Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Devonshire Tea.
Devonshire Tea are East Devon based producers of bespoke blended teas made with high quality, ethically sourced ingredients. Their range currently includes Classic Breakfast, their flagship blend of teas from Indian ethical estates, Earl Grey, a fragrant blend delicately scented with bergamot and Delightful Afternoon, a blend of bold Assam and delicate Darjeeling. We also stock their Blend Selection which is a collection of all three of these blends.
All of their teas are sourced from ethical estates monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
The majority of teabags are heat sealed with glue containing plastics and while these are not harmful to consume, they mean that the teabag is not compostable. In contrast the Devonshire Tea teabags are folded and ‘stitched’ closed.
Devonshire Tea products are available in catering foodservice cases of 200 individually wrapped teabags and retail cases containing six cartons of 20 individually wrapped teabags. The full range and more information is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/devonshire-tea/.
Here at Isca Foods we are proud supporters of keeping things local, after all some of the best things can be found on your own doorstep. This February half term why not take the kids to one of our many amazing local attractions where there’s plenty to keep them entertained and work off some of that boundless energy!
Set on the hillside above the pretty East Devon village of Beer Pecorama is home to the famous PECO Model Railway Exhibition and the Beer Heights Light Railway complete with fully operational miniature steam locomotives. The train line now runs for one mile around the park with spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. When the weather turns against you the Play Station – an indoor 3-storey soft play area – will definitely be a hit with the kids, it also boasts a lovely little café serving homemade cakes, traditional Devonshire cream teas and barista-style coffee which we’re sure will be more of a hit for you! Check out their website for opening times as well as special half term activities http://www.pecorama.co.uk/.
Greendale Farm Shop
Just off of the main Sidmouth Road outside Exeter this farm shop is a great way of getting the kids out of the house and engaging with farm animals this half term. As well as a thriving shop boasting fresh, locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables there are a host of pigs, sheep and chickens roaming the fields around the farm. After looking at all that local produce you may have worked up an appetite. Don’t worry there is a fantastic on-site café with an extensive menu showcasing the best the South West has to offer and catering to a range of tastes including vegetarian and gluten-free options. For more info and opening times visit their website here: https://www.greendale.com/.
Don’t worry we’ve not gone mad, we know it’s only February and much too cold to fully appreciate a dip in the sea, but Devon is home to some of the best beaches in the country so grab the bucket and spades and enjoy a fun-filled day out at your local beach. Many beach side attractions and, perhaps most importantly, beachfront cafés will be open for the half term trade so let the kids run off some steam while you warm up with a coffee and cake.
Whatever you do this week we hope you have a lovely half term!
Nothing is more calming after a full, stressful week than a hot cup of tea, sitting back in your favourite armchair and feeling your troubles melt away, perhaps with a slice of cake. Devonshire Tea is a small, independent company based in Axminster producing classic teas which are custom blended to their own recipes. We will be stocking their products from September and couldn’t resist telling you about them now.
In what can often be an overcrowded, fast moving market with constant re-imagining of exotic new flavours, Devonshire Tea’s ethos is good, simple classic teas blended to exceptional standards. At the moment they have four bespoke blends of high grade tea from India which are blended and packed in Devon.
Classic Breakfast is their flagship blend and brings together a bold Assam from India and a golden Ceylon from Sri Lanka for a perfectly balanced blend with superb depth of flavour.
Earl Grey is a fragrant blend of the same Assam and golden Ceylon but with the addition of delicately scented Bergamot.
Delightful Afternoon is a speciality blend of bold Assam from North East India and delicate Darjeeling from the Himalayan foothills resulting in a subtle, light and refreshing tea.
Single-origin Assam is a bold, full-bodied tea sourced from the region of North-East India from which it takes its name.
All of their teas are sourced from ethical estates monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership which protects both workers and the environment and in order to protect the environment further their teabags are also “stitched” rather than heat sealed. The impact of single use plastics has been widely reported recently and to reduce their own footprint, Devonshire Tea took on a different approach to sealing their teabags. The glue which is used by the majority of companies to seal them is made from a thermoplastic such as PVC or polypropylene which, although safe to consume, prevents the teabag from decomposing properly. In contrast Devonshire Tea fold the teabag paper and uses string to “stitch” it closed and attach the string.
All of their teas will be available in individual cartons and cases of six cartons for the retail sector, and cases of 200 for food service and catering. Check out their products on our website for more info!