Behind The Blue Door

Forget jam tarts and cream teas. Enjoy food, drink, fashion and lifestyle inspiration that will make you fall in love with afternoon tea.

Food

Autumnal afternoon tea:
Embrace the seasonal flavours

Strawberry season is over but you can still bake an English afternoon tea, taking inspiration from autumn’s deep, rich harvest.

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Drink

One shot or two? Mr Lyan creates exclusive fruit tea cocktails for Wedgwood

Multi-award-winning bartender Mr Lyan has created a suite of exclusive cocktails based on Tea Garden, Wedgwood’s new range of fruit teas and teaware.

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Food

The flavour alchemist:
Inspiration from Paul A Young's surprising tea and chocolate pairings

This month’s International Chocolate Day reminds us to indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures – with a twist.

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Lifestyle

Print, pattern and mythical creatures:
How Kit Kemp's hotels seduced us

Has Kit Kemp created a new breed of hotel? We think so.

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Food

A rainbow at the table:
Pair your favourite fruit tea with these sweet treats

Britain is becoming a nation of fruit tea lovers – and that’s inspiring a new style of afternoon tea.

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Lifestyle

Cultural cafés:
Our 7 favourite places for coffee, cake and the arts

Which galleries and museums have the best cafes? Here’s our pick – including a few of our own unofficial pairings

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Food

Peter Rabbit™ cupcakes, Squirrel Nutkin flapjacks and bunny ears:
Enchant the little ones with our Beatrix Potter afternoon tea

Love Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit and Squirrel Nutkin? You’ll adore our afternoon tea ideas, inspired by Beatrix Potter, born 150 years ago this month.

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Food

Plate expectations: Secrets of Chatsworth’s new Wedgwood afternoon tea

An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how Wedgwood and Chatsworth inspired each other in their latest venture.

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Drink

Way of tea:
The Japanese tea ceremony

Secrets of the tea ceremony – and how to create your own version at home.

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Lifestyle

Al fresco afternoons:
The UK's best outdoor dining experiences

Inside out: Grasp the English summer with these outdoor dining experiences – or bring the experience home with Wedgwood’s botanical collections.

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Food

Strawberry pickings:
the finest berry recipes for afternoon tea

Celebrate the return of summer fruit with these three recipes and Wedgwood’s iconic Wild Strawberry collection.

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Drink

Tea for all seasons:
go beyond the breakfast blends

Whether you’re feeling upbeat or blue, there’s a tea for every mood.

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Food

Chatsworth and Wedgwood:
English icons team up for afternoon tea

Is Chatsworth’s new venture the most quintessentially English afternoon tea in the world?

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Food

Butterfly Bloom:
Afternoon tea inspiration with a twist

All the smartest restaurants are designing dishes to complement their tableware. It’s not as tricky as you might think – we’ve put together a gorgeous afternoon tea to complement the Butterfly Bloom range. Just add friends.

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Food

Choux, biskies & pimped-up éclairs:
meet the new cupcakes in town

Mad about choux: we chat to the award-winning pastry chefs taking luxurious self-indulgence to the next level.

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Lifestyle

Muse you can use:
How to be your own creative inspiration

Three creative powerhouses carving their own inspirational journeys to success.

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Lifestyle

China Tea:
The Langham’s new afternoon tea with Wedgwood

Cherish Finden at the Langham, London this week launched a fresh new version of the popular afternoon tea inspired by Wedgwood. We were lucky enough to try it…

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Home

Rock my afternoon tea:
Rock My Wedding's top three tea party themes

From Northern Italy to the subtropics, these afternoon tea themes are the perfect excuse to add spring colour to your table.

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Lifestyle

Twilight tea:
evening tea parties at the bottom of the garden

Tea is for anytime, not just the afternoon. String up some fairy lights, lay out a blanket and serve twilight tea against a backdrop of twinkling stars.

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Lifestyle

Taking tea with the bride-to-be

Planning a bridal shower is a labour of love – this tea party guide is all you need for a charming celebration.

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Food

New classics:
Teatime savouries with a twist

Cakes and pastries tend to steal the limelight – it’s time to discover the new savoury recipes gracing the tea table.

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Fashion

Florals for grown ups:
new ways to wear blooms

What’s fresh? Take a new garden state of mind with our pick of the most directional floral pieces on the market.

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Home

Charming chintz:
the quintessential English trend making a comeback

Time to celebrate the resurgence of chintz, print, pattern and updated nostalgia.

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Travel

Cafe Iconic:
Five of the world's most beautifully-designed cafes

Pack your suitcase: these Instagram-worthy cafes in far flung places should be on everyone’s must-visit list.

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Food

Magical elixir:
why bone broth is the new beauty staple

Restorative, skin-boosting & delicious: why the fashion world is swapping green smoothies for nutritious broth.

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Drink

Home brews:
Delicious drinks to bottle at home

Make this the year you capture the seasons by bottling cordials and other soft drinks at home.

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Food

Let them eat cake:
Discover the secrets of the Pont St. restaurant ‘Marie Antoinette’ afternoon tea

Executive chef Sophie Michell shares her inspiration – and one of her favourite recipes – from her indulgent afternoon tea.

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Home

Revisit the Grand Tour of Europe – on home shores

Following the classic itinerary of the Grand Tour, we’ve selected our favourite objects of desire from the upper crust of the continent.

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Home

Baking battles:
Aga vs high tech

Which ovens deliver the best bake? We look into the pros and cons of the beloved Agas and their hi-tech equivalents.

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Fashion

Fresh faced:
The best summer make up for 2016

From robin egg blue to delicate peach, this season is all about colour. We pick our favourites from the runway.

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Drink

Step aside Chablis:
eight English vineyards to watch

Can you pick out a Cornwall Pinot Noir from a cheap pretender? It’s time to celebrate our home-grown wineries.

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Lifestyle

All in the detail:
how to turn your afternoon tea party into Instagram gold

A great photograph is never a fluke – it’s all in the detail. A professional photographer shares the secrets of how to give your afternoon tea party supreme styling.

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Food

Afternoon tea reinvented by
our favourite foodie Instagrammers

Those perfectly-framed Instagram food pictures don’t just look delicious – they’re pushing the flavour boundaries too. Discover our edit of the best tea time treats on our feed.

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Food

Five-a-day bakes:
Are vegetable-based cakes and sweets just for health freaks?

Veggie-powered baking isn’t just about carrot cake – experiment with avocado, courgette and beetroot, with a little help from our favourite foodie bloggers.

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Lifestyle

Fantasy book club:
who would you invite?

Here’s food for thought: you can invite anyone (living or dead) to your book club. Who’s on your list?

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Food

Secrets from the bakery:
a favourite recipe shared

Love your loaf: secrets from the bakery and a recipe for the perfect rustic cob.

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Food

Creative inspiration:
When the Langham met Wedgwood

Discover the story behind the Langham’s Wedgwood afternoon tea – and recreate the experience in your own home with our exclusive recipe.

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Food

Sketching out a fresh vision of afternoon tea

Some call it mad, some call it magical. Is sketch the UK’s best place to take afternoon tea? Plus our selection of the other contenders to the crown.

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Drink

Forget the cucumber:
Afternoon tea gets a modern makeover

Adored by vintage aficionados, the enduring charm of afternoon tea is its versatility. As an alternative, plan a tea party with a modern aesthetic.

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Lifestyle

From Laura Mvula to Ella Eyre:
Soulful sounds to soothe your guest's ears

Don’t worry about the music, this collection of tunes will give your afternoon tea an injection of feel-good soul, leaving you free to focus on the baking.

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Lifestyle

Move over Grayson:
The UK's new pottery heroes

Following the Great Pottery Throw Down, we look at the new ceramic talents emerging from the studio.

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Lifestyle

It’s fete:
Reviving the quirkiest English traditions

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Have you heard of these peculiarly British events?

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