-fire way to blow away the cobwebs. Try adding one of the following:  ¼ a cup of seasonal berries, ½ banana, ½ kiwi or ¼ mango.

To find out more about or buy Lahloo’s matcha, click here >

School holiday lazy days brunch: Spelt, ricotta and honey pancakes

22 Dec

So, it’s finally the school holidays and you’re winding down. Hopefully you’ve done all your Christmas shopping and you can just enjoy some time with your little ones. Why not make this berrylicious brunch to start the day. Then get them wrapping presents before settling down to a really good film. Enjoy a relaxing few days before Christmas.

Lazy days brunch!


PS By the way Shrek is on BBC 1 on Thursday afternoon so it could be an afternoon on the sofa in front of the fire with a pot of Vanilla Mist and a few mince pies.

Well done to our award winning stockists – The Hardwick, The Potting Shed, The Felin Fach Griffin

15 Oct

We always knew they were great places but it’s great to see four Lahloo Tea stockists receiving nationally recognised awards for their fabulous food, drinks and hospitality.  Congratulations! You deserve it!

Stephen Terry at the HardwickStephen Terry picks up the AA Restaurant of the Year Wales Award for his Abergavenny restaurant, The Hardwick.

Known for its mighty reputation as an outstanding place to eat and drink, Terry’s restaurant was expanded in time for this year’s Abergavenny Food Festival to offer visitors an astounding place to stay.

The Hardwick is a gastronomic hideaway in the heart of Wales’ lush, verdant hills . I love driving over the Severn for a Sunday walk followed by a cracking roast. And now they have 8 contemporary bedrooms, combining elegant, understated design with Welsh charm. The ultimate autumn gourmet getaway.

The Hardwick, Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales, NP7 9AA
Website: www.thehardwick.co.uk Email: info@thehardwick.co.uk


Felin Fach GriffinThe Inkin brothers’ EatDrinkSleep scoop not one but two Good Pub Guide Awards 2011 for Dining Pub of the Year Wales and Cornwall

The Felin Fach Griffin, a dining pub with rooms, nestles between The Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, near Hay-on-Wye. Charles Inkin likes to think that everyone’s time here is as relaxing as staying in someone’s home. The ethos behind EatDrinkSleep is the simple things in life done well. And things are done very well here – I can vouch for that!

The Felin Fach Griffin, Felin Fach, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0UB, 01874 620111
Website:  www.eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk Email: enquiries@eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk

The Gurnards HeadThe Felin Fach Griffin’s sister, The Gurnards Head, is in the most beautiful part of Cornwall perching on the cliffs high above the Atlantic between St. Ives and St. Just, near the Minack Theatre, Zennor, Penzance and Newlyn.With the same ethos as The Felin Fach Griffin, this is another very special place.

You will truly unwind you as you enjoy one of the country’s most dramatic coastlines. And the salty air is proven (I can vouch for that) to make you sleep deeply in the most comfortable beds.  Eat simple, earthy and delicious food.

The Gurnards Head, Nr Zennor, St. Ives, TR26 3DE, )1736 796928
Website:  www.gurnardshead.co.uk Email: enquiries@gurnardshead.co.uk


The Potting Shed PubThe Potting Shed, Crudwell have won the Good Pub Guide Award 2011 for Dining Pub of the Year

A proper country pub! Rustic, log fires, flagstones, beams, comfy worn chairs and sofas, Barney and Rubbles (the owners’ dogs), garden-fork door handles, spade beer pumps, board games, an excellent locally sourced seasonal menu, range of wines by the glass, home-made seasonal cocktails using local or home-grown fruit and of course fantastic tea!

Go and see ‘The Blaze’ at Westonbirt Arboretum, stay at The Potting Shed’s sister hotel, The Rectory, overnight and then stroll over to The Potting Shed for a lazy Sunday lunch.

The Potting Shed Pub, The Street, Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9EW,
01666 577 833

Website: www.thepottingshedpub.com Email: bookings@thepottingshedpub.co.uk


Well done all of you!

These are just some of the fabulous places we are proud to say we supply around the UK. For more, click here >>


Hedgerow hunting: Berrylicious brunch recipes

13 Sep

Brunch bliss

Last Sunday morning, armed with a bag, we headed into Ashton Court for a spot of pre breakfast foraging for blackberries. I just fancied pancakes and when I know what I fancy I have to have it!  It was worth the effort though! The perfect start to a lazy sunny Sunday. We took our time over brunch with pot after pot of tea and the Sunday newspapers. Bliss!

Blackberry, ricotta and spelt pancakes

Blackberry ricotta spelt pancakesServes: 4   Preperation:  10 mins   Cooking:  10 mins


225g ricotta
125ml milk
2 free range eggs, separated
80g wholegrain spelt flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tbsp honey, plus extra to drizzle
2 tsp rapeseed oil
Blackberries and greek yoghurt to serveMethod


  1. Mix the ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a large bowl. Stir in flour and baking powder until it makes a batter.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until you get soft peaks and fold them into the batter. Stir in the honey.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and drop in 1tbsp dollops of batter. Fry the pancakes for about 1–2 minutes on each side until they are lightly browned.
  4. Add a dollop of greek yoghurt, drizzle honey and sprinkle with blackberries. Yum!

Or if you fancy something quick and easy to have with your porridge, try a smoothie!

Blackberry, apple and oat smoothie

blackberriesServes: 2   preparation:  2 mins


1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1 cup freshly pressed apple juice
1/4 cup oats
10 blackberries
1 tsp honey


  1. Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses. Sip and enjoy!

Wish I was round your place next Sunday for brunch!

Lahloo Tea at The Rectory Hotel and The Potting Shed

3 Jun

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed is a traditional British Dining pub in the stunning village of Crudwell in the Cotswolds. They focus on the little things that really matter; namely great beers on tap, a concise and interesting wine list,  fantastic food. In fact it was awarded New Pub of the Year 2010 by the Good Pub Guide. They even have their own organic veg patch out the back of the pub. This perfect pub deserves to serve a perfect cup of Lahloo Tea.

Lahloo Tea is also served at their sister hotel, The Rectory Hotel just 100 yards up the road. This beautiful, elegantly furnished period house is set in three acres of Cotswold stone-walled garden.

Jonathan and Julian have transformed this building into the ideal escape or the perfect base to explore The Cotwolds. If you are in that neck of the woods why not treat yourself or someone else to a night away, eat and drink at the pub then stay in the hotel. Wake up in the morning with an amazing breakfast (I recommend their full English Breakfast) and a delicious pot of Lahloo Tea.

You can then go off and explore the Westonbirt Arboretum, a magical sight all year round.

Lahloo Tea in the Black Mountains

25 May


… the simple things in life done well! What better way could there possibly be to spend a weekend away (or longer if you’re lucky)! The company behind this brilliant mantra has two fabulous places we’d thoroughly recommend.

Gurnards Head, Cornwall

I first experienced EAT DRINK SLEEP at their dining pub with rooms, The Gurnards Head, in deepest Cornwall in January. We got snowed in but it didn’t matter one bit as this place is a home from home! Cosy rooms, open fires, quaffable wines and amazingly rustic and delicious food. Our favourite meal everyday had to be the fantastic breakfast! We walked, ate, drank and slept like babies and came home feeling ready to take Lahloo Tea onwards and upwards in 2010.

Sumptuous sofas at The Griffin

More recently I have yet again been bowled over by the EAT DRINK SLEEP team at their other dining pub with rooms, The Felin Fach Griffin in the stunning Black Mountains near Hay-on -Wye (the little place famous for its fantastic Hay Festival of Literature and Arts) and Brecon. Again this place oozes with the founders’ mantra of doing simple things very very well.

The team are lovely and really good at what they do (Jay Rayner thinks so too, read his review) This place is a must visit. While you’re there fill up on their wonderful breakfasts in the Aga Room (I can thoroughly recommend the smoked kippers and the home-made soda bread) and of course sip a cup or 3 of delicious Lahloo Tea. Or maybe sip a cup of Earl Grey in their gorgeous garden.

Have you been? I’d love to know what you thought…

Boiled eggs, sourdough soldiers and Lahloo breakfast tea…

28 Apr

…the perfect bank holiday brunch!

Perfect breakfast

Lovely with a cup of Lahloo Breakfast!

At a guess, your favourite fall-back-on or start-the-day tea is probably black tea – malty English Breakfast, citrusy Darjeeling Second Flush or smokey Lapsang Souchong – ours is!

Rather than tea blends of up to 60 different teas from huge gardens, we have sourced a collection of teas that are either sublime single estate teas or teas we have blended in small batches. Like our breakfast tea or our vanilla pod infused Vanilla Mist. Each tea’s tastes and aromas are completely different but always very satisfying.

Our favourite weekend tea time after a busy week: Saturday brunch. Dippy boiled eggs and hot buttered sourdough toast soldiers (check out our favourite bread handmade by our favourite bakers – Hobbs House and Townmill Bakery), the papers and a teapot full of steaming Lahloo Breakfast tea!

To enjoy our breakfast tea, take 1 heaped teaspoon of leaves per person and brew with freshly boiled water for 3-4 mins. Add a splash of milk if you like, now sip and start your day as you mean to go on!

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