The Whittard Blog

Whenever we have a moment, there’s nothing we like more than sitting with a pen and paper to hand and musing over some of our favourite things. Think of it as an ode to tea, coffee and cocoa…

21st July 2015 by Whittard

Iced Tea Cocktails: why stop at Long Island?

Summer’s been going for a while now and we’ve almost got used to not wearing socks and the joy of late summer evenings. And the best bit? Iced tea cocktails.

You’ll probably be well-acquainted with the Tea-Jay by now, our signature bit of kit for creating colourful cocktails. But 200 or so year ago, cocktails weren’t half so tasty. It all started with a horse…

Iced Tea Cocktails: why stop at Long Island?
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14th July 2015 by Whittard

Our Coffee Compass

Showing off your Cold Brew credentials is an immediate ticket into the coffee cognoscenti, not to mention the hallmark of hipsters nationwide. And the best thing? With our Contigo Mugs you can take your Cold Brew to go. Where will you be heading this summer?

Our Coffee Compass
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14th July 2015 by Whittard

What – Coffee? Cold?

In the heat of summer sometimes a steaming hot coffee just doesn’t have the same appeal as something fresh and icy. First, came frappés – great, but more about the sugar and cream than getting the best out of your beans. Then Cold Brew Coffee arrived on the scene…

What – Coffee? Cold?
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2nd July 2015 by Whittard

A Very Alice Tea Party

4 July marks the date that Alice first fell down the rabbit hole – the day that Lewis Carroll first told his story to Alice Liddell and her sisters by the banks of the River Thames near Oxford. It’s 150 years since the book was first published, and since then it’s never been out of print.

It goes without saying that this year 4 July deserves a rather special celebration. Over in Oxford, the whole town’s going batty for Alice – fancy dress is the order of the day, and you’ll see everything from Alice-themed punting to a street fight between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. If you can’t make it to Oxford, then how about hosting your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at home? All you need is a few simple ingredients….

A Very Alice Tea Party
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29th June 2015 by Whittard

Whittard at Wimbledon

So, will you be cruising in with a ticket or braving the queue? Watching from the comfort of your sofa or from the top of Murray Mound? Wherever you’re watching, you needn’t be without your Whittard fix. True, with the ban on tea flasks it’s a whole different ball-game – but check out our tips to get you through…

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22nd June 2015 by Whittard

Getting ready for Glasto?

Our offices are looking emptier than usual as people head off on the festival circuit – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be missing out on their daily Whittard fix – we’ve become rather used to tea, coffee and cocoa on tap. So, how to cope when camping? Here are a few tips...

Getting ready for Glasto?
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19th June 2015 by Whittard

When Alison met Alice

We’re celebrating 150 years since Lewis Carroll first published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When it came to creating a limited edition tea set to mark the occasion in style, we knew exactly who to call…

Alison Appleton is one of Britain’s leading designers of tableware, and we’ve been delighted to work with her to create our new150 years of Alice Collection. Since establishing her British Ceramic Design Studio in 1998 she’s worked with a number of international brands and fashion houses, and she draws her influences from all across the world – from the artisan techniques of ceramicists in China, Taiwan and Japan to childhood memories of her grandmother’s tea set. We met Alison over a cuppa to discuss her latest work. 

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15th June 2015 by Whittard

Father’s Day: our guide to inspiring sibling rivalry…

You know how a puppy isn’t just for Christmas? Well Father’s Day isn’t something you just celebrate briefly in the morning, with a cursory cuppa and a shoddily wrapped new pair of golfing socks. That’s what your siblings will be doing, so this is your chance to secure that role as father’s favourite. And there’s no better way to a father’s heart than food – topped off with a truly excellent cup of tea or coffee of course…

Here’s our tongue-in-cheek guide to a gourmet Father’s Day – each dad is different, so select your taste-pairings to suit his palate. Has he got a sweet tooth or is he more of an umami man?

Father’s Day: our guide to inspiring sibling rivalry…
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8th June 2015 by Whittard

All things ALICE

How are you at storytelling on demand? 150 years ago, three young girls demanded a story from the Oxford maths don who had accompanied them on a picnic by the banks of the River Thames. The don’s name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, and the story he told about 10 year old Alice became one of the most famous tales of all time. It all started when Alice spotted a white rabbit with pink eyes who appeared to be running late…

As we celebrate 150 years of Alice with our lovely limited edition tea set by Alison Appleton, here’s our round-up of our favourite Alice events happening around the country this summer. Whether it’s a game of flamingo croquet or something strange you saw at Glastonbury, we don’t want to miss a trick – send us a selfie if you’re attending any Alice events, or send us a link to add your suggestions to the list!

Image of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Opera Holland Park 2014. Photo Alex Brenner.

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1st June 2015 by Whittard

We've transformed our Covent Garden store...

Set across two floors in the heart of Covent Garden Market, we’ve transformed our famous store into a glorious full-scale Emporium.

When our founder Walter Whittard first flung open the doors to his little store on Fleet Street in 1886, customers flocked to try his astonishing range of tea, coffee and cocoa. Walter wasn’t averse to sharing a cuppa over the counter, and today we continue the tradition in true Whittard spirit at our Covent Garden store...

We've transformed our Covent Garden store...
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