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Tales and visits of a tea and cake enthusiast who enjoys the quintessentially British experience of an 'Afternoon Tea', Recipes, and Shopping for 'TEA''CAKES' and 'BISCUITS'.


Drunken Duck

In ‘The Week’ magazine Hotel of the week section ‘The Drunken Duck’ in Ambleside, Cumbria was voted their favourite in the 22nd February edition.

Set high above Ambleside, commanding dramatic views of the Lake District fells, the Duck stands at a crossroads, a traditional Lakeland dwelling, reflecting the simplicity, beauty and longevity of its natural environment. From these same fells, they draw not only the water for their beers brewed on site, but also the inspiration for their restaurant, which showcases the extensive range of quality produce that Cumbria has to offer.

Legend has it that the unofficial title dates back to Victorian years when a landlady of the Inn found her ducks lying stretched out in the road and concluded that they were dead.

Thriftily she began to pluck and prepare them for dinner. The ducks however, were "quick" and not dead. Down in the cellar a barrel had slipped its hoops and beer had gradually drained from the floor into the duck's customary feeding ditch. Thereupon the ducks made all too good use of their unexpected opportunity, with the result that when they came to they found themselves plucked and halfway to the oven.

According to local legend, the landlady, full of remorse for the rough treatment, provided the de-feathered birds with knitted waistcoats of Hawkshead yarn until their feathers grew back again.

Meanwhile back at the inn I could not agree more with ‘The Week’ on how fantastic this place is. Every time we go to the Lakes we either call for lunch and enjoy their sandwiches served "Famous Five" style wrapped in greaseproof paper, excellent after a long walk with a bowl of home made chips and a pint of one of Barngates own beers.

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The over 60s can enjoy free tea and biscuits at all Vue Cinemas' Senior Club screenings.

They are held in cinemas across the UK during off peak hours and feature films selected for a mature audience.


February 12th, 2014 10:05

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Have a drink on the Madison Hatter!

For your two FREE samples of Mad Hatter Tea, simply send a large 1st class stamped addressed envelope to the Mad Hatter Team. They will send you two luxury tagged Mad Hatter teabags by return.
To qualify simply send a Large 1st class stamped addressed envelope to:

The Mad Hatter Tea Company
Tudor Court
DL10 7GA

Please read their Terms and Conditions.

Having had so many requests from around the world, please ensure your stamped addressed envelope is sufficient to cover the cost of 100g in postage from the UK to wherever your destination is.


February 4th, 2014 02:04

Nutty Tarts

The Nutty Tarts was born when two great friends, Rachel and Deborah, decided to do something about this great void, and create a one-stop site where you could order any combination of traybakes, biscuits and lovely presents either for yourself (if you are feeling really naughty) or for friends and family.

Nutty Tarts

To brighten the one you love on Valentine's Day you could chose from either a heart shaped Fabulous Flapjack, all sticky golden syrup and soft buttery oats , or a Jammy Heart with its crispy shortbread base, sharp raspberry jam filling, sweet almondy frangipane and a sprinkling of toasted flaked almonds or even a gorgeous, indulgent and wickedly dark chocolate heart shaped Brownie all squidgy on the inside, totally delicious and topped with a drizzle of white chocolate for just £3.99 each (excluding p+p) also available in a Gluten Free version. They seriously say "You are the one for me!"

Nutty Tarts