Category Archives: Views On Brews & Talk About Teas

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!

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Introducing our very own Princess Charlotte (Cheeky Charlie)

So after many weeks of speculation it has finally been revealed…

The Royal Princess’s name is Charlotte! This has inspired us to do a blog on our amazing Cheeky Charlie Tea!

The origins of our Cheeky Charlie tea name were inspired by The Tea Lady’s very own princess, her daughter Charlotte (pictured below)!


All about the Cheeky Charlie Blend: A crisp and sweet blend of light Chinese green tea, green apple, lemon verbena and lime leaves. Bursting with freshness and zesty citrus notes. Green tea is rich in antioxidants and thought to have powerful rejuvenating effects, making a cup of this green brew a bountiful treat indeed.


So if you fancy a “A green tea blend with apple lime flavour , uniquely blended by us…” then get on to now and try a box and have a cup for the next possible Queen of England! Also a perfect blend for a summer drink!

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Written by John Mojsa.

Vote GREEN! (not the party MATCHA of course!)

Matcha – the revolution.

Forget about the politics, vote for Matcha!

The Matcha revolution is just around the corner! Gone are the days of coffee jitters!

We have all been there right? It gets to mid-morning and you start to hit ‘the wall’, so you have a coffee to try and replenish and kick your energy levels up a bit, straight away you feel that amazing rush of energy that then unfortunately as The Guardian says “it sends you to the moon, jittery and anxious, with your heart skittering?”you then severely crash and burn on average 5-10 minutes after you had that coffee and then are even more drowsy than you were before the coffee itself.

If this sounds like it happens to you or even if you are just looking to get a bit of natural jitter free energy then our Kettle Shed Matcha Powder is the way forward. Matcha is finely milled or fine powder green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony centres on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.

So what set’s Matcha apart from coffee?

Coffee can be addictive. It requires you to drink more and more to get the same “high” and eventually is needed just to feel “normal.” It can cause headaches, exhaustion, and other biological signs of withdrawal symptoms whereas….

Matcha contains L-Theanine that has a calming, relaxing effect and slows the release of tea-caffeine. Which means you get the same amount of energy input but spread out so there is no jitters and you get a natural energy booster that sticks around for alot longer! Here are a few extra facts on the positives of Matcha:

– Matcha provides 34mg of caffeine – but its effect lasts longer than a coffee’s 60mg.

– Matcha contains higher levels of antioxidants per gram than goji berries, dark chocolate, pecans, acai berries and even spinach. It also can be used as a sliming aid & makes you’re body wake up.

Japanese Zen Buddhist monks have been using matcha as a meditational drink for over 800 years through tea ceremonies and more recently westerners have been tapping into the superfood too.

We asked one of our staff that swapped their daily cups of coffee for matcha and this is what they said: “Even after my first Kettle Shed matcha ‘shot’ of the day I am pleasantly surprised by the caffeine kick and feel alert without any kind of edginess or anxiety that sometimes comes with a strong coffee.”

So how is Matcha different to normal green tea??

If you compare that to what you’d get from a tea bag – one bowl of matcha is equivalent to approximately 10 cups of regular green tea. That is because matcha powder uses the entire green tea leaf, instead of just dipping the leaf in hot water which provides only around 10% of the plant’s nutrients. It is also 15 times stronger than one green tea bag.

Matcha is simple to make and can be drank in a variety of ways such as a tea, expresso mixed with normal juice & can also be put in recipes such as White Chocolate cookies or white hot chocolate.

We put recipes up every few weeks so look out for them on our Social Media pages all can be found below, check on our website for more info on matcha.

And remember ask us any time for any questions on certain types of tea we are happy to answer, WE GIVE A CUP!

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Written by John Mojsa.

Earl Grey Tea & what it can do for you!

Tea drinkers across the country will be familiar with Earl Grey tea and it may even be your own choice of cuppa? However you may not know the history behind the cup and the extraordinary health benefits it can bring to you! We will go through below how it could give you an extra health kick.

Who or what is Earl Grey?

The tea was named after Earl Charles Grey who was the English Prime Minister and it is a tea with several health benefits due to presence of several biologically active compounds.


Camellia Sinensis is the tea plant which is the source of leaves for Earl Grey. It has different compounds which fall in the category of natural chemicals known as flavonols and flavonoids.

These leaves are dried as well as rolled in the production process which further promotes creation of other compounds such as thearubigins and theaflavins.

Most of these compounds are excellent antioxidants which work in various problems ranging from cardiovascular diseases to cancer.

Health Benefits

There are several health benefits of drinking Earl Grey tea such as:

1) Heart Problems: In a comprehensive study it was found that drinking about 3 cups of Earl Grey on a daily basis helps to reduce risk of heart diseases. The study found the triglyceride levels in the blood reduced considerably and HDL increased in people who were drinking this tea.

2) Reducing Stress: It is able to reduce cortisol (which is a stress hormone) levels by as much as 45% and help drinkers feel a lot more relaxed. This was possible due to the sensory components present in the smell as well as flavor of Earl Grey.

3) Zero Calorie: Another strong point about it is that it is a zero calorie beverage and by even adding a teaspoon of sugar in it, it will still remain a very low calorie natural beverage. The other advantage for drinkers is that it keeps them hydrated and the potassium present in it assists in maintaining balance of body fluids.

4) Less Caffeine: It is also known to have less amount of caffeine in comparison to coffee. In studies it has been found that it has 14-61 mg of caffeine in every eight ounce cup which in case of coffee it is 95-200 mg.

So there you have it, FOUR reasons to significantly help your physical lifestyle.

This may have just been a good read for the day, it may have enlightened you on your favourite drink or even turned you into an avid Early Grey drinker, if so then have a look at our Epic Earl tea on Each time you buy a box of tea with us we will donate a tea bag to our local homeless shelter in Chiswick just like our motto say’s WE GIVE A CUP!

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Written by John Mojsa

The collaboration you have all been waiting for… Tea & Coffee!!

The collaboration you have all been waiting for… Tea and Coffee!

As of this week our tea range will be in the already legendary TAMP COFFEE on W4 2EU Devonshire Road, Chiswick. The hidden away coffee shop is a Chiswick gem that people go to get away from the busy High Road.


The Coffee Shop itself is classy – urban with simple light woods. The variety of unique sandwiches, cakes, coffee & now tea make it stand out from other coffee shops in the area. It has a sense of warmth and homeliness and it fits perfectly into what The Kettle Shed is all about!

Just like us they love to give back to the community, “We believe that coffee is a community and we should look out for our own. That’s why we use Direct Trade models, directly sourcing from farmers, which gives them better wages and improves communication across the supply chain. So, everybody wins.” With every Tea box sold at Tamp, tea goes to the shelter in Chiswick, so it’s win-win for the community!


So if you fancy a quiet cup of tea, a beautiful cake and time away from the London rush then this I the place to go! If you go in and have one of our tea’s remember to tweet us on @thekettleshed and please leave a review on our Facebook Page, remember we really do give a cup!

Also follow TAMP on Twitter @tampcoffee !!

Written by John Mojsa.