We love a great cup of tea here at Vintage Rose Catering. Depending on what you are eating should determine which blend and flavour of tea you drink, just like a good wine with a certain meal.
We can advice our guests what type of tea to drink with their afternoon tea if they wish.
Here is our simple guide based on the last 8 years of serving teas
To accompany our Lemon drizzle, Citrus loaf cakes, Orange cakes and all citrus bakes we usually choose Earl grey – a delicious blend of Bergamot and citrus undertones, it enhances every mouthful.
Whereas if you were enjoying a plain sponge say a madeira cake or an American pound cake a Darjeeling would be nice or a Breakfast blend.
Our afternoon tea blend is lovely alongside our carrot cakes or anything frosted and creamy based.
We stock over 15 regular teas and invite our visitors to taste these during their afternoon tea experience. As with a lot of things we often stick to a favourite but this is a great way of tasting new blends and enjoying ones that you wouldn’t necessarily have purchased before.
It’s well and truly summer at last and if you’ve done the barbecues and looking to offer a new type of party why not try our summer inspired afternoon tea parties. With freshly prepared food and everything including bunting, table cloths and delicate china we will bring everything you need to stage the perfect summertime event why not get the garden cushions out or if you want we can bring our lovely picnic blankets to scatter on the lawn too. Garden party tea party -£23.00 per person
A selection of tea or home-made summer cordials elderflower, traditional lemonades, raspberry punch.
Roast ham and mustard finger sandwiches
Strawberry, fresh mint and cucumber finger sandwiches
Rosemary scones with cream cheese and parma ham
Dark chocolate floral cake flavoured with violets
Elderflower and strawberry topped cake
Meringues infused with rosewater or lemon cream and a cupcake each Summer time party – £24 per person
Sweet iced mint tea or Jasmine teas
Prawn cocktail sandwiches
Sausage, apple and sage rolls
Honeyed figs and pecorino blinis
Salmon and pea tarts
Fresh fruits of the season platter
Elderflower and strawberry cake
Summer fruit fools in teacups and cupcakes
Other creative menus are available please see our afternoon tea party page
Our business is all about creativity, styling, great food and creating experiences. We offer a full complete service including dressing the venue with bunting; stylish table settings; beautiful china and of course all our delicious home-made produce. As we can offer all these services including service if required, you can rest assured everything will be taken care of, allowing you to relax and enjoy the day without all the work!
It is a great fun and enjoyable job, We love creating your special event and feel each booking is so special, so enjoyable, it does not feel like work!
We often do not know what space we have to dress, as clients can book holidays in Derbyshire and The Peak District and are unsure of the space available. This is fine, we have dressed large buildings and small, we even set up on a kitchen work surfaces and put all the tea cups and china on a lovely window seat; this is the challenge, but when you have beautiful china whatever space you have it all looks so pretty and lovely when we have finished! We travel to holiday cottages, lodges, hotels, village halls, people’s houses, even vacant barns and outbuildings. We particularly love the ‘Surprise’ events we create, all the friends and family know, but the person(s) celebrating their birthday, engagement, hen party, anniversary or other event has/have no idea what is about to happen and the look on their faces of sheer delight and surprise is great for us to see. Often we have to set up, style and display all the food then leave and we miss that experience which is a shame, but on the occasions where we do stay, we are so happy to see the reactions when the person(s) returns! This happened last weekend when we took our afternoon tea parties to Center Parcs and set up the outside and inside of the lodge. Sue, the ‘Hen’ had joined her friends and family for the Hen weekend and half of the party had gone for a walk, then returned to find our surprise tea party! Sue will be getting married in less than 3 weeks now. We wish her and her partner the very best. Here are a few photographs of the day
Fed up with all this wintry weather? At the end of this month it will be the first day of Spring, Hurray at last, we cannot wait. Dreaming of warmer weather, brighter days, longer nights and living the dolce vita or in the United Kingdom being able to stay outside in the garden or the countryside for longer is just on the horizon. It’s a great time to get the picnic basket down from the attic, get baking, fill it up, pop the rug in the back of the car and off you go! For anyone that loves the great outdoors this is the start of the year the first picnic a time for celebration and great times to come.
Whatever your baking skills get out and about and enjoy yourselves, wrap up and take a waterproof rug and most important Enjoy!
Great places to have a picnic are:
By the river
On top of a hill or mountain (Picnic in your backpack advisable)
By the seaside
In your back garden with the kids
In a farmer’s field filled with lavender, poppies or corn (ask permission first)
For more ideas for your picnic food please take a look at our website