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Great Taste 2015 announces new stars and The Kettle Shed is a winner !

Great Taste 2015 announces new stars and The Kettle Shed is a winner… with not one but two stars! 

The world’s largest blind-tasted food awards, Great Taste, has just released the Great Taste stars of 2015 and The Kettle Shed is amongst the producers celebrating as its Bang On Breakfast is now able to proudly carry the little gold and black Great Taste logo.

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Judged by over 400 of the most demanding palates belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, producers and a host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.  When a product wears a Great Taste label it carries a badge of honour but more importantly, the Great Taste logo is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product – hundreds of judges have worked tirelessly to discover the very best, through hours and hours of blind-tasting a total of 10,000 different foods and drinks.        


The Judges.

Were ecstatic to know that our Bang on Breakfast has been awarded the coveted Great Taste award! We entered this year because we know the pedigree of the judges, if they liked our tea and awarded us well it put’s us in good stead to know our tea is a great tasty addition to any hotel, cafe or deli!  This is what they said about our blend: “An interesting blend. Clean, bright liquor alive and with good, distinct flavours.”  On the 18th August we will be hosting a Great Taste tasting event at Detour cafe (135 Askew Rd, London W12 9AU) to showcase our tea to all between 12pm-6pm!


Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with branding and packaging ignored. Whether it is cheese, ale, steak or chutney being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.


The panel of judges included Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Campion, TV presenter and cook, Aggie Mackenzie, Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn, Masterchef the Professionals finalist, Adam Handling, food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer, and chefs including James Golding, Chef Director of The Pig hotel group, who have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the 2015 Top 50 Foods, the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the new 2015 Supreme Champion.

Date: 04/08/2015

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Welcome to The Shed Mill Bakery Acton!

Another welcome to The Kettle Shed family…. The Mill Bakery in Acton is a hidden away gem that we came across on a quick stop off in Poets corner in Acton. We had the best salty beef sandwich this side of London and their already amazing coffee range has now been added to with The Kettle Shed Tea!


The bakery is situated on 67 Churchfield Road London W3 6AX is petite with outside seating as well as an upstairs and a downstairs, the cafe is cool and chic to say the least with it’s bare brick walls and modern photo frames, however it has a warm atmosphere and you get greeted by Zivana and her sister who run the family Eatery  As you walk in you get a whiff of freshly made sandwiches,  as you get closer to the counter you see a rainbow of colours of the different ingredients that go into their fresh healthy sandwiches.


The bakery is now expanding as Zivana has grown so quickly this year has now purchased the shop next door meaning even more food and it excites us to know that our tea is going to be at the forefront of what they are doing.

Make sure you pop in for a cup of tea & a cake next week!



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How to make iced tea The Kettle Shed way!

As summer is now in full flow we thought it was only right to do a post on Iced Tea!

Iced tea is the perfect combo for health and hydration, unlike a lot of high street iced teas that are really high in sugar and calories and don’t contain a lot of high quality tea.

Whereas our fuso tea bags are low in sugar, have full leaf, full herb and full fruit (depending on what type of tea you use) so not only do you get a full taste you else get loads of antioxidants and major health benefits In each cup.

Our step by step Kettle Shed guide will show you how to make a jug of iced tea for 3-5 people:

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  • Put 3-5 Kettle Shed tea bags into a jug.
  •  Drown with boiling water.
  •  Leave to brew for 3-5 minutes.
  •  Now fill up with cold water and crushed ice.
  •  Add to the taste with sugar, honey or syrup.


If you would like to add to the taste and also make them look pretty if you have guests round, you can cut up pieces of fruit and add them in.

Another great way of making iced tea is to fill half a glass with crushed ice, then fill the other half with your chilled tea infusion. Then top up with something cool and bubbly – we love soda water, or for the adults reading this, a sparkling white wine would make a nice treat for a sophisticated get together!

Any of our fruit based teas our good to drink iced such as:

Majestic Melon – Melon & Cherry. – Pick Me Up – Liquorice and Mints. – Tutti Frutti – Fruit and coconut. – Fruit Burst – Summer Fruits. – Cheeky Charlie – Apple and Lime.

We want to see how you get on with our step by step guide and we want too see the finished product! Post your pics of your teas and we will pick an image at random to go onto our Instagram page and you will also win a free box of tea!


Our tea just got a little bit Ugli..

We are please to announce that our tea just got a little bit Ugli…  yes Ugli and not Ugly :)

Our tea is now stocked at Ugli Cafe that is situated on Ugli Campus, 56 Wood Lane, London W12 7SB which is just across from the old BBC Studios.

The cafe is in the heart of Ugli Campus that is a creative space for business to get use of resources they may not have the chance or funds to use anywhere else, it’s philosophy is collaboration and smart use of resources for the future of successful businesses. The cafe is in the heart of that where a vast range of different business can go down and have there lunch or just for a tea break and is social place for them all to go.

FullSizeRender (6)The cafe was recently bought out by Alan and he has already to started to make some big changes, it is already a massive hit in the campus and for people around the area to pop in. Alan was in hospitality for 15 years but always had a dream of setting up his own cafe, his philosophy is to do everything that the corporate chain cafes aren’t doing, he wants all his produce locally and ethically sourced and everything he buys is from independent traders.

We’re so pleased that we have been given the chance to be able to showcase our tea in such an inspiring and diverse setting. Remember we really do GIVE A CUP!

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Take a ‘Detour’ to Askew Road to drink our tea!

We are extremely pleased to announce a new cafe to The Kettle Shed family, the newly refurbished Detour Cafe!
If you are heading towards W12/Shepherds Bush then we suggest you have a ‘detour’ to this wonderful cafe! Detour Cafe recently opened at 135 Askew Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 9AU. They have an amazing menu that is definitely worth a shout,  it’s a short distance form Westfield so if you are shopping and want a mid shop brunch this is the place to go and best of all they are stocking our tea!
Kelly the owner is a New Zealander by Birth but now calls London her home having been here
for 16 years. She is a chartered accountant by trade and has worked for many dynamic companies, such as KPMG, BBC, Siemens, a French company called Thales and Lloyds, she has always had a passion for tea, coffee and food for some time and had the itch to create the feel of a New Zealand cafe in London.  In 2014 she took the big step, left her accounting career and set up Detour.
She has a really positive outlook, loves being in the company of others and loves sport (plays Netball, Squash and Tennis as often as possible) and will watch almost anything.  She has lived in the Ealing and Chiswick area for about 9 years and live with her English partner, Andrew (a lawyer).
She wanted to create a cafe that not only creates great coffee, tea and food but has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that locals love and new customers want to come back to. The name Detour is a bit of a play on with her last name which is “de lautour”.  It is also her
Dad’s and my brother’s nickname and of course you will always take a Detour to visit your favourite places so it works well for a cafe too!
If you are in the are or fancy a mid shop carrot cake & rooibos tea then
it is definitely a cafe you need to check out!
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The Tea Lady’s review on The Berkshire Hotel’s afternoon tea!

The Berkshire Hotel on Oxford Street W1C 1BY has recently started afternoon tea on the first floor. So I thought id check it out…

First of all I have to comment on how helpful the staff were, however good an afternoon tea is going to be, it could of easily been overshadowed by poor customer service however it was great and I was well taken care of.

The Menu:


The first thing I noticed was the tasteful decor and china that was presented on all the tables. One of my personal favourites of the afternoon tea experience was their China brand, it was the Miss Darcy range made by “Bombay Duck” it is real china without the dated vintage look and goes perfect for their high end look. Our own blend of “Darcy’s Delights” would fit in perfectly…


The Menu is delightful; you get the choice of two dishes from each section. I had a hot a dish of spiced scallops and a mint lamb cutlet, which were cooked to perfection, what a surprising change for an afternoon menu. In my view it takes it up the next level that makes it a high end afternoon tea establishment.

I then went on to have chicken Caesar, rosemary focaccia with rare venison, gin and tonic relish on rye bread, absolutely delicious. Followed by valrhona chocolate and pecan scones yummy and lastly fresh Strawberry tart with cream and raspberry prosecco jelly exquisite. I was also given a complementary glass of prosecco, which everyone gets to the end of the month on June…








I ordered an oolong to start with, and when my food arrived I had a rooibos tiramisu blend that were both lovely.

Overall, it was a great experience and if you are either stopping off from a shopping trip on Oxford Street or staying over at the hotel, it is the perfect way to have a break and have a lovely relaxed treat with a cup of tea!

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The Kettle Shed helps Rosy Rosie ‘Give A Cup’ !

A few weeks ago we were approached by a small startup business called Rosy Rosie about helping out with some goodie bags they were doing for charity, we were really excited to help out, we had a quick read through the company’s website and their values and ideas on handmade and ethical business and we knew that we were a match made in heaven. The bags were a great success and we would like to let you know a bit more about what the company is about and how the goodie bags went down!

Rosy Rosie was set up by Rowena, she set up the company a few years ago to sell ‘Good Stuff with Good Stories’ for Babies, Children & their Grown-ups. She also makes scented soy candles. Her three main values are #handmade #ethical #sustainable. Her story is this “As a parent, multiple Godparent and friend to lots of people with (lots of) children, I was always on the lookout for fun, funky, good quality and cost effective presents, my criteria always being ‘would I like to receive this?!’”


How the bag idea came about? We will let Rowena tell you that:

“Recently I was asked by a client (and old friend) to put together a Goodie Bag for a charity event he was organising. Initially, he was after some Rosy Rosie handmade scented soy wax candles to include; but after a quick chat around what else the bag could contain, I took on the job of supplying the whole bag; what fun I had and how lucky I am that I know so many brilliant small businesses and entrepreneurial artisans from all my events!”

We then got a call from Rowena asking if we would like to supply some of our tea to go in to the goodie bags, which of course we said yes too! As you can see in the image below they looked great!


So all in all it was a match made in heaven from the start, two local London companies that both were started on core values of family, enthusiasm, expertise and ethical business and best of all it was all to raise money for charity! Below are the links to Rowenas website please have a look through and see if there is anything of interest to you!

If you have any possible charity ideas please let us know and see if we can be of help!

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