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Afternoon Tea | May 12, 2016 |

Chatsworth and Wedgwood:

English icons team up for afternoon tea

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When it comes to historic English icons, Chatsworth House and Wedgwood are at the top of the tree.

Both have a long heritage of excellence, luxury and royal connections – and Wedgwood’s Barlaston headquarters are less than 40 miles away from the stately home. Small wonder then, that the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire turned to the tableware brand to supply all the tea and teaware for its new afternoon tea venue Flying Childers.

Wedgwood’s exuberant Butterfly Bloom and Daisy teaware collections have been chosen for the tea, which includes such indulgences as beetroot macaroon with goats curd, stilton with walnut scones and classic cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches (scroll down for the full menu).

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The new Flying Childers tea room has been created from Chatsworth’s stable block and, appropriately enough is named after the second duke’s legendary racehorse (1714 – 1741). The stallion was so successful, the duke received numerous approaches to buy him – one hopeful was even willing to pay the horse’s weight in gold.

Just a few years later, in 1759, Josiah Wedgwood established his company. The current Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, explained he sees the collaboration as a celebration of English heritage.

“Josiah Wedgwood began designing teaware collections in response to the fashion for drinking tea, which flourished from the mid 18th century and which we’re delighted to continue here at Chatsworth in the present day.”

Despite Wedgwood’s reputation as an English icon, its designers have always taken inspiration from exotic shores. Discover the latest global trends – and how Wedgwood has given them its own unique twist.

Click here to find out more about the Chatsworth tea – and to book your table.

The menu:

  • Beetroot macaroon and goats curd
  • A selection of finger sandwiches – smoked salmon and dill mayonnaise, roasted ham and tomato chutney, free range egg mayonnaise and cress, cucumber and cream cheese
  • Freshly baked duo of scones – stilton with walnut anda classic fruit scone served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream
  • A selection of cakes and fancies
  • All served with a pot of tea for one from a specially selected range of Wedgwood teas

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Image source: Chatsworth

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