Why our customers love what we do at Powder Butterfly

I wanted to share a little bit about my background with you all because this will help you understand why my customers are so important to me. In my late teens and early twenties, I used to work in retail. I worked for a well known high street fashion brand and a well known high street music store. And I loved it. I loved serving customers and making sure that they left the store happy. I realised from an early age that when I went into shops sometimes I received really bad customer service. And I would often think about what I would do differently. When I had my two retail jobs I realised that I could use this experience and I could really help change people’s experience when they went out to the shops.

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Unique Corporate Gift, Awards and Bespoke Product Design Ideas – Perfect for ANY Occasion.

Did you know that Powder Butterfly offers a wide range of corporate gifts and other bespoke products? That’s right, the same company that has brought you an extensive selection of uniquely British items from local brands, also offer a beautifully curated selection of specialty items that are perfect for all of your corporate gift giving needs. And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill corporate gifts that typically end up in a drawer somewhere. Our range of corporate gift items and bespoke products are high quality, professionally designed gifts, perfect for showing your appreciation or to commemorate a new partnership with a client or vendor.

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High Quality Bespoke Corporate Gift And Award Services

When you choose Powder Butterfly’s corporate gifts and bespoke products, you are not only getting the highest quality products available, but you are getting award-winning artwork created exclusively for your needs. Using our iconic landmarks or a custom tailored design suited to your company’s heritage, background, even your location. Whatever design you need, our team of artisan crafters can make it happen.

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At Powder Butterfly, we have made it our mission to create the type of corporate gifts that will be displayed with pride, not tucked away somewhere. Your clients and colleagues are sure to love the gifts they receive and cherish them for many years to come.

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Uniquely British Items

Every product we sell at Powder Butterfly is British made and sold through British owned companies right here in the UK. If we do happen to outsource any products, we ensure that every item is hand selected by us and that the companies we choose are ethical and responsible employers, and that they are committed to carbon neutral shipping methods.

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Individual Personalisation

A selection of our uniquely British corporate gifts are available individually personalised with names, dates, quotations or messages to make the recipient feel extra special.

Quality, Selection And Value

Powder Butterfly’s corporate gifts and bespoke products offer quality, selection and value and you will find a gift designed to suit any occasion and any budget. When you need a corporate gift for an event or award ceremony, choose Powder Butterfly and experience the difference our quality, selection and value can make for you today.

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Contact Powder Butterfly

To learn more about the benefits of shopping locally, contact Powder Butterfly today and shop a wide selection of uniquely British items and more!

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7 Interesting Places to Visit this Christmas in the UK

Christmas is an important season to take time of your busy schedule, relax and reflect on the year that has been. It’s also a great time to do some shopping as nearly all major stores offer discounts and end of years sales aimed at clearing the stock in the preparation for the New Year. This means that you have a season packed with activities whether visiting interesting places or going shopping.

If you live in the UK there are literary hundreds of places you can visit this Christmas season. To help you make a choice we have selected seven of the most interesting places you should visit this festive season.

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Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the largest German Christmas market in the United Kingdom.  If you want to enjoy German themed food, drinks and gifts this is the market you should visit. It’s a great place for the whole family as there are many fun events and foods that you will enjoy as you spend quality time with your loved ones.

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  • Fortnum & Mason

If visiting a Christmas market is not your thing then you will love stepping into Fortnum & Mason for your Christmas shopping. Here you will enjoy the old British traditional Christmas shopping charm. After you are done with your shopping then you can step into the elegant team room to relax and enjoy a cup of tea.

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  • Bar Hutte Carol-oke

If you live in London, Manchester or Liverpool this is one place you must be this Christmas.  You can book a Hutte for two hours to enjoy the cozy inside with hot water bottles and blankets. In addition you get to indulge in stone baked pizzas.

  • Fenwick’s

If you want to shop for luxurious fashion items and beauty accessories then this is the place to be. Located along Bond Street, Fenwick’s offers you an opportunity to discover the latest fashion trends, buy world famous brands and discover luxurious beauty products and accessories.

  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular

The Thursford Christmas spectacular is by far the most amazing Christmas show in the whole of Europe. If you love Christmas shows then this is the place to be with your whole family.  It’s made up of a three hour variety show designed in such intricate ways to wow the crowed. Not matter your age you will love this show.

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  • Harrods

This is another British shopping icon that offers you an opportunity to shop for luxury items this Christmas. It has over 300 departments that sell exclusive items that range from beauty products to tech gadgets.  There are also restaurants where you can relax and enjoy your time sampling the very best British delicacies.

  • Padstow Christmas Festival

If you love sampling food then this Christmas festival is for you! There will be over 60 chefs demonstrating cookery techniques and this means a lot of food to be sampled. Furthermore there’ll also be a new wine theatre. If you want to try out wine speed testing then this is the place to be.

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Shop for British inspired Gifts

If all you want to do is shop for British inspired and made Christmas gifts then get in touch with Powder Butterfly. We have a wide range of artistically designed gifts that you will love. The gifts feature iconic landmarks such as the Gherkin, the Lion of Trafalgar Square and the London Eye among many others.

Powder Butterfly Holiday Shopping Guide 2019

The holidays are officially here and if you are like many holiday shoppers, you are busy trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list. This can be one of the most challenging things about the holidays, that is, unless you make it a point to shop exclusively for British made products. Then you will find a wide range of unique and beautiful items, each one perfect even for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

If you are doing your festive shopping and need the best selection of British made gifts available, keep reading as we share some of our favourites products. Let’s get started:

Powder Butterfly Holiday Shopping Guide 2019

London Tea For One Set (Gold)- perfect for the tea lover, our London Tea For One Set is a British designed and made fine bone china mug and teapot which features beautiful gold detailing and a London skyline.

Chopping Board – London (Small)- British Designed and Made, our lovely Chopping Board – London (Small) is made from Individually hand cut Sapele Wood. It features many iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Lions, The Shard, The London Eye and the Gherkin.

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York Luxury Apron- our stylish York Luxury Apron was designed to help keep you clean while showing off your culinary skills. Its stylish and bold design on 100% cotton features some of York’s most iconic landmarks.

Farne Islands (Puffin) Mug- if you are looking for the perfect mug for your morning coffee or tea, our Farne Islands (Puffin) Mug just might be it. Made of fine bone china with a beautifully designed image of Puffins all stood in a row.

Luxury London Bag- this 100% cotton, British designed and made Luxury London Bag features many iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard, The London Eye and the Gherkin.

York Tea Towel- featuring some of York’s most famous landmarks including Minster, Clifford’s Tower, The Shambles and Holgate Mill, our York Tea Towel is 100% cotton and can be machine washed.

Contact Powder Butterfly

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Powder Butterfly Blog – Women in business

Women in Business is something that we are immensely passionate about here at Powder Butterfly, and more specifically, entrepreneurial women who operate in the North East of England.

In this blog we are excited to share the profiles of businesswomen who we have had the pleasure in working with or have inspired Powder Butterfly over the years.

We are also delighted to have gained insight from two of the North East’s leading businesswomen, read on to hear about their success, how they got there, and what they would tell their younger selves.

Make it British – Katie Hills

Kate Hills is on a mission to help businesses find more customers to enable UK Manufacturing to thrive again. She set up Make It British in 2011 to pursue this passion and has not looked back!

Katie works closely with businesses who share her passion offering her expert advice and championing everything British. We have recently recorded a podcast with Katie, listen to ‘From Artist to Bespoke Gift Business’ here.

Powder Butterfly are proud Make it British members and all of our products are made right here in the UK. And you can listen to the recent podcast that we did for Make it British here.

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Ann English

Ann English is Creative Business Coach royalty here in the North East. Ann is the expert in overcoming obstacles and driving businesses forward and has helped to transform business ideas into reality for over 25 years, she even invented the Metrognomes!

Ann is often referred to as the ‘Mary Portas of the North’ due to her wealth of experience and skill I business coaching.

Ann has very kindly shared some of her experience with us, read on to find out what she would tell her younger self!

Trend Bible – Joanna Feeley

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Another business which we are inspired by is Trend Bible, created by Joanna Feeley, a former trend consultant to Nokia and Tesco. Joanna is hugely respected in her industry and is regularly cited by the Independent, Radio 4, and The Financial Times!

Trend Bible are located in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and their passion is in helping businesses to predict the future of life at home, how it will impact their organisation, and the key to capitalising on that opportunity. They work with international clients and Joanna has built a business that is dynamic, exciting and in our opinion one to watch.

The Cambridge Satchel Company – Julie Deane

Although they are not based within the North East, The Cambridge Satchel Company is another start-up business which I cannot help but admire.

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Their beautiful satchels are inspired by the British schoolbag from years gone by which have been reimagined into stunning satchels in a range of sizes and styles. What’s more all of their products are crafted here in the UK.

Julie Dean and her mother Freda started The Cambridge Satchel Company from their kitchen table with a budget of just £600, proving that with the right amount of determination and eye for a gap in the market, anything is possible.

We can’t help but be inspired by Julie Deane and The Cambridge Satchel company as it is so much like many small independent businesses run by women in the UK. And it gives us an example of a great idea being transformed into a successful business. And here at Powder Butterfly we love celebrating and championing independent business success.

Rosie Ramsey

Rosie Ramsey is an actress, presenter, Radio DJ, Live host, singer, Vlogger and Instagram star. Who is married to Chris Ramsey who is currently going great guns on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. We love that he is in the semi-final and wish him all the best for this weekend.

Rosie and Chris present the hugely popular podcast, Sh**ged Married Annoyed, Our favourite episode of the Sh**ged Married Annoyed podcast has to be Found a good Chew where Alexa puts Rosie through her paces. Have a listen if you don’t have a giggle we will be very surprised.

Rosie also co-hosted drive-time on Capital Radio North East, sharing her humorous anecdotes and wit with the North East public during their daily commute. Rosie shows you how it’s done on Instagram with her likeable, authentic and hilarious personality. Rosie also has a beautiful singing voice and she is an amazing performer. We can’t wait to see what Rosie does next she is so talented and such a great Mam to Chris and Rosie’s little by Robin.

Culture Vulture – Rachel Horton

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Culture Vulture explores and celebrates everything great about culture from across the North East. The blog was created and is managed by the lovely and very ambitious, Rachel Horton, who has also personally contributed to this blog a little further down, so be sure to read on!

Culture Vulture supports and promotes local artists, events, creatives, festivals, and businesses to make sure everyone knows exactly what is going on in the North East and uncovering hidden gems along the way. Make sure you check out her blog.

She is also running an event in 2020 exploring blogging and influencing, and has recently announced Rosie Ramsey as one of her guest speakers. Interested in attending? Check it out here.

So, we were curious to find out what these amazing women tell their younger selves if they had the opportunity? We picked the brains of Ann English and Rachel Horton. This is what they had to say…

Ann English

People always ask you from a young age “what do you want to be when you grow up?” As a young child we dream big with “Ballet Dancer,” “Astronaut,” or “Vet” all achievable goals. 

However, ask a teenager the same question and they often feel lost without a clear focus, these dreams have died. They get stressed just thinking about it if they don’t have any idea what they would like to do. 

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My advice is don’t worry, because the job you will do, your dream job, may not have been invented yet!

For 25years I designed Christmas Displays and Santa’s Grottos for all of the major shopping centres in the UK. A few years earlier, when I was at Art College, The MetroCentre which was the first of its kind in the UK, hadn’t been built. I then went on to invent The Metrognomes – prior to that they didn’t exist. 

In 2005 I founded my own business ‘Charlie’s Chocolate Factory’ when I wanted something different for my 40th Birthday party. I spotted a chocolate fountain on an American website and said to my husband “WOW, I’ve got to have one of those!” I’d never seen one in real life as they were very new to the UK, so we bought one, created an events company and became a ‘Chocolatier‘ being paid to go to other people’s parties. 

I’ve since founded two specialist visual communications companies –  Create Intrigue and The Visual Marketing Academy™. I‘ve developed the Vision Mapping process, creating VisionTrees™ and SignatureSystems™, and I also train SMEs on Visual Merchandising techniques which I’ve brought up to date with the digital era. Again, none of these things existed a few years ago. 

I’ve had an amazing dream career; who knew I’d end up working for the Big 3 – Santa Claus, Willy Wonka and Mickey Mouse!

So my advice is this, if you don’t know what you want to be… don’t worry. That is a brilliant and exciting place to start. Your life will evolve and your dream career will one day appear, as it may not have been invented… yet. 

Rachel Horton, Owner of Culture Vulture

The Culture Vulture is a Northern cultural champion and creative adventurer – passionate about creative people and indie happenings in the region. SO much so, I’ve made a business out of it. As The Culture Vulture, I do everything from Marketing strategy development and implementation, PR, audience development, cultural programming, event management, project management, social media management, content creation…. and I led on my own projects and happenings too as The Culture Vulture. 

The Culture Vulture started as an idea and it’s developed from the people and projects I’ve been involved in. It’s been a labour of love – a mega labour of love. I’ve carved out my own niche in the cultural sector and I get a buzz off giving a platform to those to champion themselves, especially those who don’t really have a platform but are hidden gems – doing mint things. 

My future plans are all about growth in terms of project ambitions and client base – I’m trying to figure out if I want to keep it just me with freelance support around me or whether, I want to have a small team around me of employees. 

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I’ve just hosted a mental health event at the Thought Foundation for freelancers and self-employed. It was small but perfectly formed and it’s an area I’m super passionate about

developing and working on as an independent. That event proved to me that there is a traction there and I’m excited to be developing it into a project in 2020. 

My next big event is on 6th February at Gosforth Civic Theatre – it’s called “Influencing in 2020” and is basically a social media “conference”. I started running these years ago, as I was sick of lush events happening down South and costing fortune – I’m all about the thriving and vibing North and keeping it mega accessible on ticket price.

I can’t reveal all my speakers just yet – but I’m interviewing Rosie Ramsey. Rosie is lush – has such a brilliant Insta account and podcast – so this year, i knew I just wanted her to come and chat about keeping it real on social!

She really proves my ethos of being your authentic self on social – imperfectly perfect and creating real connections with folks. She’s hilarious! I’ve also got The Slow Traveler speaking – who is also a local lass! Carolyn has got 223k followers on Instagram and her account is beaut. I first became aware of her when she faked a trip on social media to Disneyland Paris as her Sunderland University photography project – it went viral globally and was also an excellent nod to how “influencers” really “curate” their own truth! Check out the event and get tickets here

What advice would I give to my younger self?

Stop striving to be like everyone else and desperately trying to fit in…….have confidence to walk on your own path! And stop trying to be a version of yourself that your parents want – you will never match their conventional expectations and that’s ok. #takeawalkonthewildside 

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The Benefits Of Shopping Locally

There has been a movement recently here in the UK in which consumers are beginning to shop locally again. I say again because long before the introduction of the supermarket and warehouse shopping became popular, people everywhere would go to their local markets and high street shops to purchase the things they needed. Everything from clothing and home goods, to hardware, crafts and more were purchased this way and we got high quality products and unmatched service every time we shopped. We counted on local businesses to have what we needed, when we needed it.

     With the introduction of these large retail shopping centres, many local businesses had to close up shop. While many of the products being sold at these retailers were imported from overseas and weren’t as high of quality as you would find locally, the prices were low and that is what attracted many buyers. Another drawback that came along with shopping with these large retailers is that buying imported goods increased the carbon footprint of both the retailer and the buyer.

     Still, there were, and still are, many benefits to shopping locally and we are going to take a look at some of them now.

6 Benefits Of Shopping Locally

Improve The Local Economy- when you shop your local vendors, you are putting your money right back into the local economy. If everyone in your community shopped locally, the entire community would thrive. This is because every time you spend money with a local creative business, that money goes back into the community whenever that retailer purchases something local as well. Local independent businesses depend on your purchases to feed their families and send their children off to uni. Additionally, many of the local creative businesses are selling products that you will often find copied by much larger retailers who are only looking to make a profit and they don’t care who they are taking their money from. In short, shop locally and buy the original.

Improved Lifestyle- shopping for local meats, dairy and produce are not only a good way to support local farms, but it can also improve your family’s health and well-being. It can also help reduce many food and environmental allergies. And, when you receive a gift of a high quality, unique Made In Britain item, you will know that some thought went into that gift and you will feel even more special. What’s more, the homeware found at many of your local independent retailers can help you achieve a personalised look for your home that reflects your inimitable personality.

Reduced Carbon Footprint- when you shop locally and purchase products that are Made In Britain, you are reducing your overall carbon footprint as these products are both made and sold locally, without being imported from overseas which can cause more pollution than necessary. Buy locally made products with the Made In Britain logo and get higher quality products along with better value for your money.

Better Customer Service- when shopping online, you rarely get to talk to an actual person, and when you do, the service leaves a lot to be desired. Shopping locally means that you get to talk to the retailer and the service is typically much better in person. The local business owner also has a lot more riding on that sale so they will make sure that their staff is always putting the needs of the customer first.

Know The People Behind The Product- shopping locally ensures that you meet the person you are buying from. You get more personalised service and you begin to build better customer/retailer relationships.

Make Your Community One-Of-A-Kind- there are many benefits to shopping locally which have a direct effect on the local community, but shopping locally also indirectly affects local commerce. When you shop locally, you make your community one-of-a-kind and that can draw tourists as they search for unique British-made goods.

Shop Local, Shop British

     Based in Newcastle, North East England, Powder Butterfly is a locally owned and operated business focused on offering a wide range of unique, British made goods. Powder Butterfly also carries a collection of exclusive items lovingly designed by our founder Corinne Lewis-Ward.

     As a proud member of Make It British, Powder Butterfly has created a custom curated range of products, each hand selected for their quality and value. We work hard to ensure that every product we carry is designed and manufactured right here in Britain so our customers know that when they shop with us, they are always getting the real deal!

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     To learn more about the benefits of shopping locally, contact Powder Butterfly today and shop a wide selection of uniquely British items and more!

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Newcastle Restaurant Week | 5 Restaurants You Must Visit!

From Monday 5 August – Sunday 11 August, the highly anticipated (at least for us here in the North East!) NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is back!

For those of you in the know, start preparing your appetites now for the wide range of delicious and innovative dishes being cooked up by some of the area’s finest chefs. For those who don’t know what NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is, you are in for a treat!

For one week only, you can forget about counting calories and throw your diet out the window as you will be dining on some of the North East’s finest local cuisine. Everything from vegetarian or vegan dishes, decadent cheeseburgers and Japanese noodles, to spicy Indian curries, unparalleled sweets, roast dinners and more, will be available at this bi-annual Newcastle foodie event!

Grab your favourite Newcastle Landmarks T-Shirt and let’s take a look at some of the restaurants that will be featured at the August Newcastle Restaurant Week:


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Dabbawal – Dabbawal is an Indian street food kitchen offering a wide range of spicy curries, as well as their popular butter chicken and Malai Tikka. Rated the UK’s Best Casual Dining Restaurant and earning two British Curry Awards 2015, 2017, Dabbawal is offering a 2 course restaurant week special for only £15.

Broad Chare – a local favourite pub, the Broad Chare offers typical pub fare, proper pints and some of the best home-cooked food you will find in the North East. With a restaurant week special offering 2 courses for £15, you can try their famous Warm Onion Tart or rich and hearty Duck Leg.

Chaophraya – for the best Thai chicken tacos, chicken spring rolls and Pad Thai in the North East, give Chaophraya Newcastle a try. With views out to Grey’s Monument and an unbeatable restaurant week special, what’s not to like?

Lola Jeans – Lola Jeans offers casual dining in Newcastle at its finest! With local favourites including Salt and Pepper Calamari, Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, and of course, their famous gourmet burgers.

3 courses for only £15 during restaurant week, you should definitely make lunch at Lola Jeans your first stop while shopping for unique British treasures!

Pleased To Meet You – Pleased To Meet You is located inside one of Newcastle’s most historic buildings which have been converted into a modern gin and draft house. With their restaurant week special, 3 courses for only £15, you can try some of the unique menu items Pleased To Meet You has to offer.

NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week is extremely popular so booking in advance is advisable, you can find a list of participating restaurants, deals, and their Restaurant Week menus here.

Remember your visit to Newcastle and make your experience that little bit more special with one of our luxury gifts, inspired by the landmarks of ‘the Toon’. See our full collection.

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How To Host The Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party

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There is nothing more decidedly British than afternoon tea. It’s a chance for friends to relax during the day, catch up, gossip and just enjoy each other’s company with a refreshing cup of tea and a selection of sweet treats. In fact, we don’t even need a special occasion to throw an afternoon tea party. From celebrating an engagement or birthday, holding a bridal or baby shower, or, just because it’s the afternoon.

If you want to take it to the next level and host the ultimate British afternoon tea garden party, keep reading and let Powder Butterfly, the UK’s leading supplier of beautiful British-themed gifts crafted in England, share with you some tips that will help you do just that!

How To Host The Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party

Traditionally, afternoon tea is served from mid to late afternoon and will include a tantalising assortment of finger sandwiches, pies and quiche, scones with jam, as well as a wide variety of cake, biscuits, and of course, tea. Let’s take a look at some of the things you will need to take your next afternoon tea to the next level.


The Basics:

Table Setting – set the table with your finest decorative summer-themed plates, bowls and silver. Your teapot and teacups (yes, there should be many) should offer at least 2-3 different types of tea. Set all of this all over the top of a white tablecloth, add a summery flower bouquet or two and your table is ready.

More On Your Teas – you want to brew a variety of teas, and of course, they should be served in decorative teacups. Choose loose leaf as well as bagged teas and don’t be afraid to offer hot chocolate, coffee or even champagne. While it is a classic tea party, you want to offer your guests options. Don’t forget to accompany your tea selection with cream, sugar and lemon slices.

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When selecting tea for your ‘Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party’, skip the everyday stuff you found at your local grocer and choose something special. There are many local tea suppliers in Newcastle, London or Yorkshire that carry a wonderful selection of British teas. We like Mrs. Pumphreys Curious Leaves and The London Tea Exchange, but you should find a tea shop that you like as well.

Napkins And Doilies – what ultimate British afternoon tea garden party would be complete without a classic assortment of napkins, tea towels and doilies? Choose classic colours and avoid napkins with patterns.

Three-Tiered Cake Stand – a three-tiered cake stand is the perfect display. Choose a fancy one that will only add to the luxurious look of your afternoon tea party.

Dress Up – dress up a bit for your ‘Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party’ and don’t forget to throw on a pretty apron to keep your outfit clean and free from those embarrassing jam spills.


The Food

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Your ‘Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party’ should include a wide selection of food choices. When you think you have too many options, add a couple more!

Scones – what would an afternoon tea be without scones? Offer a selection of flavours and don’t forget the jams.

Try this recipe for Cheshire Cheese and Walnut Scones:

Ingredients:

  • plain flour 500g, plus more for dusting
  • baking powder 1 heaped tbsp
  • cold butter 160g, cubed
  • walnuts 60g, toasted and chopped
  • strong Cheshire cheese 100g, plus more for sprinkling and serving
  • eggs 2, beaten
  • buttermilk 200ml, plus more for brushing

Method:

  • Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas.
  • Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the baking powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Rub the cold butter cubes into the flour with your fingertips until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Add the walnut pieces and the crumbled cheese and mix into the flour.
  • Stir in the eggs and buttermilk until it just comes together and forms a soft dough.
  • Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and gently pat the dough with your hands until it’s roughly 3cm thick.
  • Using a 6cm ring cutter, cut as many scones as you can. Press straight down with the cutter, don’t twist as this will stop the scones from rising well.
  • Lift the scones onto a non-stick baking sheet and brush the tops with more buttermilk, then sprinkle with a little more crumbled cheese.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until risen and golden. Eat straight away with butter, more cheese and some pickle.

Finger Sandwiches – tiny finger sandwiches are making a comeback to afternoon tea parties throughout England. Serve yours on a variety of different breads cut into small rectangles or triangles and don’t forget to remove the crusts.

Biscuits- tea and biscuits, biscuits and tea, you can’t have one without the other. Be sure to add a selection of shortbread biscuits to keep it classically British.

Sweet Treats – serve your guests a wide selection of sweets including sponge cakes, fruit bars, berries and cream and more. This is where you can really go over the top!

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Summer Cocktail- you could even serve a summertime cocktail at your ‘Ultimate British Afternoon Tea Garden Party’ such as a Pimm’s or a Twinkle which is a champagne cocktail inspired by Downton Abbey, which includes champagne, elderflower cordial and vodka.

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A Taste Sensation – Geordie Food & Drink That You Have to Try

Here in Newcastle, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink. From Michelin starred restaurants to quirky British street food stalls, there is something for everyone. With so much choice it can be a challenge to sort the best of the best from the ordinary. That’s why we have created this helpful article that showcases the best of what Newcastle (and the North East) has to offer.

The Best Burger in Toon: The Fat Hippo

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Fat Hippo is in a league of its own when it comes to finding the ultimate burger in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Located in a subterranean vault you could be forgiven for thinking that you were dining in ultra-trendy Shoreditch, London. Over the years Fat Hippo has earned cult burger-joint status amongst the Geordie nation, something which is not to be sniffed at when considering the plethora of gourmet burger outlets available across the city.

Here it is all about the burger, from their famous, succulent patties to the sweet brioche buns and skin-on chips, you will not leave disappointed.

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Newcastle’s Answer to Fine Dining: House of Tides

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House of Tides is Newcastle’s only Michelin starred restaurant, offering a casual fine dining experience with modern British cooking.

Born and bred geordie, Kenny Atkinson opened House of Tides back in 2014, breathing new life into a grade 1 listed former merchant townhouse on Newcastle’s stunning quayside.

House of Tides offers an experience which we believe all foodies should try. Although the fixed tasting menu might seem expensive, it is totally justified in the exquisite quality of the food, and you can see how much time and effort goes into developing each dish. There’s an appealing wine pairing to compliment and the service is second to none!

The Ultimate Sunday Lunch: Blackfriars

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Blackfriars is really is part of the furniture in Newcastle. It has been the North East foodie’s go-to Sunday Lunch eatery for what seems like forever, winning multiple awards including being crowned the best Sunday Lunch in Newcastle on more than one occasion.

Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s busy streets, punters can enjoy dining in a 13th century former medieval friary, which is believed to be the oldest dining room in the UK!

Alongside its low ceilings and age-old beams, Blackfriars serves up gutsy, traditional British food, created from top-quality produce from local farms. Their belly-busting Sunday Lunch certainly lives up to expectation and is the perfect prelude to a well earned Sunday afternoon kip!

Enjoy a Taste of History – Blackfriars

World-class Sweet Treats: The Brownie Bar

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The Brownie Bar has been supplying the streets of Newcastle with their trademark delicious brownies since 2010, growing into two stores, in Heaton and the other in Eldon Garden – one of the North East’s busiest shopping centres.

There are over 30 varieties to choose from with new flavours being developed all the time. The scrumptious brownies feature sweet treats such as Oreo, Nutella, peanut butter, and salted caramel amongst others, and they are perfectly paired with the impressive selection of milkshakes.

If you are looking for a top-quality, sweet treat to satisfy your cravings, you’ll struggle to beat the Brownie Bar.

“Bringing Gooey to Yooey!” The Brownie Bar

Afternoon Tea To Die For: The Running Fox

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Strictly speaking the Running Fox is not in Newcastle, but about 25 miles to the North slap-bang in the centre of Northumberland’s stunning countryside. Trust me, it is well worth the journey!

Afternoon tea is often a hard sell, especially to boyfriends and husbands. However, the Running Fox is a little bit different. From the tasty sandwiches and epic pies to the delicious wedges of cake you really will not be disappointed. The food is rustic and filling with portion sizes so generous that finishing it can be a challenge. Don’t worry though, the staff are quick to package any leftovers to enjoy later.

This quirky café should be placed right at the top of your ‘must visit list’, but make sure you book in advance, it’s extremely popular!

The King of Beers: Wylam Brewery

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If you have a thirst to quench, then you can do a lot worse than heading to Wylam Brewery. Set amongst one of Newcastle’s beautiful city centre parks, Wylam Brewery brought Exhibition Park’s Palace of Arts back to life. It had been derelict and beginning to decay.

The Wylam Brewery Tap Room is the envy of pubs and beer houses not only in the North East, but also right across the UK. There are 14 keg taps on the bar wall featuring the freshest beer around. From the 4.0% Gold Tankard through to the colossally strong 10% Imperial Macciato coffee porter there is something to tickle the taste buds of every punter. Don’t worry if you do not like beer, there’s a fantastic selection of small batch spirits and artisan wines to sample.

You are guaranteed to be met with a warm, buzzing atmosphere in a venue that plays host to some of the best musical entertainment to be found across the North East.

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Hidden Gems That You May Not Have Discovered On Your Last Trip To London

London is one of those cities that tends to stick with you even long after you have visited on holiday. Whether you visited London to see the ‘touristy’ attractions, or you wanted to experience what real life in one of the world’s greatest cities was like, London more than likely delivered, and then some. With so much to see and do in London, you might miss out on some of the best sites the city has to offer. From exclusive British products to authentic British food, London has everything you need to make your UK holiday memorable and exciting.

Let’s take a look at some hidden gems that you may not have discovered on your last trip to London and find some of the best that London has to offer:

Pie And Mash Shops– for a truly best of British experience while in London, you have to visit an authentic pie and mash shop. From the food to the atmosphere and the locals dining on jellied eels, London’s pie and mash shops are a must!

Camden Town– Camden Town is a popular hangout for London’s alternative culture and it provides a glimpse into a much more raw version of the city, With  tattoo parlours, dive bars, handmade jewellery and buskers filling the streets, you are sure to get a ‘Best of British’ experience when visiting this London neighbourhood.

The Thames Path– if you are looking for authentic British products, you will find them on the 40-mile-long Thames Path. Stretching alongside the Thames river, the Thames Path features a wide range of British pubs, food vendors and small shoppes.

Shop Powder Butterfly– if you are looking for a unique gift that is British made, shop the selection of products at Powder Butterfly. Founded by Corinne Lewis-Ward and with products exclusively made in Britain, Powder Butterfly’s collection of gifts and collectables features many of London’s most famous landmarks. Products can be personalised to your liking as well!

 Secret Cinema– the Secret Cinema is held in many different locations throughout London and it gives theatre lovers a semi-private showing of a popular film. Films are usually shown in abandoned warehouses, large outdoor stadiums and more.

Wilton’s Music Hall– when you think of London theatre, the images that come to mind for many are recreated in Wilton’s Music Hall. A completely restored Victorian-era music hall, Wilton’s offers a variety of performances and a beautifully designed Mahogany Bar where you grab a drink between sets.

Secret Bars– London has many underground bars that are known only to the locals. One of the best underground bars to visit in London is Callooh Callay, with its Alice-in-Wonderland theme (you actually enter through a Victorian wardrobe).

Notting Hill Carnival – This world renowned carnival is London’s biggest street party with over 2 million visitors each year. It features booming sound systems, colourful parades, and some of the best street food to be found anywhere in The Big Smoke. If you are visiting London in August, be sure to visit the streets of Notting Hill.

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To learn more about London and everything this incredible city has to offer, contact Powder Butterfly today and shop a wide selection of uniquely British items that will help you remember your trip.

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