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Good Food: Blake Hill Preserves Raspberry and Hibiscus Preserve

Good Food: Blake Hill Preserves Raspberry and Hibiscus Preserve

By Kate Malin

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When Vicky Allard discovered a bounty of wild blackberries growing on her Vermont farm, she did what any third-generation preserve maker would do and turned them into delicious jam. An enterprising friend delivered a jar to a local grocer, who promptly placed an order for more. Blake Hill Preserves was born soon after. Run by Vicky, her husband Joe, and a small team of helpers, Blake Hill Preserves makes chutneys, marmalades, preserves and conserves with fruit most often sourced from within 40 miles of their farm, or even from Vicky’s own back yard, when the bears don’t get there first.

Raspberry & Hibiscus Preserve is a fragrant blend of raspberries, cane sugar, lemon juice and organic hibiscus petals. To allow the flavor of the ripe raspberries to shine, this preserve is very lightly cooked, and made with more fruit and less sugar than typical jams. No commercial pectin, citric acid, or juice concentrate is ever added to any of Blake Hill Preserves offerings. Vicky recommends this unique jam spread on a freshly baked scone.

Raspberry & Hibiscus Preserve is available at blakehillpreserves.com and in stores nationwide. Blake Hill Preserves is part of the Good Food Awards, a project to honor food and drink producers making the sort of food we all want to eat – tasty, authentic and responsible and a proud member of the Good Food Merchants Guild, uniting American craft food businesses that share those values.

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From her grassroots work at the Good Food Awards to her continued education at NYU’s Food Studies Master’s Program, Kate Malin brings an unparalleled passion for great food and good people.More Food Finds:


The good news is that jams, including conserves and jellies, realized 10.3 percent sales growth between 2011 and 2013, according to the recently published “State of the Specialty Food Industry 2014” report, produced by the Specialty Food Association and Mintel. However, with unit sales remaining flat over that same time period, and some retailers reporting sales stagnation, all signs indicate that creativity and quality will drive future growth.

Scott Owen, grocery merchandiser at PCC Natural Markets in Seattle, says his store’s sales of jams have been flat year-over-year. “We suspect that is due in part to an increase in nut allergies,” Owen explains. Many kids aren’t allowed to bring sandwiches made with nut butters to school, he notes, which has impacted sales of grape and strawberry jam, classic childhood PB&J sandwich staples. The result is brands jostling for shelf space, by calling attention to unique features, from small-batch and local to healthful and novel.


Vermont: “The Green Mountain State”

Sillycow Farms: Recently, we received a thank you gift from one of our neighbors who knows we love sampling products from small independent businesses across the U.S. …

This particular gift warmed us up all over, literally! It was a gift of hot chocolate mix from Sillycow Farms of Vermont, and wow is it fantastic …

A small specialty foods company, Sillycow Farms produces over a dozen different varieties of hot chocolate mix. They’re packed in nostalgic small glass bottles, individual packets, and milk tins. Combine the mix with a mug of heated milk, top with whipped cream, and you’ll experience one of the finest mugs of hot chocolate you’ve ever had in your life …

Sillycow Farms has been around for 30 years, building their product line and reputation creating hot chocolate mixes using wholesome, all natural ingredients. You’ll find their products in select specialty markets across the country (check their website for details). While you’re there, see their clever gift packages, just perfect for any occasion.

You can also shop directly online and have their fabulous hot chocolate mixes shipped directly to your door!

Colorful Vermont Made Pillowcases

The business is PrettyPillowCase.com, and wait until you see some of their vibrantly colored products!

if you want to liven up your bedroom’s decor, check out these pillow cases, which add a layer of complementary color and pattern to your sleeping area. Made from durable medium weight cotton, these colorful pillow cases make a great personal gift! The selection includes many fabrics that go so well together that they come in matching sets … one pillow case features the main fabric on the body of the case, while the matching case features it on the cuff, and vice versa. Clever!

Special For State Gifts USA Readers: 20% Off Your Order – Use Code SGU At Checkout …

Also, be sure to take a look at the Nap Pillows (another great gift idea). They’re mini travel pillows perfect for plane trips, long car rides, extra support on your office chair, or just for a relaxing nap on your favorite comfy couch …

All sizes of pillow cases are available, even miniature doll bed size! Visit their website, linked above, and join their email list for discounts and new design alerts …

Burnt Point Lodge: This creative and inventive Vermont company creates an eclectic line of goods targeted for the outdoorsman. We love visiting their website, which is chock full of good stories and unique products you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else …

Under the “Our Shop” tab, you’ll see sections for Clothing, Gear, Accessories, and Books & Maps. The selection is rotating, so you never know what you’ll see, but carrying packs, wool blankets with leather carriers, compasses, and buck knives are a few current selections. The Books & Maps tab offers items like antique maps of National Parks and
Army Survival Guides, while the “Attic” tab showcases buck knives, hand carved decoys, and historic American flags.

Visit the Burnt Point Lodge online to pay them a virtual visit. Explore the site and enjoy, and be sure to check out everything they’ve got to offer …

Cutting Board from Vermont Butcher Block

Cutting boards, platters, bowls, utensils, and of course butcher blocks are handcrafted from Green Mountain State wood. The end result is nothing short of spectacular – with minimal proper care their products will last for decades and be cherished family heirloom pieces.

There’s a wide variety of pieces available at their website, linked above, and the company also accepts special orders. A gift from Vermont Butcher Block will be appreciated for years – everyone can use something beautifully crafted like these pieces in their home …

You can order directly online – proudly Made in Vermont!

Vermont Magazine: If you’re searching for a Made in Vermont gift and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, consider a gift subscription to Vermont Magazine …

Published five times a year, this publication is all about The Green Mountain State, from the people, the scenery, the restaurants, and more. Every issue features stunning photography of Vermont’s beautiful landscape, along with a spotlight on current events and issues of importance to Vermonters.

Subscriptions are extremely reasonable and you can get one at the Vermont Magazine website. While you’re there, be sure to check out their online store where you’ll find a nice selection of calendars and books too!

Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable Food Storage

It’s called Bee’s Wrap, a washable and reusable cotton wrap made with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. It comes with an easy to use handy button closure – perfect for lunch boxes or that loaf of crunchy bread you’d like to keep fresh for more than a few hours, and the lemons you want to remain juicy after slicing them open.

Bee’s Wrap is made in several different sizes and attractive colors and prints. If you’re tired of hassling with plastic wrap, here’s your solution! The wrap washes easily with cool water and a little mild soap and will last for hundreds of uses.

Visit their website to learn more and feel good about using sustainable food storage!

Johnson Woolen Mills: We love American businesses which have stood the test of time. That statement certainly describes Johnson Woolen Mills, who’ve been producing good looking durable wool garments for Vermont residents and beyond for over 170 years …

Located off Route 15 northwest of the state capital in the town of Johnson, the mill is today producing just about any kind of wool clothing and accessory you might imagine. From wool coats to dog coats and from hand bags to hats, you’ll find it at the Johnson Woolen Mills website or one of their many retail dealers across the country.

There’s a reason why wool garments are timeless and always in style … they’re breathable, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A wool throw or a wool commuter or tote bag is the perfect gift for the hard to buy for person on your list, and it’s a durable gift that will be treasured and last for years and years.

We’re so pleased to introduce you to (or remind you about) Johnson Woolen Mills. Click through to their website to learn more and see everything they’re producing!

King Arthur Flour: Proudly based in Norwich, VT this company goes far beyond flour, the foundation of baking. Their business campus is literally a baker’s utopia – a popular visitor attraction featuring a store, cafe, and Baker’s Education Center where you can learn how to create masterpieces just like professional bakers.

King Arthur Flour has a long and storied history and is one of America’s standard bearers in the baking industry. Since 1790, they’ve been creating just about everything you need to show off your culinary skills as a baker. At their website, you’ll find all sort of helpful tips to guide you along the way, as well as recipes to inspire your creativity.

Click through to their “Shop” page and you’ll get a better sense of everything this iconic company creates. From bread essentials to mixes to helpful kitchen gadgets, you’ll find it all here. If you like to make your own pizza, we can personally recommend their King Arthur Perfect Pizza Blend Mix. It’ll help you make the best pizza dough (foccacia and calzones too) you can ever imagine …

Pictured is their one of a kind recipe book that covers everything from basic to complicated – the perfect gift for someone just getting started, or anyone who needs a refresher!

Vermont Shepherd’s Sheep Milk Cheese

The farm itself is home to over 250 dairy sheep who are cared for by shepherds from the two families who own the operation. At their online store, you’ll find a wide variety of cheese along with wool products, jams, quince butter, sheep milk soap, and more.

A wonderful Made in Vermont gift idea is their Cheese Assortment Package, which can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. It contains nine pounds of products from the farm, including three of their cheese varieties along with quince butter and fig jam. It’s packed in hay from the farm – a true sample of The Green Mountain State!

Click through to the Vermont Shepherd website to see everything they’re doing and to place your order …

Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps – Stowe, VT

They’re Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps, and they’re a healthy mouthful of delicious packed with pumpkin seeds, pistachios, cranberries, and flax & sesame seeds. They’re wonderful with a slice or two of your favorite Vermont made cheese, but just as good on their own!

Jan is Jan Gorham, a mom of three who’s passionate about offering snacks without processed or artificial ingredients. Perfect to bring to a dinner party or as a casual mid afternoon snack, Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps have garnered all kinds of positive foodie press, including a feature in Martha Stewart’s Living and the Specialty Food Association’s SOFI Awards. A friend of ours brought us back a sample from a business trip to The Green Mountain State and we almost sent him right back to get more!

You can buy these one of a kind crackers in 16 states (and growing) across the country (check the website for details) and there’s a link to order online at Jan’s site as well.

Some real goodness from Vermont!

Blake Hill Preserves: Based in Grafton, this enterprising small company is a marmalade, jam, and chutney specialist. Their product line offers some of the most interesting flavor combinations you’ll find, influenced by many different culinary cultures …

Using as many local ingredients as possible, Blake Hill Preserves turns out creative chutney flavors like Plum with Fennel & Ginger and Cranberry & Orange with Cinnamon. Or how about Raspberry & Hibiscus Flower Jam? These are just a few of the truly unique varieties they’re creating, all of which are available at their website …

Formed in 2009, the company is owned and operated by Vicky Allard, a preserve maker originally from England, and Joe Hanglin, who hails from Gibraltar. The farm itself is located in the Green Mountains offering spectacular views and an abundance of fresh fruit. Ripe blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, and rhubarb all make their way into these delectable products.

Gift sets and combination packages are available – Click through to their website to see all their creations and order for yourself or as a wonderful gift!

Potlicker Kitchen: Have you got a beer guy or gal on your list? You know, someone who really likes beer, beer t-shirts, beer glasses, beer bread, beer anything? Well, instead of getting them something they’re already expecting (beer), why not get a little creative?

And that’s where Potlicker Kitchen of Waterbury Center, VT comes in. This creative small company creates small batch Vermont beer and wine jellies along with artisan jams. For example, one of their products is Green Mountain Ale Beer Jelly, produced with locally brewed Long Trail Ale. Another is a delectable Black IPA Beer Jelly, made with Otter Creek Brewing’s Black IPA. If you don’t want to enjoy it on crackers, use it as a glaze for chicken wings!

The company also makes jellies with Vermont wines as well as some really interesting flavors like Blueberry Sage Jam, Carrot Cake Jam, and one we’ve never heard of, Wild Knotweed Jelly. Turns out knotweed is a wild invasive plant found in the northeast that’s similar to rhubarb. Instead of trying to weed it out (literally), Potlicker Kitchen decided to turn this unwanted plant into something tasty … if you can’t beat it, eat it!

Truly Vermont made gifts from a very interesting and clever company. Check them out!

Big Picture Farm: This 88 acre sustainable farm is located in Townshend, a small Vermont community in Windham County in the southern part of the state. It’s home to over two dozen beautiful goats who are rotationally pastured so they can enjoy ultra fresh greens and produce rich goat milk. The Farm uses the milk to create award winning cheese and goat milk caramels …

For a unique and delicious gift from The Green Mountain State, consider one of Big Picture Farms four caramel flavors. They’re available in Sea Salt & Bourbon Vanilla, Goat Milk Chai, Maple Cream, and Cocoa Latte. The caramels are packaged in farm designed recyclable boxes featuring drawings of the goats, as shown …

Big Picture Farm’s cheese was recently judged an American Cheese Society award winner in the aged goat cheese category. Their tomme style cave aged Sonnet is a creamy smooth delight that’s sure to please any cheese lover.

The Farm’s online store offers their cheese in limited quantities along with gift sets featuring Vermont made cutting boards inscribed with an image of one of their prized goats. And be sure to visit their Gifts page, featuring a variety of colorful and creative packaging for their cheese and caramels along with other fun items. Wonderful gifts, direct from Vermont!

Vermont Soap: Based in Middlebury, Vermont Soap is a company you’ll want to know about if you appreciate handmade natural soap. For over 20 years, this company has made natural cleaning products for just about anything in your life that needs cleaning!

Just a few of the Vermont Soap products you’ll find at their website are bar soaps, child and baby care, non toxic cleaners, deodorants, moisturizers, and pet care soaps. You can shop by your skin type and also by scent, which include honey, lavender, peppermint, and many more …

All of the company’s bar soaps are all natural and cold processed. They last twice as long as traditional mass market soaps and are gentle enough for anyone with more sensitive skin.

These products make great gifts for anyone on your list, especially those who appreciate how clean and fresh natural soap makes them feel! Click through to the Vermont Soap website to see everything they’re doing!

Catamount Specialties Gourmet Mustard

The company makes a particularly interesting line of mustard. At the Catamount Specialties website, you’ll find varieties like Fire Roasted Garlic and one called Forest Fire, a combination of habanero mash, horseradish mustard, and a bit of natural hickory smoke. Another is a nod to the state’s signature product, Maple Mustard, which combines gourmet mustard with pure maple syrup. Think honey mustard with a maple twist!

Catamount Specialties is also well known for their Fire on the Mountain line of salsa. From mild to hot and hottest, they’re Brush Fire, Forest Fire, Wild Fire, and Raging Wild Fire. They’ve garnered quite a following in Vermont and beyond and make a perfect Vermont themed gift …

When you visit their site, be sure to check out the authentic Italian style pasta sauces along with gourmet jellies which are perfect for appetizer trays. Several varieties are available for ordering – enjoy the classic flavors of The Green Mountain State!

Way Out Wax Green Mountain Collection

Way Out Wax offers dozens of healthy air candles for your home in three distinct collections – Green Mountain, Clean Air, and Bug Out. At their site, you can search for candles by style, desired mood, essential oil, or wax type. Just a few of the essential oils used are Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Cedarwood, and Lavender. Candles are created to help impart a mood of cleansing, meditation, passion, and many more …

We are particularly impressed by their Green Mountain Collection. If you’re looking for a gift that’s distinctly Vermont, here it is! Shown is their “Northern Forest” candle, a blend of cedarwood, fir, and spruce with a burn time of well over 40 hours. Ten different varieties of this collection are available all told, with each evoking the spirit of The Green Mountain State …

Visit the Way Out Wax website to discover all their all natural candle products and to order for yourself or as a special Vermont themed gift …

Vermont Peanut Butter Company: Founded and located in Morrisville, the Vermont Peanut Butter Company makes a line of nut butters containing more personality, more protein, and more flavor!

Made without preservatives or the extra salt and sugar found in store bought brands, the Vermont Peanut Butter Company varieties are each made using two different strands of USA grown peanuts. Each strand is grown to a differing level of darkness, creating their unique and proprietary flavor. Each of their peanut butters offer a unique personality – some have chocolate, some cranberries and flax seeds, and some have pure Vermont maple syrup or honey. Of course, traditional creamy and chunky varieties are available as well!

We particularly like the company’s Bee Nut Butter. It’s a combination of peanut butter and Vermont honey and it’s extraordinary! You’ll never think of peanut butter sandwiches the same way again!

You can order any of the Vermont Peanut Butter Company products online. Click through to their site to learn more about the company, including their charitable activities, and to order …

Vermont Village Applesauce: Vermont is well known for the quality and variety of their apples, so it stands to reason the state is equally acclaimed for applesauce. Near the town of South Barre, a company is turning out natural, organic applesauce and apple butter which proudly exemplify Vermont’s quality apple crop …

Vermont Village Applesauce makes applesauce like no one else. The entire apple – including core and skin – is cooked in small batches and allowed to stew without the addition of water and sugar. This captures the full flavor of the apple and the entire process is certified organic. Local Vermont apples are used – a true taste of The Green Mountain State!

The company makes several different varieties of applesauce and apple butters as well. You can buy two packs of 24 ounce jars online at their website as a Vermont themed gift. You can also find the brand at selected specialty food retailers …

Blue Ledge Farm Goat Cheese

Blue Ledge Farm is a 110 acre mixture of natural wetlands, pasture, and woods. The development rights for the property were sold to the Vermont Land Trust in 2004, ensuring the land will remain open and never commercially developed. The company makes a variety of artisan cheese from the milk from their goats and cow’s milk from a neighboring Vermont dairy farm …

Variety packages of Blue Ledge Farm goat and cow’s milk cheese are available from their online store. This includes their fresh chevre, like their Maple Chevre – a mix of goat cheese and pure Vermont maple syrup. Also available is the farm’s signature cheese, Crottina, an American Cheese Society award winner with a smooth, delicate flavor …

See all the Blue Ledge Farm cheese combination packs by clicking through to their site. They’ll ship anywhere in the country by UPS overnight or 2nd day air!

Suzanne’s Sweet Savories – Vermont Made

The products are called Piquant Preserves, made with a variety of fruit or vegetables and blended with their signature recipe spices. Choose from apple, carrot, pear, blueberry, cranberry, rhubarb, and tomato. At the Suzanne’s Sweet Savories website, you can order by single jars or a four jar sampler pack.

Their site also offers many recipes and suggestions for use. The sampler pack makes an ideal fresh from Vermont gift item! Click through to learn more …

Orchard Hill Farm Maple Syrup

Vermont, of course, is known for its maple syrup. The Green Mountain State produces more maple syrup than any other state! Orchard Hill Farm proudly produces maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, and gift boxes for those seeking an iconic gift from Vermont …

At their online store, you’ll find syrup available in four different grades ranging from cooking syrup to Fancy Light Amber. You can buy the syrup in plastic jugs (ideal for freezing) or glass bottles. Their website explains the available syrup grades so you can choose according to your preferences …

There’s free shipping on orders of $75 or more! Check the Orchard Hill Farm site for details …

Dakin Farm: Dakin Farm has been around in Vermont’s Lake Champlain valley since 1792, but business has really grown since being bought by the Cutting family in 1960. Now operated by the 4th and 5th generations of the family, the farm is now a go-to source for many Vermont made specialties, which prompted their slogan, “What Vermont Tastes Like” …

Dakin Farm now has two locations in The Green Mountain State, the original farm store in Ferrisburgh and a branch store in South Burlington. At both locations, you’ll find many of the products the farm is famous for, like smoked bacon and sausage, maple products, ham, poultry, cheese, and much more.

Dakin has partnered with the famed Cabot Cheese and now offers their renowned cheese varieties at the online Dakin Farm store. There’s a fantastic selection of all the products mentioned above, as well as many Vermont themed baskets for your shopping convenience …

Click through to their site to see all their products and gift suggestions, like the one shown which is called “Most Impressive Gift”, a selection of Vermont’s finest. And really, who on your list wouldn’t be impressed receiving a box called “Most Impressive Gift”??

Drew’s All Natural: Grocery shopping can be a chore … or, you can make it fun!

We enjoy grocery shopping because it allows us to discover new products as well as lean on old favorites. Recently at our local Caputo’s store, we discovered a Vermont based company making a line of all natural and organic salad dressings as well as several varieties of natural salsas …

The company is Drew’s All Natural, founded by Chef Drew Starkweather in 1995. Drew worked as head chef for a prestigious New England inn and found his customers were requesting to take home his various all natural salad dressings …

Fast forward a number of years and Drew and his team established a production facility in Chester, VT to keep up with the burgeoning national demand. The facility was certified organic in 2001 and now you can find Drew’s products in specialty grocers all across America …

We bought two of his salad dressings while shopping and absolutely loved both. The first is called Lemon Goddess and has a sparkly lemon flavor and accented by soy, creamy tahini, garlic, and chives. The second we tried is Sesame Orange, which we used as a pork marinade and subsequently on a salad. It has an Asian style flavor complemented by a bit of ginger …

If you can’t find Drew’s products where you live, you can always order online at their website. We can’t wait to try more of his dressings as well as the line of salsas!

Vermont Smoke and Cure: This well known northern Vermont company has been naturally smoking and curing meat since 1962 …

Vermont Smoke and Cure specializes in smoking, curing, and packaging pork products like bacon, sausage, and hams. Much of their meat comes from local Vermont farms, like the famous 5 Knives line of pork products. Vermont Smoke and Cure’s snack sticks, which come in a variety of meats and flavors, were rated as one of the healthiest snacks in America by MSN.com …

If you’re looking for convenient one stop Vermont gift shopping, consider their “Vermontavore” or “Camel’s Hump Sampler” gift packages. The Camel’s Hump package (shown) contains smoked bacon, ham, summer sausage, smoked pepperoni, Vermont breakfast sausage, and maple sausage. Wow … I’d love to get that delivered to MY door!

Be sure to stop by the Vermont Smoke and Cure website to see all their products and order for you or as a gift for someone who appreciates the pride of The Green Mountain State …

Madhouse Munchies Potato Chips: Since 1996, this South Burlington, VT company has been making potato chips in the healthiest way possible … they kettle cook the chips in 100% high mono unsaturated Canola oil. This type of oil is recommended as a part of a healthier diet because it has no cholesterol and is the lowest saturated fat cooking oil …

Beyond the nutritional plus, these chips taste great! There’s no oily after taste, and they use nothing artificial in seasoning the chips. You can get them in several flavor varieties … Sea Salt, French Onion, or Mesquite BBQ. They also make stone ground tortilla chips and a Sea Salt flavor with vinegar …

Madhouse Munchies chips are available in many stores in the northeast, but if you can’t find them they can be ordered online via their site …

We’ll admit to having a lot of fun trying different potato chips from all across the U.S. – the differences in taste are interesting if we ever do a potato chip review site, Madhouse Munchies chips will definitely be right near the top!

Jed’s Maple Products: Located in Derby in northeast Vermont, Jed’s Maple Products is renowned for their variety of maple related products …

To give you an idea, Jed’s produces maple syrup, maple candy, and maple cream (kind of like a maple butter). They also have maple frosted nuts and maple dressing for salads. If it’s a maple based food product, you’ll find it here!

Jed’s also offers a great assortment of gift boxes packed with a variety of these products, along with pancake mixes and more. An ideal gift from the Green Mountain State, Jed’s will ship anywhere in the country. Discover more at Jed’s Maple Online Store …

Wagatha’s Tasty & Healthy Organic Treats

Introducing Wagatha’s, a Vermont based organic dog treat baker. These premium treats for your best friend are wheat, corn, and soy free … they only use organic ingredients and are proudly baked in the Green Mountain State …

They’re available in all kinds of interesting flavors, made only with human grade food. The flavor shown in the picture is cranberry, cheddar, and mint. Cranberry is known to help a dog’s urinary tract health, mint helps diminish “doggie breath”, and cheddar … well, cheddar tastes good!

A percentage of Wagatha’s sales are donated to the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campiagn, a great cause helping eliminate cancer in dogs. Set your dog’s tail a-waggin’ with Wagatha’s!

Vermont Trivia and Fun Facts

1). The highest point in Vermont is Mt. Mansfield, 4,393 feet elevation …

2). The name “Vermont” means green mountain. It is a combination of the French words “vert” (green) and “mont” (mountain) …

3). Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup …

4). Vermont’s capital city of Montpelier has the smallest population of any state capital …

5). Calvin Coolidge, the 30th U.S. President, was born in Vermont …

6). Vermont is the second largest state in New England, next to Maine …

7). The state is twice as long as it is wide. Vermont is 160 miles north to south and 80 miles east to west …

8). The hottest temperature ever recorded in Vermont was 106 degrees …

Vermont Rolling Pins: Based in South Burlington, the Vermont Rolling Pins Company creates ultra sturdy world class rolling pins which are hand turned and will last for decades …

The hardest of woods are used … cherry, maple, and walnut. You can choose your desired type of wood (the colors differ) as well as the size and style.

Rolling pins are an underrated kitchen accessory … until you need one! They’re a great gift for showers, weddings, and new apartment or home parties. You’ll be able to hand yours down to your family members if you wish!

Even if you’re not in the market for a rolling pin, you should check out the Vermont Rolling Pins website. I learned some very interesting facts and care tips about rolling pins … how they’re made, how to display and care for them, and how to clean them.

The company also carries essential pizza making tools … and there are lots of great recipes for all the dough you’ll be preparing with your Vermont rolling pin!

Solmate Socks: This unique small company based in South Strafford, VT thrives by the motto, “Life Is Too Short To Wear Matching Socks”. Owner Marianne Wakerlin creates vibrant and colorful socks for men, women, and children in a variety of styles …

In addition to their dazzling colors, these aren’t just any socks … they’re made from recycled cotton. The cotton yarns are sourced from recycled materials, thereby creating and environmentally friendly products that’s fun to wear …

You can buy these cool socks for yourself or as a gift at the Solmate Socks website. Be sure to check out their unique “Sock of the Month” Club for a really fun gift and also their mismatched accessories page …

Holdster USA: Based in Burlington, this small company strives to make your beverage and drinking experience more stable …

The company crafts leather “holdsters” which neatly fit around a mason jar. Each holdster has a sturdy grip allowing you to easily grasp the jar without worrying about slippage or handling excessively hot or cold containers …

The mason jar is included with your purchase, and the hand tapped rivets make for easy removal of the holdster when the jar needs cleaning. Clever!

They also make sturdy key chains with a similar gripper, as well as coasters. Multiple colors and designs are available … check them out at Holdster USA …

Fortuna’s Sausage: Fortuna’s Sausage of Sandgate, VT is a third generation Italian-American sausage manufacturer that has garnered national press and national acclaim for their specialty meats and sausage products. Known for their outstanding salami, Fortuna’s makes it the old fashioned way … with hand trimmed pork in small batches …

One specific product of note is a dry cured Calabrese style of soppresata called “Soupy” … it’s rarely seen in this country and is available in varying levels of hotness. You can serve it sliced on crackers or bread, or with salads.

Fortuna Sausage is also well known for their monthly clubs and gift packages … you can order a Salami of the Month Club containing about three pounds of specialty sausage every month. What a great gift! There are also plenty of gift baskets to choose from, so check their website for all the details …

Fat Toad Farm Goat’s Milk Caramel: Fat Toad Farm is located in Brookfield, VT and specializes in raising dairy goats. Much of the goat’s milk is turned into the farm’s signature products, goat’s milk caramel sauce …

The farm creates four types of caramel. There’s the original, which is goat’s milk combined with cane sugar, and there’s vanilla bean which is goat’s milk and whole organic vanilla beans. They also make a cinnamon caramel and a bourbon caramel, infused with Kentucky bourbon …

Each batch takes about six hours to produce and is hand mixed. The caramel is bottled using a maple syrup filler. It is then labeled and packaged for sale at local farmers markets and for you at the Fat Toad Farm website …

Get some for yourself or as a gift for a friend … a really unique Vermont made gift!

Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works: Located in Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier, Morse Farm is synonymous with maple syrup, maple products, and farm fresh items from central Vermont …

The working farm, which is a popular visitor attraction, is home to countless maple trees where sap is tapped and ultimately turned into syrup. At the Morse Farm website you can order fresh maple syrup, maple sugar for baking, and the fantastic fruit topping shown, maple apple drizzle …

You can also get all sorts of other wonderful Vermont products like Morse Farm cheese, maple candy, and maple cured bacon. Morse Farm has been around since the late 1700’s so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing!

Deano’s Jalapenos: Deano’s Jalapeno Chips were born at the Cactus Cafe restaurant in Stowe, VT. The home made chips proved so popular that the owners established a second business to share them with more than just their restaurant customers!

Deano’s Jalapeno Chips are available in several different flavors … white cheddar, sea salt, ranch, and cheddar. They also make jalapeno bits (think Bacon Bits) which are diced flavored bits of jalapeno in all the same flavors …

Munch on the chips and use the bits to liven up a salad!

You can order directly online at Deano’s Jalapenos …

Benito’s Hot Sauces: You might not think of Vermont as being a logical location for a hot sauce company, but peppers are grown organically here and that’s what is used in Benito’s Hot Sauces …

When you check out the Benito’s Hot Sauce website, you’ll see they make an interesting variety of different sauces in varying heat levels. But we want to tell you about an equally interesting product they make which is really heart and soul Vermont …

It’s their Maple Chipotle BBQ Rub, pictured here. It’s completely salt free, medium on the spice level and slightly sweet from the Vermont grown peppers and pure Vermont maple sugar …

Try it on anything … burgers, steaks, chicken, and roasts. It’s especially good on any cut of pork!

Highly recommended as something unique to try. Order directly from their website …

Grafton Village Cheese Gift Packages

They are well known for their specialty cheese as well as their aged cheddar, available aged from one to five years. If you’ve never tasted a cheddar cheese aged five years, you should! It’s deep flavored, rich, and complex … unlike any store bought cheddar cheese.

Grafton Village Cheese is a perfect stop for Vermont gift shopping … they offer various cheese gift baskets as well as Vermont jams, mustards, and other specialty foods.

Learn about all their products online at Grafton Village Cheese …

“Even With My Fur Coat, I Still Get Chilly!”

This East Barre, VT company makes shirts, robes, jackets, pajamas and more for men, women, kids, and dogs as you can see!

Blankets, scarves, head warmers, and pillows are some of the other necessities you’ll find at the Vermont Flannel website …

Vermont Flannel garments are exceptionally well made and durable … they’ll last for years!

What a great gift for anyone who has to survive cold weather … in Vermont or otherwise!

Simon Pearce Glass Blown Evergreen Tree

Specializing in home decor and tableware, Simon Pearce is also well known for hteir holiday items, like the beautiful Vermont evergreen shown …

The tree, which comes in several sizes, has a distinctive crackle finish which mimics snow crystals on a real tree. This is done using a technique of applying hot water to the glass sculpting after it is formed into shape …

A glass blown item from Simon Pearce will surely be appreciated … many are passed from generation to generation!

Green’s Sugar House Gift Pack

You can also buy maple candies and maple cream, both made with local maple syrup … and granulated maple sugar, which is just like brown sugar but richer tasting and dare we say much better!

Check their site for their various gift box sets, which make giving a Vermont themed gift a snap!

Jamtastic Jams: Jamtastic Jams owner Ross Warren of Rupert, VT creates hand made jams using local ingredients which he calls “Jamtastic” … and they sure do look good!

The jams are available in several flavors, including some infused with Vermont maple syrup like the jar of raspberry shown. Some of the other flavors include blueberry, strawberry, bourbon peach, and jalapeno strawberry …

Learn more at the Jamtastic Etsy shop at Jamtastic Jams and enjoy a real taste of The Green Mountain State!

Vermont Sweetwater Beverages

Eight unique flavors are available … maple, maple seltzer, Kickin’ Cow cola, mango, tangerine cream, apple jack, root beer, and raspberry rhubarb …

You can order Vermont Sweetwater products online. They’ll ship right to your door, or to a gift recipient …

Vermont Morning Oatmeal

It’s a wheat free blend that’s made with organic whole grains, oats, rye, and a touch of cinnamon for flavor … unlike any oatmeal you may have tried and not liked!

Vermont Morning Multi Grain oatmeal is available online right here, and be sure to browse the site for other interesting Vermont food products …

Battenkill Brittle: This small company based in Arlington, VT makes a line of high energy natural snacks that are perfect for anyone on the go …

It’s made in bars and loose in a bag for spooning over yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream. Ingredients are all natural and include sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds as well as Vermont maple syrup …

Learn more about this healthy snack and order some for yourself at BattenKill Brittle …

Flavors include maple flavored, ranch, spicy, extra spicy, and fiery …

Distler’s pretzels can be ordered online and shipped across the U.S. – see more at Distlers.com …

Vermont Pickle: Vermont Pickle is one of hundreds of small specialty food producers that help make America great. We love spotlighting small companies like this where every product is packed by hand with individual attention from the owner who truly cares what goes into every jar …

The company cans several different products … pickles of course, pickled garlic, beets, dill beans, and being in Vermont, bread and butter slices with a dash of maple syrup …

You can order online at VermontPickle.com … gift packs are available!

Big Lenny’s Sweet Onion Sauce

In addition to his hot dogs and sausages, Big Lenny is known for some of his unique condiments, like sweet red onion sauce, maple mustard, and apple cider mustard. They’ve proven to be so popular that Lenny started selling them online, where you can get them now … just visit Big Lenny’s online …

Gormly’s Vermont Specialty Foods: If you’re looking for one stop Vermont gift shopping, try Gormly’s of South Burlington, who specializes in various Vermont made food products.

They carry grilling sauces, glazes, mustard, marinades, and mixes from the Vermont Farm Girl line. Our favorite product from Gormly’s is their Maple Rum Glaze, which is great on ham and cheese sandwiches!

Another good one is the Roasted Garlic Country Mustard, made with Vermont grown garlic. Yup, it’s also good on ham and cheese sandwiches!

We’ve Got More Great Vermont Made Products To Come! Tell Us About Your Favorite Made In Vermont Products By Adding Your Comment Below …


From chocolate to shrubs: the winners of 2018 Good Food Awards

Now in its eighth year, the Good Food Awards announced their newest batch of winners on Friday evening.

Alice Waters and Nell Newman were once again on-hand at the San Francisco War Memorial Herbst Theater to hand out medals to this year&rsquos top picks, which were selected from 2,057 entries from nearly 300 craft food makers around the country. Cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey served as the keynote speaker.

Bay Area brewers Almanac Beer Co. and Drakes Brewing Co. were among the locals represented among the class of 2018. Other local winners include: fishmonger TwoXSea, cheese maker Bellwether Farms, salumi maker Fra&rsquo Mani Handcrafted Foods, and Yume Boshi, which specializes in Japanese preserved plum products. Healdsburg&rsquos modern grange, SHED, took awards in three categories for its pickled shiitake mushrooms, smoked trout and smoked black cod, and plum shiso shrub.

The larder cooler at Shed in Healdsburg. Sarah Fritsche/Peter DaSilva, Special to The Chronicle

Winners will showcase their wares over the weekend at the Good Food Awards Mercantile (Sat., Jan. 20 from noon-5 p.m. at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion $35 entry open to food industry only) and the Good Food Awards Marketplace (Sun., Jan. 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 entry open to the general public).

Here&rsquos the full list of winners (California makers in bold):

Almanac Beer Co. , Apricot de Brettaville, California

Fullsteam Brewery , Farm's Edge: Alexis, Farm's Edge: Brumley Forest & Farm's Edge: Dinnsen's Orchard, North Carolina

Lakefront Brewery, My Turn Latif Double Chocolate Stout, Wisconsin

Perennial Artisan Ales, Savant Beersel & Glitter and Gold, Missouri

Southpaw BBQ , Flanders Red Ale, California

Throwback Brewery, Love Me Long Time Bohemian Pilsner, New Hampshire

CHARCUTERIE

American Pig, Picante Salami, North Carolina

Lady Edison with San Giuseppe Salami Co., Sweet Sopressata & Spanish Style Chorizo, North Carolina

Red Bear Provisions, Holy Cow! Beef Dry Salami Sticks, Illinois

Toro Bravo, Sobrasada Mallorca & Fuet, Oregon

Bellwether Farms , Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, California

Firefly Farms Creamery, Merry Goat Round Spruce Reserve, Maryland

Montchevre, Fresh Goat Cheese, Wisconsin

Castronovo Chocolate, Signature Collection Tumaco Dark Milk 60%, Florida

Chokola Bean To Bar, Guatemala, Verapaz 70% & Maya Mountain, Belize 70%, New Mexico

Dick Taylor chocolates Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle

Fruition Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch, Brown Butter Milk 43% & Wild Bolivia 74%, New York

Patric Chocolate, 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow & 67% Madagascar, Missouri

Stone Grindz Chocolate, Coffee and Coconut Milk 55%, Arizona

Big B's Hard Cider, Grand Cru Ciaison & Chester Hoppearcot, Colorado

Far West Cider Co , You've Guava Be Kidding Me & Proper Dry, California

Stem Ciders, Colorado Heritage Blend, Colorado

Compelling Coffee , Ethiopia Banko Gotiti Coffee, California

JBC Coffee Roasters, Gedeb Lot 83 Ethiopia Natural, Wisconsin

Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, Ethiopian Guji - Organic - Natural Process, Texas

OQ Coffee Co., Kayon Mountain Estate, Ethiopia, New Jersey

Ozo Coffee Roasters, Ethiopia Hambela Kirite, Colorado

Pachamama Coffee Cooperative , Organic Ethiopia Kossa Geshe & Organic Ethiopia Natural Amaro, California

Revel Coffee, Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Guji Dry, Montana

Royal Mile Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora Farm, New Jersey

Square One Coffee, Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora, Pennsylvania

Vashon Coffee Company, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural Daniel Miju, Washington

CONFECTIONS

Batch PDX, Earl Grey & Almond Crisp, Oregon

Chocolatay Confections, Sunflower Crunch Cup, North Carolina

Eat Chic Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with Maldon Sea Salt, New York

Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Ganache, North Carolina

Fat Toad Farm, Original Goat's Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont

Fran's Chocolates, Dark Chocolate Sauce & Caramel Sauce, Washington

Good King, Harmony Gourmet Snacking Cacao, Washington

Halvah Heaven, Silk Road Halvah, Massachusetts

Mayana Chocolate, Coconut Dream Bar & Mayan Spice Bar, Wisconsin

Nuubia SF , Dark Chocolate Espresso Krispies, California

Red Kite Candy, Salted Maple Pecan Caramel, Vermont

Sapore Della Vita, Cardamom Rose Caramel Sauce, Florida

Backyard , Citrus and Juniper Shrub, California

Blank Slate Kitchen, Black Pepper Rich Simple Syrup, New York

El Guapo Bitters, Chicory Pecan Bitters & Classic Greek Rose Cordial, Louisiana

Gardenaire, Rhubarb + Basil Shrub & Tomato + Basil Shrub, Minnesota

Girl Meets Dirt, Ruby Spiced Apple Shrub, Washington

Improper Goods, The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters, Oregon

Modern Bar Cart, Embitterment Chocolate Bitters, District of Columbia

Reverend Al's Bona Fide Potents, English Cucumber, Lime and Mint Shrub, Washington

SHED , Plum Shiso Shrub, California

Shrub District, Just Grapefruit, District of Columbia

Fishing Vessel Seafoods, Mediterranean (Solid White Albacore Tuna), Washington

SHED , Smoked Trout & Smoked Black Cod, California

Tsar Nicoulai Caviar , Jordan's Chef Reserve & Wild Cold Smoked Salmon, California

TwoXSea , Smoked McFarlands Spring Trout, California

Apoidea Apiary, Allegheny Fall Fallopia Wildflower Honey, Pennsylvania

Bloom Honey , California Avocado Honey, California


Nick Touch – Brand Ambassador for The Family Jones

Tom Collins. Photo by Nick Touch

Location: The Family Jones Spirit House is located at 3245 Osage St., Denver. It is currently open only for special pop-ups. Its spirits are sold across the front range and can be found here.

Recipe: Tom Collins

Reason:The Tom Collins was memorialized in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, the Father of American Mixology. I love this drink because it is easy to make, very refreshing and can be enjoyed at any time of day. This simple, sour style classic cocktail is versatile, and at-home-bartenders can add various ingredients to make it their own. Some suggestions would be fruit purees, liqueurs, honey syrup in place of the simple syrup, or herbs such as mint or basil. Cheers from The Family Jones.


CIDER

Big B’s Hard Cider, Grand Cru Ciaison & Chester Hoppearcot, Colorado

Dragon’s Head Cider, Traditional Cider, Perry & Wild Fermented Cider, Washington

Eden Ice Cider Company, 2015 Honey Crisp Iced Cider, Vermont

Far West Cider Co, You’ve Guava Be Kidding Me & Proper Dry, California

Nashi Orchards, Chojuro Asian Pear Perry, Washington

Stem Ciders, Colorado Heritage Blend, Colorado


AWARDS

The 2018 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 36 ribbons, including Best of Show for Harbison and a second-place Best of Show finish for Calderwood,both created by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

Randolph, VT, (July 27, 2018): The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, announced that Vermont cheesemakers took home 36 ribbons for 13 cheesemakers and their companies at the 35 th Annual American Cheese Society competition in Pittsburgh, PA on Friday evening. Two Vermont cheeses were honored for being Best of Show. Both winners were from Jasper Hill Farm including a first- place win for Harbison and a second-place for Calderwood from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. Since its founding in 1983, ACS hosts North America’s foremost annual cheese-based educational conference, and world-renowned cheese judging and competition. This year’s competition included 2024 entries from across North America. This year’s event titled “Forged in Cheese” was located in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference alternates each year between coasts and the middle of the country. Next year’s event will take place in Richmond, VA on July 31- August 3.

Twenty Vermont cheesemakers submitted cheeses for judging at the prestigious competition this year, due in part to the VCC’s sponsorship programs for ACS entry fee reimbursement. The VCC sponsors Vermont cheesemakers’ ACS entry fees to support their efforts in showcasing their cheese in a competition setting. This year, there were 2024 cheeses from around the US in the competition. All competitors are given judging notes for their products which are helpful in evaluating the cheeses and in some cases, improving the quality of production of cheeses. The VCC finds this aspect of the competition an invaluable educational tool for its members.

Winning Cheeses from Vermont

  • Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Harbison, First Place, Best in Show
  • Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Calderwood, Second Place for Best in Show
  • Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls: Greek Style Feta, 1 st place, and Tres Bonne Reserve, 3 rd Place
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT, MA: Cabot Sour Cream, 1 st place, and Old School Cheddar, 3 rd Place
  • Cate Hill Orchard, Craftsbury Commons, VT: Wild Mountain Tomme, 3 rd place
  • Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet, VT: Slyboro, 1st place Goatlet, first place with Crown Finish Caves, Pawlet,2 nd place Manchester, 2 nd place
  • Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton, VT: Shepsog, 3 rd Place, Bear Hill, 2 nd place
  • Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Harbison, 1 st place in Category, 1 st place in Best of Show, Bayley Hazen Blue, 1 st place, Calderwood, 1 st place in category, 2nd Place Best of Show, Willoughby, 3 rd place
  • Maplebrook Farm, Bennington, VT: Whole Milk Block Feta, 2 nd place
  • Parish Hill Creamery, West Westminster, VT: Reverie, 1st place and Vermont Herdsman, 2 nd place
  • Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Plymouth, VT: Ballyhoo Brie, 2nd place
  • Shelburne Farms. Shelburne, VT: 6 Month Cheddar, 1st place
  • Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT : Reading Raclette, 1st place, Tarentaise Reserve, 1 st place, Tarentaise, 1 st place, Ashbrook, 2 nd place
  • Vermont Creamery, Websterville: Bonne Bouche, 1st place, Cultured Butter with Sea Salt, 1 st place, Fromage Blanc, 1st place, Bijou, 2 nd place, Coupole, 3rd place Quark, 3 rd place, 1916 with Wegmans Market Affinage Program, 1st place
  • Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, Woodstock, VT: Lille Colummiers Bebe, 1st place, ClothboundWindsordale, 2nd place, Governors Cheddar, 3 rd place

For a comprehensive list of the 2018 American Cheese Society winners, visit CheeseJudging.org.

The state of Vermont, celebrated for its focus on family agriculture, small farms, and Vermont-made products, including cheese, boasts more cheese companies per capita than any other state in the nation- close to 1 cheesemaker for 13,000 people. There are currently 48 members of the Vermont Cheese Council making over 225 varieties of cheese. Cheesemakers range in size from producers for local farmers markets to producers selling in regional, national and international markets. Cheesemaking represents 700 million dollars in revenue for Vermont companies.

The 2017 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 41 ribbons, including top-ranking Best of Show ribbons for Spring Brook Farm’s “Tarentaise Reserve,” located in Reading, VT., and a third-place Best of Show for “Harbison” made by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT. Harbison moved up in 2018 to Best in Show winner.

The Vermont Cheese Council is a statewide membership-based organization with 48 principal cheese- producing members and over 20 associate members. The VCC is committed to promoting the advancement and quality of Vermont cheese through promotion, education and strong peer to peer support. The organization has been in existence since 1992. For more information, please contact: Tom Bivins, Executive Director at [email protected] or call 802-451-8564 or visit the Vermont Cheese Council website at www.vtcheese.com

/>ANNOUNCING THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS OF 2018

Congratulations to the outstanding 279 food & drink crafters from 40 states and Washington, DC

San Francisco, CA ( November 7, 2017 ) — The Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 279 companies in the running for a Good Food Award in 2018. The Finalists represent not just the best of America’s food movement, but the qualities we love most about this country: our rich cultural diversity, vibrant agricultural landscape, and the creativity and integrity of its small business owners.

The 15 categories the Good Food Awards celebrate – from spirits to cheese to coffee – comprise over $200 billion of America’s gross domestic product, a greater portion than the cattle and pork industries combined. The 2018 Finalists represent the vanguard in each of their industries, setting new standards for gastronomic excellence as well as social and environmental practices that have over time proven to be adopted by the rest of the industry. Each Finalist rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,057 entires, and also passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding supply chain transparency, environmentally sound agricultural practices, humane animal husbandry and deep community engagement.

Amongst their ranks are Mehdi Boujrada of Villa Jerada, who brings the flavors of his childhood home in Morocco to Seattle Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu, who crafts Tuscan – style salami in Saint Louis and Ayako lino, who combines Japanese tradition with California plums to make her ume pickles, syrups, and preserves. All of the Finalists – including 162 companies ( 58% ) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fisherman to actively build a better food system.

The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 19, 2018, at a gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace ( $5 ) and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile ( $35 ). A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and honorary host Alice Waters, pioneer of the food movement, at the Awards Ceremony ( $165 ).

The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3. The Presenting Sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, comprised of 22 of the country’s top independently-owned retailers from Austin to Oakland to Sioux Falls, all of whom are committed to supporting America’s great food crafters. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma, Bi-Rite Market, Vermont Cheese Council and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Impact HUB Bay Area, Gamut SF, Ten Speed Press, The Perennial and Veritable Vegetable Special thanks to the Collaborative Members:

  • Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
  • Bi-Rite Market
  • Canyon Market Cowgirl Creamery Cured
  • Di Bruno Bros.
  • Each Peach Market
  • Foragers Market
  • Glen’s Garden Market
  • Good Earth Natural Foods
  • The Greene Grape
  • Healdsburg SHED
  • JM Stock Provisions
  • Liberty Heights Fresh
  • Look’s Market
  • Market Hall Foods
  • Palace Market
  • Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
  • TASTE
  • Washington’s Green Grocer
  • Woodstock Farmers’ Market
  • Zingerman’s Family of Businesses

The full list of Finalists is here, and tickets for the Good Food Awards weekend are here.

    , Sixteen Counties, Maine , Apricot de Brettaville & Lavender Honey, California , Rhuty, Washington , Farm Hand, Michigan , Elmorado IPA, Oregon , Cherryland, California , Organic IPA, California , Amber Ale, Oregon , Dreadnut Tropical Stout, Oregon , Farm’s Edge: Alexis, Farm’s Edge: Brumley Forest & Farm’s Edge: Dinnsen’s Orchard, North Carolina , Hill 88 Double IPA, California , My Turn Latif Double Chocolate Stout, Wisconsin , Pacific Rain Pale Ale, Oregon , Savant Beersel & Glitter and Gold, Missouri , Tidings Ale, Virginia , Honey Kolsch, Oregon, Flanders Red Ale, California , Scotch Ale & IPA, Texas , Love Me Long Time Bohemian Pilsner, New Hampshire

CHARCUTERIE

    , Picante Salami & Lomo, North Carolina , Coppa & Country Pate, Utah , Duck Liver Mousse, California , Smoked Coppa, New York , Campo Seco, New York , Calabrese, Colorado , Hot Capicola, West Virginia , Salametto Piccante & Soppressata, California , Soppressata, New York with San Giuseppe Salami Co., Sweet Sopressata & Spanish Style Chorizo, North Carolina , Saucisson Sec Basque, New York , Culatello, Illinois , Chorizo El Rey & Green Peppercorn Pate, Oregon , Holy Cow! Beef Dry Salami Sticks, Illinois , Finocchiona, Missouri , Milano Salami, California , Sobrasada Mallorca, Fuet & Chorizo, Oregon , Ghost Pepperoni, Wisconsin
    , Bent River, Minnesota , Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, California , Hawkins Haze, Tennessee , Campo & Winsome, North Carolina , Goat Milk Feta & Lorelei, Oregon , Glacier Blue, Sawtooth & Sleeping Beauty, Washington , Rupert, Vermont , Merry Goat Round Spruce Reserve, Maryland , Cascadian Frechette, Oregon , Prairie Tomme, Missouri , Adair, Indiana , Evalon & Cave Aged Chandoka, Wisconsin , Petit Nuage & Pecora Nocciola, Wisconsin , Rendezvous, Idaho , Taupinière, California , Bear Wallow, North Carolina , Fresh Goat Cheese, Wisconsin , Kunik, New York , Bay Blue, California , Cumberland, Tennessee , Tarentaise & Ashbrook, Vermont , Thomasville Tomme & Asher Blue, Georgia , Jersey Girl, Georgia , Kenne, California , Oma, Vermont , McKinley Clothbound Cheddar, California
    , Madagascar Sambirano Valley 70% Dark Chocolate, California , 70% Dark Chocolate Maya Mountain Spicy Chai, Massachusetts , Signature Collection Tumaco Dark Milk 60%, Florida , Cafe Mocha, Maryland , Guatemala, Verapaz 70% & Maya Mountain, Belize 70%, New Mexico , Brown Butter Bar, Oregon , 60% Espresso + Sea Salt, Colorado , Hacienda Azul, Costa Rica, California , Salted Malted Milk Chocolate, New York , 73% Northerner Blend, California , Caramelized Coconut and Golden Mylk Bar, California , Tanzania 70%, Michigan , Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch, Brown Butter Milk 43% & Wild Bolivia 74%, New York , Esmeraldas 70%, Massachusetts , Big Island, Ohio , Peru San Martin Milk Chocolate 55%, Minnesota , 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow & 67% Madagascar, Missouri , Vanilla Bar 70%, Utah , Coffee and Coconut Milk, Arizona , Peru 70%, Georgia
    , First Flora, New York , Grand Cru Ciaison & Chester Hoppearcot, Colorado , Allegheny Gold, Virginia , Serendipity & Levity, Virginia , Traditional Cider, Perry & Wild Fermented Cider, Washington , 2015 Honey Crisp Iced Cider, Vermont , Golden Rule, California , Pronoia, Vermont , You’ve Guava Be Kidding Me & Proper Dry, California , Blue Hewe, Washington , First Fruit, Virginia , Newtown Pippin, California , Chojuro Asian Pear Perry, Washington , Shacksbury Dry, Vermont , Old Time Cider, New York , Colorado Heritage Blend, Colorado , Sage, Oregon
    , Ethiopia Idido, California , Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Konga, Pennsylvania , Ethiopia Gedeb, Montana , Ethiopia Hambela Alaka, California , Ethiopia Hambela, Missouri , Ethiopia Hambela Kirite Organic, Washington , Ethiopia Banko Gotiti Coffee, California , Ethiopia Amaro Gayo, New Hampshire , Ethiopia Sidama Ardi, Colorado , Organic Ethiopia Tikur Anbessa, California , Gedeb Lot 83 Ethiopia Natural, Wisconsin , El Willay, Illinois , Limu Dabesa, Ethiopia, Virginia , Ethiopian ‘Bishan Fugu’, Oregon , Ethiopian Guji – Organic – Natural Process, Texas , Ethiopian Buku, Arkansas , Kayon Mountain Estate, Ethiopia, New Jersey , Ethiopia Hambela Kirite, Colorado , Organic Ethiopia Kossa Geshe & Organic Ethiopia Natural Amaro, California , Ethiopia Shakiso, Florida , Ethiopia Organic Guji Shakiso, Georgia , Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Guji Dry, Montana , Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora Farm, New Jersey , Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora, Pennsylvania , Ethiopia Gotiti, California , Ethiopia Ardi, Oklahoma , Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural Daniel Miju, Washington

CONFECTIONS

    , Matcha Mint Bar, Oregon , French Silk, California , Earl Grey & Almond Crisp, Oregon , Sunflower Crunch Cup, North Carolina , Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with Maldon Sea Salt, New York , Green Tea and Roasted Rice Parallel Bar, Pennsylvania , Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Ganache & Orange Star Anise, North Carolina , Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont , Peanut Butter Coconut Chili, California , Dark Chocolate Sauce & Caramel Sauce, Washington , Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels, New York , Harmony Gourmet Snacking Cacao, Washington , Silk Road Halvah, Massachusetts , Citrus Spice Caramels, Virginia , California Candy Cap Caramels, California , Coconut Dream Bar & Mayan Spice Bar, Wisconsin , Lemon Burst, California , Almond Crunch, Illinois , Dark Chocolate Espresso Krispies, California , Browned Butter Bar, Missouri , Salted Maple Pecan Caramel, Vermont , Cardamom Rose Caramel Sauce, Florida , EMJ, California
    , Citrus and Juniper Shrub, California , Black Pepper Rich Simple Syrup, New York , Pine Syrup, Colorado , Chicory Pecan Bitters & Classic Greek Rose Cordial, Louisiana , Chai Pear Shrub & Blueberry Rosemary Shrub, Virginia , Rhubarb + Basil Shrub & Tomato + Basil Shrub, Minnesota , Ruby Spiced Apple Shrub, Washington , Summer Botanical Tonic Syrup, California , Pomegranate Jalapeño Shrub, California , The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters, Oregon , Embitterment Chocolate Bitters, District of Columbia , Cassia Kream, New York , Ginger Syrup, Massachusetts , Bloody Mary Elixir, California , English Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub, Washington , Rose Syrup, Maine , Plum Shiso Shrub, California Poached Pear Shrub, Illinois , Just Grapefruit, District of Columbia , Spiced Orchard Shrub, Illinois , Raspberry Syrup, Michigan , Haystackers Switchel, Vermont , Ume Plum Syrup, California
    , Hardwood Hot Smoked Columbia River Chinook Salmon, Oregon , Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil, California , Cajun-Cured Salmon, Washington , Mediterranean (Solid White Albacore Tuna), Washington , Traditional Cold Smoked Salmon, Texas with Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Canned Pink Salmon, Washington , Smoked Trout & Smoked Black Cod, California , Jordan’s Chef Reserve & Wild Cold Smoked Salmon, California , Smoked McFarlands Spring Trout, California , Smoked Canned Geoduck, Alaska
    , Dark Kiawe Honey, Hawaii , Allegheny Fall Fallopia Wildflower Honey, Pennsylvania , California Avocado Honey, California , Gold Star Gold, Maine , Summer Honey, Massachusetts , Honey, Virginia , Pioneer Square & Sauvie Island, Oregon
  • MD Queen Bee, Summer Bloom, Maryland , Sourwood Honeycomb, Georgia , Honey, Pennsylvania , Wild Michigan Wildflower Honey, Michigan , Bourbon Barrel Aged Honey, Texas , Snowberry Rose, Washington , Wildflower Honey, Georgia , Honey, Georgia , Tree Blossom Honey- Heath Ceramics, California
    , California Mission Blood Orange, California , Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California , Hot Virgin Jalapeno Olive Oil, California , Organic Basil Crush, California , Extra Virgin Frantoio Grove Oil, California , Titi’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California , Mission Oil & Mangini Ranch Estate Blend Oil, California , Traditional Blend Olive Oil, California , Pecan Oil, Georgia , Organic Arbequina Olive Oil, California , EVOO Tuscan Blend, California
    , Vidalia Chutney, Georgia , Country Miso, California , Garlic Relish, California , Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Michigan , Bay Leaf Brown Butter, New York , Green: Fire Roasted Green Chile Sauce, Oregon , Ole Mole, California , Sesame Tahini Dressing, Maryland , Organic Maple Syrup, New York , Fresh Basil Grlk, Minnesota , K-Mama Sauce, Minnesota , Tomato and White Sultana Chutney, New Jersey , Grass-Fed Goat Milk Ghee, Washington , Organic Pepita Sun Seed Butter, Michigan , ‘Nduja Spread, Illinois , Dust Foothills Chili Sauce, North Carolina , Habanero #HUSTLE, North Dakota , Rye Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Vermont , Sambal Satay, California , Peanut Butter, Rhode Island , Sonny’s Spicy Eggplant Kasundi, Washington , The Original Almond Butter, California , Sweet Heat Tomato, California , Chermoula, Washington , Spiced Beet Vinegar, New Hampshire
    , Grapefruit + Hibiscus + Heather Kombucha, California , Mint Lemonade, Oregon , Green Papaya Thai Kimchi, California , Pineapple Cilantro Kombucha, Ohio , Nettle Kraut, North Carolina , Hearts on Fire, New York , Spice Market Beans, Rhode Island , Cajun Okra, District of Columbia , Grandma’s Bloody Pickles, Minnesota , Glow Kraut, Maryland , MJ’s Bread and Butter Pickle & MJ’s Basil Bread and Butter Pickle, Washington , Cumin Jalapeño Sauerkraut, Washington , Lemon Verbena Hop-Pickles & Fenn Shui, California , Sauerkraut, Nebraska , Garlic Dill Pickle, Massachusetts , Pickled Green Plums, Oregon , Curried Carrot Pickles, Montana , Vashon Island Pickles, Washington , Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms, California , Seed and Salt, California , Dill Pickle Sauerkraut & Galaxy Rose Sauerkraut, Michigan , Shiso Leaf Kimchi & Low Country Kimchi, South Carolina
    , Tahitian Lime Ginger Jelly & Passionfruit Jalapeño, Hawaii , Wild Thimbleberry Jam & Chili Jam, Missouri , Olallaberry Jam, Utah , Strawberry Hibiscus Jam, Maryland , Wild Blueberry and Thyme, Vermont , Jim’s Raspberry Jalapeno Pepper Jam, Pennsylvania , Honey Citrus Marmalade, North Carolina , Roasted Strawberry Preserves, North Carolina , Apricot Up in the Moment, California , Strawberry Basil Jam, Washington , Wild Foraged Beach Plum Preserve, New York , Strawberry Lemon Verbena Preserves & Apricot Lemon Thyme Preserves, Missouri , Hawaii Fruit Paste – Passion Fruit, Hawaii , Aronia Haskap Fruit Spread, Columbia Star-Aronia-Lavender Fruit Spread & Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread, Oregon , Peach NC Apple Brandy Butter, North Carolina , Strawberry, Blueberry, and Jalapeño Jam, Georgia , Sour Plum and Sage, Montana , Quince Paste, Oregon , Raspberry Rose Jam, California , Ume Plum Jam, California
    , Boldt Genever Style Gin, California , Baby Blue, Texas , Citrus Forward Gin, New York , Roundstone Rye 80 Proof & Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, Virginia , White Lightning, North Carolina , American Single Malt, Colorado , Calisaya & Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto, Oregon , Flying Pepper Tobago Infused Vodka, North Carolina , Amaro Aplomado, California , Single Estate Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum, Georgia , Sloe Gin, California , Expedition Rum, Missouri , Bourbon, New York , Aquavit & Wayward Whiskey Bourbon, California , Boreal Juniper Gin & Boreal Cedar Gin, Minnesota , Treos Brandy, Oregon

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD FOUNDATION

The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Collaborative.

VERMONT CHEESEMAKERS TAKE HOME 41 RIBBONS

AT THE 34 th ANNUAL AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY COMPETITION

Winners Announced on July 28 in Denver Colorado

The 2017 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 40 ribbons, including Best of Show for Tarentaise Reserve from Spring Brook Farm/ Farms for City Kids in Reading, VT and a third-place Best of Show finish for Harbison created by The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

Randolph, VT, (July 30, 2017): The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, announced that Vermont cheesemakers took home 41 ribbons for 13 cheesemakers and companies at the 34 th annual American Cheese Society competition in Denver, Colorado Friday evening. Two Vermont cheeses were honored for being Best of Show Winners including a first- place win for Tarentaise Reserve from Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation in Reading, VT and a third-place for Harbison from Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. Since its founding in 1983, ACS hosts North America’s foremost annual cheese-based educational conference, and world-renowned cheese judging and competition. This year’s competition included 2024 entries from across North America. This year’s event titled “Cheese with Altitude” was located in Denver Colorado, the home of the American Cheese Society. The conference alternates each year between coasts and the middle of the country. Next year’s event will take place in Pittsburgh, PA., bringing the event “back east.”

A record number of Vermont cheesemakers – 30 in total – submitted cheeses to be judged at the prestigious competition this year, due in part to the VCC’s sponsorship programs for ACS membership and entry fee reimbursement. The VCC sponsored Vermont cheesemakers’ ACS entry fees to support their efforts in showcasing their cheese in a competition setting. This year, there were 2024 cheeses from around the US in the competition. All competitors are given judging notes for their products which are helpful in evaluating the cheeses and in some cases, improving the quality of production of cheeses. The VCC finds this aspect of the competition an invaluable educational tool for its members.

Winning Cheeses from Vermont

  • Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT, Tarentaise Reserve, First Place, Best in Show
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill Farms, Greensboro, VT, Harbison, Third Place for Best in Show.
  • Blythedale Farm, Corinth, VT Camembert Vermont, third place
  • Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls: Smoked Goud, second place, Gisele, second place
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT, MA: Cabot Salted Butter, second place Cabot Sour Cream, third place (tie) Lamberton, third place Cabot Vintage Choice Cheddar, second place (tie) Old School Cheddar, third place (tie) Cabot Cottage Cheese, second place Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar, second place Cabot Pepper Jack, third place, Cabot Monterrey Jack, third place
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Harbison, first place in Category, third place in Best of Show, Moses Sleeper, second place Alpha Tolman, second place Cabot Clothbound Select Cheddar, third place (tie) Greensward, first place with Murray’s Cheese
  • Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet, VT: Rupert, second place Slyboro, second place Goatlet, first place with Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fairy Tale Farm, Bridport, VT: Barbegazi, third place
  • Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton, VT: Bandaged Bismark, third place with Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY:
  • Maplebrook Farm, Bennington, VT: Ricotta Alta, second place, Burrata, second place Handmade Mozzarella, third place
  • Neighborly Farms, Randolph Center, VT: Organic Colby, second place
  • Parish Hill Creamery, West Westminster, VT: Reverie, third place
  • Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT : Reading Raclette, first place, Tarentaise Reserve, first place in Category and first place in Best in Show, Project X, third place with Murray’s Cheese
  • Vermont Creamery, Websterville: Crème Fraiche, first place, Bonne Bouche, third place Coupole, third place Unsalted Cultured Butter, first place Cultured Butter with Sea Salt and Maple, third place (tie)
  • Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, Woodstock, VT: Governors Cheddar, second place Lille Colummiers Bebe, second place(tie)
  • von Trapp Farmstead, Waitsfield, VT: Mt. Alice, third place.

For a comprehensive list of the 2017 American Cheese Society winners, visit CheeseJudging.org.

The state of Vermont, celebrated for its focus on family agriculture, small farms, and Vermont-made products, including cheese, boasts more cheese companies per capita than any other state in the nation. There are currently 50 members of the Vermont Cheese Council making over 225 varieties of cheese. Cheesemakers range in size from producers for local farmers markets to producers selling in regional, national and international markets. Cheesemaking represents 650 million dollars in revenue for Vermont companies.

The 2016 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 35 ribbons, including Best of Show third place finish for Greensward created by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT in conjunction with Murray’s Cheese Shop in New York City.

The Vermont Cheese Council is a statewide membership based organization with 50 principal cheese producing members and over 20 associate members. The VCC is committed to promoting the advancement and quality of Vermont cheese through promotion, education and strong peer to peer support. The organization has been in existence since 1992. For more information, please contact: Tom Bivins, Executive Director at [email protected] or call 802-451-8564 or visit the Vermont Cheese Council website at www.vtcheese.com.

/>ANNOUNCING THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS OF 2018

Congratulations to the outstanding 279 food & drink crafters from 40 states and Washington, DC

San Francisco, CA ( November 7, 2017 ) — The Good Food Foundation is proud to announce the 279 companies in the running for a Good Food Award in 2018. The Finalists represent not just the best of America’s food movement, but the qualities we love most about this country: our rich cultural diversity, vibrant agricultural landscape, and the creativity and integrity of its small business owners.

The 15 categories the Good Food Awards celebrate – from spirits to cheese to coffee – comprise over $200 billion of America’s gross domestic product, a greater portion than the cattle and pork industries combined. The 2018 Finalists represent the vanguard in each of their industries, setting new standards for gastronomic excellence as well as social and environmental practices that have over time proven to be adopted by the rest of the industry. Each Finalist rose to the top in a blind tasting of 2,057 entires, and also passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they meet Good Food Awards standards regarding supply chain transparency, environmentally sound agricultural practices, humane animal husbandry and deep community engagement.

Amongst their ranks are Mehdi Boujrada of Villa Jerada, who brings the flavors of his childhood home in Morocco to Seattle Mark Sanfilippo of Salume Beddu, who crafts Tuscan – style salami in Saint Louis and Ayako lino, who combines Japanese tradition with California plums to make her ume pickles, syrups, and preserves. All of the Finalists – including 162 companies ( 58% ) that have never won before – partner with hundreds of farmers, ranchers and fisherman to actively build a better food system.

The Winners will be announced on Friday, January 19, 2018, at a gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial followed by two days of celebration including the public Good Food Awards Marketplace ( $5 ) and the industry-only Good Food Mercantile ( $35 ). A limited number of tickets are available to join the Winners and honorary host Alice Waters, pioneer of the food movement, at the Awards Ceremony ( $165 ).

The Good Food Awards are organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3. The Presenting Sponsor is the Good Food Merchants Collaborative, comprised of 22 of the country’s top independently-owned retailers from Austin to Oakland to Sioux Falls, all of whom are committed to supporting America’s great food crafters. Joining them is a vibrant group of key supporters, including Premier Sponsors Williams-Sonoma, Bi-Rite Market, Vermont Cheese Council and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture and Lead Sponsors Dominic Phillips Event Marketing, Impact HUB Bay Area, Gamut SF, Ten Speed Press, The Perennial and Veritable Vegetable Special thanks to the Collaborative Members:

  • Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
  • Bi-Rite Market
  • Canyon Market Cowgirl Creamery Cured
  • Di Bruno Bros.
  • Each Peach Market
  • Foragers Market
  • Glen’s Garden Market
  • Good Earth Natural Foods
  • The Greene Grape
  • Healdsburg SHED
  • JM Stock Provisions
  • Liberty Heights Fresh
  • Look’s Market
  • Market Hall Foods
  • Palace Market
  • Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
  • TASTE
  • Washington’s Green Grocer
  • Woodstock Farmers’ Market
  • Zingerman’s Family of Businesses

The full list of Finalists is here, and tickets for the Good Food Awards weekend are here.

    , Sixteen Counties, Maine , Apricot de Brettaville & Lavender Honey, California , Rhuty, Washington , Farm Hand, Michigan , Elmorado IPA, Oregon , Cherryland, California , Organic IPA, California , Amber Ale, Oregon , Dreadnut Tropical Stout, Oregon , Farm’s Edge: Alexis, Farm’s Edge: Brumley Forest & Farm’s Edge: Dinnsen’s Orchard, North Carolina , Hill 88 Double IPA, California , My Turn Latif Double Chocolate Stout, Wisconsin , Pacific Rain Pale Ale, Oregon , Savant Beersel & Glitter and Gold, Missouri , Tidings Ale, Virginia , Honey Kolsch, Oregon, Flanders Red Ale, California , Scotch Ale & IPA, Texas , Love Me Long Time Bohemian Pilsner, New Hampshire

CHARCUTERIE

    , Picante Salami & Lomo, North Carolina , Coppa & Country Pate, Utah , Duck Liver Mousse, California , Smoked Coppa, New York , Campo Seco, New York , Calabrese, Colorado , Hot Capicola, West Virginia , Salametto Piccante & Soppressata, California , Soppressata, New York with San Giuseppe Salami Co., Sweet Sopressata & Spanish Style Chorizo, North Carolina , Saucisson Sec Basque, New York , Culatello, Illinois , Chorizo El Rey & Green Peppercorn Pate, Oregon , Holy Cow! Beef Dry Salami Sticks, Illinois , Finocchiona, Missouri , Milano Salami, California , Sobrasada Mallorca, Fuet & Chorizo, Oregon , Ghost Pepperoni, Wisconsin
    , Bent River, Minnesota , Whole Milk Basket Ricotta, California , Hawkins Haze, Tennessee , Campo & Winsome, North Carolina , Goat Milk Feta & Lorelei, Oregon , Glacier Blue, Sawtooth & Sleeping Beauty, Washington , Rupert, Vermont , Merry Goat Round Spruce Reserve, Maryland , Cascadian Frechette, Oregon , Prairie Tomme, Missouri , Adair, Indiana , Evalon & Cave Aged Chandoka, Wisconsin , Petit Nuage & Pecora Nocciola, Wisconsin , Rendezvous, Idaho , Taupinière, California , Bear Wallow, North Carolina , Fresh Goat Cheese, Wisconsin , Kunik, New York , Bay Blue, California , Cumberland, Tennessee , Tarentaise & Ashbrook, Vermont , Thomasville Tomme & Asher Blue, Georgia , Jersey Girl, Georgia , Kenne, California , Oma, Vermont , McKinley Clothbound Cheddar, California
    , Madagascar Sambirano Valley 70% Dark Chocolate, California , 70% Dark Chocolate Maya Mountain Spicy Chai, Massachusetts , Signature Collection Tumaco Dark Milk 60%, Florida , Cafe Mocha, Maryland , Guatemala, Verapaz 70% & Maya Mountain, Belize 70%, New Mexico , Brown Butter Bar, Oregon , 60% Espresso + Sea Salt, Colorado , Hacienda Azul, Costa Rica, California , Salted Malted Milk Chocolate, New York , 73% Northerner Blend, California , Caramelized Coconut and Golden Mylk Bar, California , Tanzania 70%, Michigan , Milk Chocolate Quinoa Crunch, Brown Butter Milk 43% & Wild Bolivia 74%, New York , Esmeraldas 70%, Massachusetts , Big Island, Ohio , Peru San Martin Milk Chocolate 55%, Minnesota , 70% Signature Blend, The Salty Cow & 67% Madagascar, Missouri , Vanilla Bar 70%, Utah , Coffee and Coconut Milk, Arizona , Peru 70%, Georgia
    , First Flora, New York , Grand Cru Ciaison & Chester Hoppearcot, Colorado , Allegheny Gold, Virginia , Serendipity & Levity, Virginia , Traditional Cider, Perry & Wild Fermented Cider, Washington , 2015 Honey Crisp Iced Cider, Vermont , Golden Rule, California , Pronoia, Vermont , You’ve Guava Be Kidding Me & Proper Dry, California , Blue Hewe, Washington , First Fruit, Virginia , Newtown Pippin, California , Chojuro Asian Pear Perry, Washington , Shacksbury Dry, Vermont , Old Time Cider, New York , Colorado Heritage Blend, Colorado , Sage, Oregon
    , Ethiopia Idido, California , Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Konga, Pennsylvania , Ethiopia Gedeb, Montana , Ethiopia Hambela Alaka, California , Ethiopia Hambela, Missouri , Ethiopia Hambela Kirite Organic, Washington , Ethiopia Banko Gotiti Coffee, California , Ethiopia Amaro Gayo, New Hampshire , Ethiopia Sidama Ardi, Colorado , Organic Ethiopia Tikur Anbessa, California , Gedeb Lot 83 Ethiopia Natural, Wisconsin , El Willay, Illinois , Limu Dabesa, Ethiopia, Virginia , Ethiopian ‘Bishan Fugu’, Oregon , Ethiopian Guji – Organic – Natural Process, Texas , Ethiopian Buku, Arkansas , Kayon Mountain Estate, Ethiopia, New Jersey , Ethiopia Hambela Kirite, Colorado , Organic Ethiopia Kossa Geshe & Organic Ethiopia Natural Amaro, California , Ethiopia Shakiso, Florida , Ethiopia Organic Guji Shakiso, Georgia , Ethiopia Kayon Mountain Guji Dry, Montana , Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora Farm, New Jersey , Ethiopia Shakiso Mormora, Pennsylvania , Ethiopia Gotiti, California , Ethiopia Ardi, Oklahoma , Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural Daniel Miju, Washington

CONFECTIONS

    , Matcha Mint Bar, Oregon , French Silk, California , Earl Grey & Almond Crisp, Oregon , Sunflower Crunch Cup, North Carolina , Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup with Maldon Sea Salt, New York , Green Tea and Roasted Rice Parallel Bar, Pennsylvania , Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Ganache & Orange Star Anise, North Carolina , Original Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce, Vermont , Peanut Butter Coconut Chili, California , Dark Chocolate Sauce & Caramel Sauce, Washington , Brown Butter Bourbon Caramels, New York , Harmony Gourmet Snacking Cacao, Washington , Silk Road Halvah, Massachusetts , Citrus Spice Caramels, Virginia , California Candy Cap Caramels, California , Coconut Dream Bar & Mayan Spice Bar, Wisconsin , Lemon Burst, California , Almond Crunch, Illinois , Dark Chocolate Espresso Krispies, California , Browned Butter Bar, Missouri , Salted Maple Pecan Caramel, Vermont , Cardamom Rose Caramel Sauce, Florida , EMJ, California
    , Citrus and Juniper Shrub, California , Black Pepper Rich Simple Syrup, New York , Pine Syrup, Colorado , Chicory Pecan Bitters & Classic Greek Rose Cordial, Louisiana , Chai Pear Shrub & Blueberry Rosemary Shrub, Virginia , Rhubarb + Basil Shrub & Tomato + Basil Shrub, Minnesota , Ruby Spiced Apple Shrub, Washington , Summer Botanical Tonic Syrup, California , Pomegranate Jalapeño Shrub, California , The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters, Oregon , Embitterment Chocolate Bitters, District of Columbia , Cassia Kream, New York , Ginger Syrup, Massachusetts , Bloody Mary Elixir, California , English Cucumber, Lime & Mint Shrub, Washington , Rose Syrup, Maine , Plum Shiso Shrub, California Poached Pear Shrub, Illinois , Just Grapefruit, District of Columbia , Spiced Orchard Shrub, Illinois , Raspberry Syrup, Michigan , Haystackers Switchel, Vermont , Ume Plum Syrup, California
    , Hardwood Hot Smoked Columbia River Chinook Salmon, Oregon , Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil, California , Cajun-Cured Salmon, Washington , Mediterranean (Solid White Albacore Tuna), Washington , Traditional Cold Smoked Salmon, Texas with Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Canned Pink Salmon, Washington , Smoked Trout & Smoked Black Cod, California , Jordan’s Chef Reserve & Wild Cold Smoked Salmon, California , Smoked McFarlands Spring Trout, California , Smoked Canned Geoduck, Alaska
    , Dark Kiawe Honey, Hawaii , Allegheny Fall Fallopia Wildflower Honey, Pennsylvania , California Avocado Honey, California , Gold Star Gold, Maine , Summer Honey, Massachusetts , Honey, Virginia , Pioneer Square & Sauvie Island, Oregon
  • MD Queen Bee, Summer Bloom, Maryland , Sourwood Honeycomb, Georgia , Honey, Pennsylvania , Wild Michigan Wildflower Honey, Michigan , Bourbon Barrel Aged Honey, Texas , Snowberry Rose, Washington , Wildflower Honey, Georgia , Honey, Georgia , Tree Blossom Honey- Heath Ceramics, California
    , California Mission Blood Orange, California , Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California , Hot Virgin Jalapeno Olive Oil, California , Organic Basil Crush, California , Extra Virgin Frantoio Grove Oil, California , Titi’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, California , Mission Oil & Mangini Ranch Estate Blend Oil, California , Traditional Blend Olive Oil, California , Pecan Oil, Georgia , Organic Arbequina Olive Oil, California , EVOO Tuscan Blend, California
    , Vidalia Chutney, Georgia , Country Miso, California , Garlic Relish, California , Roasted Tomatillo Salsa, Michigan , Bay Leaf Brown Butter, New York , Green: Fire Roasted Green Chile Sauce, Oregon , Ole Mole, California , Sesame Tahini Dressing, Maryland , Organic Maple Syrup, New York , Fresh Basil Grlk, Minnesota , K-Mama Sauce, Minnesota , Tomato and White Sultana Chutney, New Jersey , Grass-Fed Goat Milk Ghee, Washington , Organic Pepita Sun Seed Butter, Michigan , ‘Nduja Spread, Illinois , Dust Foothills Chili Sauce, North Carolina , Habanero #HUSTLE, North Dakota , Rye Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Vermont , Sambal Satay, California , Peanut Butter, Rhode Island , Sonny’s Spicy Eggplant Kasundi, Washington , The Original Almond Butter, California , Sweet Heat Tomato, California , Chermoula, Washington , Spiced Beet Vinegar, New Hampshire
    , Grapefruit + Hibiscus + Heather Kombucha, California , Mint Lemonade, Oregon , Green Papaya Thai Kimchi, California , Pineapple Cilantro Kombucha, Ohio , Nettle Kraut, North Carolina , Hearts on Fire, New York , Spice Market Beans, Rhode Island , Cajun Okra, District of Columbia , Grandma’s Bloody Pickles, Minnesota , Glow Kraut, Maryland , MJ’s Bread and Butter Pickle & MJ’s Basil Bread and Butter Pickle, Washington , Cumin Jalapeño Sauerkraut, Washington , Lemon Verbena Hop-Pickles & Fenn Shui, California , Sauerkraut, Nebraska , Garlic Dill Pickle, Massachusetts , Pickled Green Plums, Oregon , Curried Carrot Pickles, Montana , Vashon Island Pickles, Washington , Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms, California , Seed and Salt, California , Dill Pickle Sauerkraut & Galaxy Rose Sauerkraut, Michigan , Shiso Leaf Kimchi & Low Country Kimchi, South Carolina
    , Tahitian Lime Ginger Jelly & Passionfruit Jalapeño, Hawaii , Wild Thimbleberry Jam & Chili Jam, Missouri , Olallaberry Jam, Utah , Strawberry Hibiscus Jam, Maryland , Wild Blueberry and Thyme, Vermont , Jim’s Raspberry Jalapeno Pepper Jam, Pennsylvania , Honey Citrus Marmalade, North Carolina , Roasted Strawberry Preserves, North Carolina , Apricot Up in the Moment, California , Strawberry Basil Jam, Washington , Wild Foraged Beach Plum Preserve, New York , Strawberry Lemon Verbena Preserves & Apricot Lemon Thyme Preserves, Missouri , Hawaii Fruit Paste – Passion Fruit, Hawaii , Aronia Haskap Fruit Spread, Columbia Star-Aronia-Lavender Fruit Spread & Spiced Marionberry Fruit Spread, Oregon , Peach NC Apple Brandy Butter, North Carolina , Strawberry, Blueberry, and Jalapeño Jam, Georgia , Sour Plum and Sage, Montana , Quince Paste, Oregon , Raspberry Rose Jam, California , Ume Plum Jam, California
    , Boldt Genever Style Gin, California , Baby Blue, Texas , Citrus Forward Gin, New York , Roundstone Rye 80 Proof & Roundstone Rye 92 Proof, Virginia , White Lightning, North Carolina , American Single Malt, Colorado , Calisaya & Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto, Oregon , Flying Pepper Tobago Infused Vodka, North Carolina , Amaro Aplomado, California , Single Estate Virgin Coastal Georgia Rum, Georgia , Sloe Gin, California , Expedition Rum, Missouri , Bourbon, New York , Aquavit & Wayward Whiskey Bourbon, California , Boreal Juniper Gin & Boreal Cedar Gin, Minnesota , Treos Brandy, Oregon

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD AWARDS

The Good Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Now in its eighth year, awards will be given to winners in 15 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, fish, honey, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves and spirits. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD FOUNDATION

The Good Food Awards is organized by the Good Food Foundation 501 (c) 3, formerly known as Seedling Projects, in collaboration with a broad community of food crafters, grocers, chefs, food writers, activists and passionate food-lovers. The Good Food Foundation is also the organizing force behind the Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Collaborative.

VERMONT CHEESEMAKERS TAKE HOME 41 RIBBONS

AT THE 34 th ANNUAL AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY COMPETITION

Winners Announced on July 28 in Denver Colorado

The 2017 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 40 ribbons, including Best of Show for Tarentaise Reserve from Spring Brook Farm/ Farms for City Kids in Reading, VT and a third-place Best of Show finish for Harbison created by The Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

Randolph, VT, (July 30, 2017): The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, announced that Vermont cheesemakers took home 41 ribbons for 13 cheesemakers and companies at the 34 th annual American Cheese Society competition in Denver, Colorado Friday evening. Two Vermont cheeses were honored for being Best of Show Winners including a first- place win for Tarentaise Reserve from Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation in Reading, VT and a third-place for Harbison from Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT.

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. Since its founding in 1983, ACS hosts North America’s foremost annual cheese-based educational conference, and world-renowned cheese judging and competition. This year’s competition included 2024 entries from across North America. This year’s event titled “Cheese with Altitude” was located in Denver Colorado, the home of the American Cheese Society. The conference alternates each year between coasts and the middle of the country. Next year’s event will take place in Pittsburgh, PA., bringing the event “back east.”

A record number of Vermont cheesemakers – 30 in total – submitted cheeses to be judged at the prestigious competition this year, due in part to the VCC’s sponsorship programs for ACS membership and entry fee reimbursement. The VCC sponsored Vermont cheesemakers’ ACS entry fees to support their efforts in showcasing their cheese in a competition setting. This year, there were 2024 cheeses from around the US in the competition. All competitors are given judging notes for their products which are helpful in evaluating the cheeses and in some cases, improving the quality of production of cheeses. The VCC finds this aspect of the competition an invaluable educational tool for its members.

Winning Cheeses from Vermont

  • Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT, Tarentaise Reserve, First Place, Best in Show
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill Farms, Greensboro, VT, Harbison, Third Place for Best in Show.
  • Blythedale Farm, Corinth, VT Camembert Vermont, third place
  • Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls: Smoked Goud, second place, Gisele, second place
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot, VT, MA: Cabot Salted Butter, second place Cabot Sour Cream, third place (tie) Lamberton, third place Cabot Vintage Choice Cheddar, second place (tie) Old School Cheddar, third place (tie) Cabot Cottage Cheese, second place Cabot Jalapeno Light Cheddar, second place Cabot Pepper Jack, third place, Cabot Monterrey Jack, third place
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro, VT: Harbison, first place in Category, third place in Best of Show, Moses Sleeper, second place Alpha Tolman, second place Cabot Clothbound Select Cheddar, third place (tie) Greensward, first place with Murray’s Cheese
  • Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet, VT: Rupert, second place Slyboro, second place Goatlet, first place with Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY
  • Fairy Tale Farm, Bridport, VT: Barbegazi, third place
  • Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton, VT: Bandaged Bismark, third place with Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn, NY:
  • Maplebrook Farm, Bennington, VT: Ricotta Alta, second place, Burrata, second place Handmade Mozzarella, third place
  • Neighborly Farms, Randolph Center, VT: Organic Colby, second place
  • Parish Hill Creamery, West Westminster, VT: Reverie, third place
  • Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading, VT : Reading Raclette, first place, Tarentaise Reserve, first place in Category and first place in Best in Show, Project X, third place with Murray’s Cheese
  • Vermont Creamery, Websterville: Crème Fraiche, first place, Bonne Bouche, third place Coupole, third place Unsalted Cultured Butter, first place Cultured Butter with Sea Salt and Maple, third place (tie)
  • Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, Woodstock, VT: Governors Cheddar, second place Lille Colummiers Bebe, second place(tie)
  • von Trapp Farmstead, Waitsfield, VT: Mt. Alice, third place.

For a comprehensive list of the 2017 American Cheese Society winners, visit CheeseJudging.org.

The state of Vermont, celebrated for its focus on family agriculture, small farms, and Vermont-made products, including cheese, boasts more cheese companies per capita than any other state in the nation. There are currently 50 members of the Vermont Cheese Council making over 225 varieties of cheese. Cheesemakers range in size from producers for local farmers markets to producers selling in regional, national and international markets. Cheesemaking represents 650 million dollars in revenue for Vermont companies.

The 2016 ACS competition saw 13 Vermont cheesemakers awarded 35 ribbons, including Best of Show third place finish for Greensward created by Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, VT in conjunction with Murray’s Cheese Shop in New York City.


Welch’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Juice is a family favorite that’s sure to make any celebration even sweeter.

Greatness starts with caring a little more — and then giving a whole lot. Behind the greatness of Welch’s lies over 700 American farming families, cultivating the mighty Concord grape in bitter cold winters. And the result is not just delicious juices, jellies, and spreads, but a difference you can taste.


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Associated Buyers Table Top Show Guide Welcome to Table Of Contents Associated Buyers Annual Table Top Show Welcome . 2 Shipping Info . 2 How to Place Orders . 3 In this guide you will find a listing of Vendors that are attending the show, Vendor Listing . 4 a list of Brands that will be on sale, Area Map . 6 and featured show deals. Show Deals . 26 We hope you enjoy yourself - Holiday/Bulk/Body Care . 49 And don’t forget to take AB Market . 50 advantage of the great deals! Show Reminders . 51 SHIPPING RULES & NOTES Note: Not all products/brands are released at the same time • Show orders will ship by June 1, pending vendor stock availability • Orders placed at the show will be shipped when product is “released” (available) by the vendor. • All orders must be accepted within 30 days of product availability • You will receive a phone call or email from your inside sales representative letting you know which orders are ready to be shipped. • Orders will be combined to meet minimum requirements for delivery. • You may defer shipping one time only. • No Draw Down Options Available. • Please order only what you are prepared to receive. Absolutely NO RETURNS or CANCELLATIONS on SHOW ORDERS. 2 2 Contact Us

- How to Place Orders - Order Kiosks are available for electronic ordering An electronic file will be available to place orders 1.) Fill in your AB Customer Number (This will be printed on your badge) 2.) Enter your name (Only Authorized buyers are allowed to place orders) 3.) Enter your email address (for order confirmations) 4.) Choose your items (you can choose by booth #, or Brand Name) 5.) Enter the order quantity (all orders are CASE ONLY) 6.) Review Order (You can check the total $ at the top) 7.) Click Confirm (this will send your order electronically to us) 8.) If you would like a print out of your order, please ask Keep in mind, you can place multiple orders on one sheet by filtering by booth or brand. You can also print a copy of your orders! Don’t worry, someone from AB will be there to help you if you need! Mailing/Shipping Address PO Box 399 • 50 Commerce Way 2018 Table Top Show Barrington, NH 03825 2017 Table Top Show Contacts Order Form Customer Service - 603-664-5656 Order Form Enter AB Cust # Email: [email protected] Store Name: Confirm Delivery Street: Buyer Name: Please enter/print the Delivery Town: name of the authorized buyer. Clear Delivery ZIP: Person Authorizing Order: Delivery State: Email for Submission Confirm: Phone: TOTAL ORDER 9 $182.16 Booth # Brand Item# ItemDescription Category Pack Size Case Quantity Unit Price Show Discount Show Unit Price Show Case Price Case Order Order $ 12345 Generic Brand 1122 Generic Product 1 GROC 2.6 OZ 12 2.51 25% 1.88 22.56 1 $22.56 12345 Generic Brand 1123 Generic Product 2 GROC 2.6 OZ 12 2.51 25% 1.88 22.56 2 $45.12 12345 Generic Brand 1124 Generic Product 3 GROC 2.6 OZ 12 2.51 125% 1.88 22.56 3 $67.68 45678 G. Brands 5252 Cool Product 1 GROC 12/3.5 OZ 12 1.49 25% 1.12 13.44 1 $13.44 45678 G. Brands 5353 Cool Product 2 GROC 12/4.4 OZ 12 1.85 25% 1.39 16.68 2 $33.36 Order Forms will also be available at the vendor’s tables Please fill out the form completely for items you wish to purchase Please do not duplicate orders Drop off completed forms at the information booth ALL SHOW DEALS/ORDERS ARE CASE ONLY 3

Vendor List Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery Effie’s Homemade Ajiri Tea Company Elements Snacks Who’s Coming. a list of vendors you will see at the show Alaffia Encore Specialty Foods Annies Pure & Simple Eurobubblies Anya’s Licorice Inc Euro-Usa Trading Co.,Inc. Appalachian Naturals Evy Tea Aralia Olive Oils Fat Toad Farm, LLC Artisan Beverage Cooperative Fentimans North America Inc Aurora Mills & Farms LLC Field Trip Jerky Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream Fillo Factory Bascom Maple Farms, Inc. Five Way Foods Batch Ice Cream Food Match Inc Baycliff Company, Inc. Fourth Creek Belgravia Imports Free Bread Benitos Hot Sauce, LLC Frontier Soups Better Life Fusion Gourmet Inc Big Bang Beverages (Wubba Water) Geefree Bitter Love Gelato Fiasco Blake Hill Preserves Ginger People Bola Granola Global Village Cuisine Bread & Chocolate (Silly Cow) Goodness Gracious, LLC British Wholesale Imports Granny Squibb Co. LLC Bruce Cost Greek Gourmet Ltd Buzzagogo LLC Green Bee Soda Caste Castella Imports, Inc Gus Catania-Spagna Corp Harbar, LLC (Maria & Ricardos) Cento Fine Foods Harbor Sweets Chi Kitchen Haymaker Beverage Co. Chicago Importing Co. Hellenic Farms LLC Chocolate Hollow LLC Herrell’s Development Corp Cideroad, LLC Himalasalt Clearbrook Foods LLC Homefree Cobb Hill Frozen Yogurt Hubbard Peanut Co., Inc Colewillaidan It’ll Be Pizza, LLC Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery Japan Gold Usa Culinary Collective Jelina Chocolatier Dancing Deer Baking Co. Inc. Jfc International Inc. Deep River Snacks Joan’s Gf Great Bakes, Inc Del Conte Sauces LLC Just Goods, Inc Dosha Brands LLC Kalahari Foods LLC Dufour Pastry Kitchens Kikkoman International Inc Durafresh Kimino Drinks, Inc Eastland Food Corp Kitchen Table Bakers 4 4 Eden Foods Inc. La Preferida, Inc.

Vendor List La Tourangelle Inc Regenies Lakeside Foods Rhapsody Natural Foods Lark Fine Foods Rise Brewing Co. Lazy Bear Foods Inc Royal Rose Syrups Macro Vegetarian Runamok Maple, LLC Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Salud Beverages, LLC Maine Grains Saw Mill Site Farm Maine Pie Co. Sfoglini LLC Maine Root, LLC. Small Batch Organics Maine Sea Salt Co. Smith And Salmon, Inc. (SAP!) Makomas Something Sweet W/Out Wheat Maple Nut Kitchen, L.L.C. South County LLC (SoCo Creamery) Marukan Vinegar U.S.A. Inc. Sugar Bobs McVities T.W. Garner Food Co, Merrimack Valley Apiaries, Inc (Crystals Honey) The Kitchen Garden L.L.C. Mina The Konery LLC Monfefo The Living Apothecary Mothers Mountain The Rogers Collection Motto Tofutti My Pet Enterprises, Inc. Top This Pizza Crusts, Inc. Nantucket Pasta Goddess Tria Foods (Kyknos) Native Brands Company Undercover Chocolate Co LLC New England Natural Bakers Up Mountain Switchel Who’s Coming. a list of vendors you will see at the show New Hope Network Urban Accents Northern Spirulina Urbani Truffles USA Nutraceutical (Honey Gardens) Vasinee Food Corp Ocean Approved LLC Venus Wafers, Inc.(Mariner) Ocean’s Balance Inc Vermont Coffee Company Organic Living Superfoods Vermont Kale Chips Owl’s Brew Vermont Nut Free Chocolate Pacific Resources Int. Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Co Paino Organics, LLC Vermont Tortilla Company Papou’s Kitchen Vital Eats Patel’s Cuisine Vor Inc Perfectly Free Wagatha’s Pierre Biscuiterie LLC Walpole Creamery, Ltd. Pocas International Corp Watcharee Popzup, LLC Westminster & Lucy’s Pure 7 White Oak Farm and Table Preserve Wing Time Pride India Inc Wood’s Vermont Syrup Co Real Pickles Yaya Organics L.L.C. Red Duck Foods Zen Bear 5 5 Please check with AB Staff if you are looking for a particular vendor - Additional Vendors may have been added after this booklet was printed

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I found my spark. “Expo East is the perfect opportunity for me to meet and connect with other peers in the industry. Every year I find myself discovering new trends and innovative products that I cannot wait to get my hands on! I always leave Expo East feeling motivated and determined to shape the future of the natural products industry.” Kim Osborne The Common Bond Market Education & Events September 12–15, 2018 Trade Show September 13–15, 2018 Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, MD USA Register online at expoeast.com Questions? Contact us at 1.866.458.4935 or 1.303.390.1776 | [email protected] Produced by: Co-located with: 10 10 EE18AssociatedBuyers_FP.indd 1 2/15/18 8:42 AM

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-What’s on Sale - Show Deals - Vendor Name Discount Vendor Name Discount Abilyn’s Frozen Bakery see table Clearbrook Foods LLC 35% Ajiri Tea Company see table Cobb Hill Frozen Yogurt 25% Alaffia 15% Cole’s 30% Annies Pure & Simple 20% Cucina Aurora Kitchen Witchery 20% Anya’s Licorice Inc 20% Culinary Collective 20%-30% Show Deals Appalachian Naturals 25% Dancing Deer Baking Co. Inc. 25% Aralia Olive Oils 25% Deep River Snacks 20% Artisan Beverage Cooperative 30% Del Conte Sauces LLC 20% Aurora Mills & Farms LLC see table Dosha Brands LLC 20% Bart’s Homemade Ice Cream 20% Dufour Pastry Kitchens 25% Bascom Maple Farms, Inc. 25% Durafresh 25% Batch Ice Cream 25% Eastland Food Corp 20% Baycliff Company, Inc. 25% Eden Foods Inc. 25% Belgravia Imports 25% Effie’s Homemade 30% Benitos Hot Sauce, LLC 40% Elements Snacks 25% Better Life 25% Encore Specialty Foods 20% Big Bang Beverages (Wubba Water) 25% Eurobubblies 20% Bitter Love 25% Euro-Usa Trading Co.,Inc. 25% Blake Hill Preserves 30% Evy Tea 40% Bola Granola see table Fat Toad Farm, LLC 20% Bread & Chocolate (Silly Cow) 20% Fentimans North America Inc 25% British Wholesale Imports 25% Field Trip Jerky 30% Bruce Cost 50% Fillo Factory 25% Buzzagogo 25% Five Way Foods 20% Caste Castella Imports, Inc 20% Food Match Inc 30% Catania-Spagna Corp 15% Fourth Creek 40% Cento Fine Foods 30-40% Free Bread 25% Chi Kitchen 25% Frontier Soups 25% Chicago Importing Co. 25-30% Fusion Gourmet Inc 20% Chocolate Hollow LLC 25% Geefree 30% 26 Cideroad, LLC 35% Gelato Fiasco 30% 26 26

-What’s on Sale - Show Deals - Vendor Name Discount Vendor Name Discount Ginger People 25% Macro Vegetarian 30% Global Village Cuisine 25% Maine Coast Sea Vegetables 20% Goodness Gracious, LLC 15% Maine Grains 20% Granny Squibb Co. LLC 20% Maine Pie Co. 20% Greek Gourmet Ltd 25% Maine Root, LLC. Green Bee Soda 25% Maine Sea Salt Co. 20% Green Mountain Salsa 25% Makomas 30% Gus 25% Maple Nut Kitchen, L.L.C. 25% Harbar, LLC 30% Marukan Vinegar U.S.A. Inc. 30% Harbor Sweets see table McVities 30% Haymaker Beverage Co. 25% Merrimack Valley Apiaries (Crystals) 20% Hellenic Farms LLC 25% Mina 25% Herrell’s Development Corp 30% Monfefo 20% Himalasalt 20% Mothers Mountain 20% Homefree 25% Motto 20% Hubbard Peanut Co., Inc 20% My Pet Enterprises, Inc. 20% It’ll Be Pizza, LLC 15% Nantucket Pasta Goddess 20% Japan Gold Usa 30% Native Brands Company 25% Jelina Chocolatier 25% Natural Value see table JFC International Inc. see table New England Natural Bakers 30% Joan’s Gf Great Bakes, Inc 25% Northern Spirulina 20% Just Goods, Inc 20% Nutraceutical (Honey Gardens) 25% 20% Show Deals Kalahari Foods LLC 25% Ocean Approved LLC 20% Kikkoman International Inc 20% Ocean’s Balance Inc 20% Kimino Drinks, Inc 20% Organic Living Superfoods 25% Kitchen Table Bakers 20% Owl’s Brew 20% La Preferida, Inc. 30% Pacific Resources Int. 25% La Tourangelle Inc 25% Paino Organics, LLC 25% Lark Fine Foods 20% Papou’s Kitchen see table Lazy Bear Foods Inc 25% Patel’s Cuisine 40% 27 2727 27 27

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Afternoon tea in London 2021

Looking for the best afternoon tea in London? Whether you want a home delivery or a more modern experience in one of the best restaurants in London, these are the best spots to enjoy a leisurely afternoon treat.

I t was in 1840 that the Duchess of Bedford shared her guilty secret of enjoying tea and snacks a few hours before dinner, setting a trend that would evolve to become a national tradition (more of which in our afternoon tea etiquette guide). Today, afternoon tea in London enjoys celebratory status. Flutes of Champagne and pretty pastries are a given, while exotic nibbles and potent cocktails mean that what now constitutes this most genteel of refreshments might well shock the Duchess of Bedford. We’ve sat down to countless cups of tea, finger sandwiches, scones and macarons to bring you our editors’ reviews of the best afternoon tea in London – from the traditional spreads to the modern interpretations that roll on into evening drinks.

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Best for: Original and quirky cakes and pastries

Propped up on the corner of Pont street in the smart Kensington and Chelsea neighbourhood as part of accessories designer Anya Hindmarch’s five neighbouring stores, this is a quintessentially British affair filled with coffee, tea and cakes galore. Take a seat on the sunny roadside terrace – this is Hindmarch’s take on the old-school café. The focal point is the glass counter lined with show-stopping baked goods, from sponge cakes and handmade biscuits to chocolate truffles, piped beautifully with rich icing in a vibrant mix of colours for you to drool over. The staff are dressed to impress in their suited uniform, which makes it feel as if you’ve stepped into a Fifties, diner-style coffee bar.

Everything here has been carefully considered and gives a nod to the brand, with its comical edge and trademark humour shining through the cheeky but chic menu. There’s a goofy Monster Cake and bright-yellow, layered lemon Smile Cake, traditional iced buns and a vegan banana loaf inspired by one of Hindmarch’s friends – creations that will make your eyes pop and transport you back in time to feel like a hungry child again. But the stars of the show have to be the Chubby Heart, a rich, chocolatey mousse cake with fresh raspberries covered in glossy red, and the mocha Chubby Cloud, with coffee and chocolate ganache. Indulgent, simply delicious and reminiscent of the supremo’s previous designs.

Pair the sugary treats with an iced coffee or creamy cappuccino, or choose from a selection of tea infusions to create your own afternoon-tea experience. For added opulence, raise a glass of Esterlin Champagne or a classic Manhattan cocktail. The attention to detail is excellent here, with charismatic charm resonating through all the little touches, from the cakes and interiors to the adorably wrapped sugar cubes and mini biscuits shaped and decorated as first-class stamps. Grab a box of Tea Cakes or Anya’s Family Favourite biscuits to take away – the packaging is too cute to resist and they make the perfect gift (or snack to dive into on the journey home). Cordelia Aspinall

Address: Anya Café, 9 Pont Street, London SW1X 0AD
Telephone: +44 20 4529 0924
Website: anyahindmarch.com

Best for: Parisian pastries

Le Comptoir Robuchon, named for the late French chef Joël Robuchon who earned 32 Michelin stars at his restaurants across the world, and opened by former members of his team, is where those seeking smart French food in W1 end up. Now, the restaurant’s Parisian-inspired sister deli has put a Francophile twist on the traditional British tea. Sure, there are finger sandwiches – although even these are given a French flavour, as ham and cheese are made with Emmental, and there is an aubergine, burrata and olive tapenade option. Pastries come in the form of buttery madeleines and vanilla mille feuilles, and if you upgrade the staff will tuck a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne in the hamper along with J Robuchon tea. The tea service is being delivered within a four-mile radius of the deli, but you need to pre-order with 24 hours’ notice – so plan ahead for this one. Sarah James

Address: Le Deli Robuchon, 82 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 8JA
Website: robuchonlondon.co.uk

Le Robuchon Deli offers delivery of their 'Teatime for two', £37 for two or £59 for afternoon tea and a half bottle of champagne Laurent Perrier brut. 24 hour notice is required.

Best for: a taste of classic Mayfair

There is something deliciously opulent about going to The Wolseley in the middle of the day. This Mayfair stalwart, swathed in gold with imposing chandeliers and arching pillars and black-and-cream tiles, is best-known for its lavish breakfasts, topping our edit of the best brunch in London. Head through the velvet curtain at the door on an afternoon, though, to find groups of smartly dressed people being served tea from silver pots by suited waiters in the grande-dame dining room.

On the afternoon-tea menu, classic finger sandwiches include smoked salmon and smoked chicken. The vegetarian selection is just as varied and delicious: no endless egg-and-cress here. Instead, there’s avocado, cucumber with mint, and celery with cream cheese, served on a variety of breads (sundried tomato, seeded and, our favourite, traditional, pillowy white). Second helpings are encouraged. Scones are of the fruity variety, kept warm under a cloche, to be topped with lashings of clotted cream and jam.

Pastries are surprisingly up-to-the-minute for a restaurant that trades so heavily (and so well) on old-school charm, and include a pistachio friand, baked cheesecake and a salted-caramel éclair. Be sure to share so you can try them all – there’s not a dud among them.

The Wolseley’s afternoon tea is delicious, and you will, undoubtedly, leave feeling uncomfortably full, as with all of the teas on this list. But something about being in the humming, clinking, tinkling dining room with its high ceilings and attentive – never over-bearing – staff makes it extra special.

Address: The Wolseley, 160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB
Website: thewolseley.com
Price: Afternoon tea, £29.75 Champagne afternoon tea, £40

The Wolseley deliver tea hampers, containing several of its most popular tea blends, shortbreads and a tea strainer, or opt for the Vintage Silver Tea Hamper for a silver-plated Edwardian or Art Deco teapot. From £100 via thewolseley.com

Best for: West London views

It’s difficult to focus on anything but the skyline at Oblix West, perched 32 levels up in the glassy Shard – a fact that happily hasn’t escaped them. Afternoon tea here is not about theatrics or gimmicks. No gilded trolleys, no smoke and mirrors there’s little in the way of ceremony. And thank goodness for that. This afternoon tea is about paying tribute to the city spread out like a fantastic brick carpet below.

Cranberry-stuffed scones are served with clotted cream and bay-leaf-seasoned jam, as well as a sticky cube of fresh honeycomb from Harrow bees. Coronation-chicken sandwiches are lined with mango and coriander in a nod to Brick Lane, and the cheese in the ham and cheese sandwiches comes from a local urban cheesemaker. But the sweet treats are the real highlight: the yuzu and grapefruit posset will have you studiously scooping up every last drop, while the orange and chocolate cake is refreshingly citrusy. They’re decadent without leaving you feeling like you’ve overdone it on the sugar.

The tea itself comes from further afield. A white-peony blend from China is delicate and grassy, hibiscus flowers from the Caribbean are perfumed and fruity, and a tea made from rare New Zealand manuka flowers grown in Cornwall is subtle and woody.

This is a great spot if you’re trying to impress visiting out-of-town relatives. The atmosphere is lively and diners err strongly on the smart side of the smart-casual dress code – although, truth be told, everyone will be too busy staring out the windows to take much notice that you’ve made an effort. By Olivia Holborow

Address: Oblix West, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Telephone: +44 20 7268 6700
Website: the-shard.com
Price: £42 per person

Best for: stretching out for a long afternoon beside the Thames

London today is as blessed with as many fine hotels, restaurants and tea houses in which to take afternoon tea as at any point in its history. Possibly even more of them. Nominating the best of the lot would be an impossible and unrealistic task, since so much depends on mood and whim and the exigencies of the moment. But in any case and under any circumstances The Savoy would have to be very, very, very near the top of such a list.

Service is lively, liveried and brisk, respectful but not fawning, attentive without being obtrusive, resolutely on the right side of stuffy. In short, it's spot-on. The tableware is pleasingly crisp of linen, silvery of pot and spoon, and floral of cup and saucer. Nor is there any faulting the foodstuffs. The obligatory finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes are impeccable the teas, from the house blend to the splendidly named Iron Buddha Oolong and Flowering Osmanthus, likewise.

The Savoy all but invented the thé dansant in its Thames Foyer, as it has become known. Despite its name, it's not actually very easy to see the Thames from here. (It's a different story from the suites above, which have river views to stagger the gods.) Yet there's a curiously riparian feel to the space, with its palette of pale greens, the light filtered softly through a splendid stained-glass dome, the staff eddying and flowing around the central gazebo, which itself seems to float on a bed of hydrangeas.

Address: The Savoy, The Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Telephone: +44 20 7836 4343
Website: fairmont.com
Price: Traditional afternoon tea, £65. Add a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV for £10 extra

Best for: smart tea connoisseurs

There is a very skilled art in creating such an iconic experience as afternoon tea at Claridge's without the event becoming a parody of itself. As one of the best hotels in London, this could become a tourist sideshow, something to 'tick off' the list. The skill in keeping its authenticity lies, as ever, with the staff who create this experience, keeping it a treat while keeping it real.

There are two sittings of early and late afternoon tea at Claridge's, set in the hotel's sensational Foyer (our recommendation - if you can get a table), or the more tucked-away Reading Room. Claridge's is known for its warm welcome to all, and we were instantly made to feel like part of the family. Tunes from the 1920s played by a pianist and cellist create the perfect backdrop, while the incredible Dale Chihuly chandelier hovered above our heads as a modern-day talking point.

From the extensive menu we chose a Tregothnan Earl Grey, blended with a blend from an ancient Cornish estate that has been around since 1335 and Darjeeling, the ɼhampagne of teas'. This is a great place to try something new - go with a recommendation from the knowledgeable staff.

Four types of bladed sandwiches arrived (our favourites were samphire and smoked salmon, and cucumber, chamomile and buttermilk) once weɽ polished those off, more appeared. But onto the good stuff: the highlight was the freshly-baked scones, plain, and raisin, with stick-to-your-spoon clotted cream and Marco Polo jam. Finally, cakes - and the passion fruit chocolate tart nearly finished us off.

There is an art to feeling looked after, and at Claridge's that art has been perfected. A long early-evening walk across Hyde Park is recommended to walk off the cake.

Address: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London[/link] W1
Telephone: +44 20 7629 8860
Website: claridges.co.uk
Price: From £70 per person

Hampers are available for delivery at £100 via claridges.slerp.com L’Epicerie Edition No.2 is a hamper of tea, coffee, condiments and treats made by Executive Chef Marttyn Nail in collaboration with the Rare Tea Company, featuring the bespoke blend served at the hotel’s iconic afternoon tea.

Best for: a classic afternoon tea – and still one of the best

Dressed in trademark eau-de-nil, right down to the tea plates, Fortnum & Mason's Tea Salon is a peaceful oasis (accessed in a lovely wood-panelled lift) off Piccadilly. An oasis of tea and cake! It seems as if it hasn't changed in decades, in a wonderfully old-world way, but in fact was refurbished and subsequently reopened by the Queen in 2012. It remains a traditional affair and, located on the fourth floor of the iconic Fortnum & Mason shop (where London afternoon teas have been served for almost 100 years), it's a delightful place to while away an afternoon.

And who knew there were so many different types of tea? If Willy Wonka ever swapped chocolate for tea, the menu might resemble that at the Tea Salon, listing around 45 fantastically-named infusions like Jasmine Dragon Pearls, Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe, and Hattialli, which takes its name from the Assamese words 'Hathi Alli', meaning ɾlephant Road'. Terrifically knowledgeable 'Tearistas' are on hand to help narrow down the choice.

Soft, warm scones are served with lashings of Somerset clotted cream and the most delicious raspberry, strawberry and wild blueberry jams which left us scraping the bottom of the jar. (Luckily, these can be bought in the shop downstairs.) The cake carriage is a feast for the eyes, with mini chocolate-mousse tarts and melt-in-your-mouth salted-caramel choux pastries. Finger sandwiches make a welcome savoury intervention from the sweet treats.

Address: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1
Telephone: +44 20 7734 8040
Website: fortnumandmason.com
Price: Fortnum's Afternoon Tea £52.50 (£56.50 with Rare Tea)

Fortnum & Mason's afternoon tea hampers vary in size and price, and might include Earl Grey shortbread, dark chocolate truffles, fruity preserves and a selection of teas.

Best for: party people

Created by restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and award-winning chef Pierre Gagnaire, much-hyped Sketch remains one of the most beautiful restaurants in London. But it’s at teatime – which actually starts at 11.30am – in the millennial-pink Gallery that the place really comes into its own. As sugary-sweet as the food, the setting feels a bit like the inside of a cupcake, and it’s a whole lot of fun.

Sketch thrives on its eccentricity: the bizarre, egg-shaped loos the quirky, wry prints by Turner Prize winner David Shrigley covering the walls and the quips on the crockery, which you can buy on your way out. The string quartet in the corner plays the Beatles rather than Beethoven, a bit of a contrast to the elevator music of most hotel lobbies. And then there are the glamorous waitresses, wheeling around trolleys of loose-leaf tea in giant test tubes (try as many of the 20 or so types as you like), and the caviar man – in a pink, double-breasted suit and Panama hat – who doles out spoonfuls of the stuff on to your first course: a perfectly poached quail’s egg yolk on top of silky béchamel sauce.

Other savoury standouts include a foie-gras tartlet and an egg-and-truffle cheesy puff (second helpings are allowed), but there are also a few old favourites: dainty sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber and coronation chicken. Work your way up the tiers to gooey apricot and pistachio cake, hot-pink Battenberg, salted-caramel éclairs and shot glasses of white-peach and verbena cheesecake, and even a giant pink marshmallow. Scones arrive later, so you can enjoy them warm before the finale – a huge, fluffy slice of Victoria sponge served from the trolley.

Come with plenty of time – and elasticated trousers: tea at Sketch is a drawn-out affair and there’s so much food you’ll need to pace yourself, which also helps justify the price tag. For an extra splurge, add a glass of Champagne and you’ll fit right in with the fun, lively crowd.

Address: Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Telephone: +44 20 7659 4500
Website: sketch.london
Price: From £59 per person

Afternoon tea deliveries from Sketch start at £55 and include finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and delicate pastries – all wrapped in a pretty pink box.

Best for: understated elegance

It can feel a shame to waste a rare sunny day staying indoors for afternoon tea, but if you do have to go inside, The Lanesborough is probably the best hotel in London to choose. Firstly, its notable position across from Hyde Park means it’s the perfect pitstop for a London walk. Once you’re inside, the tea itself is served in the light-filled Michelin-starred restaurant Céleste, where three substantial chandeliers hang from the domed glass roof and fluted columns, powder-blue walls and 23-carat gilding all set the ornate scene. A pianist plays classic tunes, which means the conversation isn’t limited to a whisper, and the relaxed vibe and welcoming staff make it easy to lose an afternoon here, regardless of the food.

But, of course, there is food – an abundance of it. A traditional selection of sandwiches is served first (as is often the case, the egg and cress mayonnaise was the winner), followed by a tiered tree of fluffy scones and pastries. The sheer mass of sweet stuff could be intimidating, but thankfully the pastries are not too sickly – the pleasantly sharp passionfruit cheesecake is a standout, while the muscovado tart tastes as good as it looks. To drink, the tea menu ranges from the more out-there chocolate brownie to classic jasmine. For the traditionally inclined, the signature Lanesborough Afternoon Tea is a fresh and fruity black blend, or you can always just upgrade to Champagne. Whatever you choose, just be sure to take your time. You’ll want to make the most of that remarkable room. By Lauren Burvill

Address: The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Telephone: +44 20 7259 5599
Price: £53 per person
Website: oetkercollection.com

Best for: New York buzz

It could be the height of the evening, rather than 3pm, as you enter the warm glow of Balthazar London. It’s all very 1920s Paris by way of New York, where the original branch opened in 1997, with the Covent Garden restaurant launching in 2012. Very Gatsbyesque – Art Deco lighting, rustic mirrors, shiny maroon leather and tiny floor tiles that shimmer like a mermaid’s tail. And noise. Lots of noise. Mainly from the many smart diners still enjoying long lunches all around you. But they soon clear out, leaving you to revel in the restaurant’s downtime at this slightly less obvious London afternoon tea spot or, as it’s officially named, NY-Tea.

So what makes this tea particularly New York? Aside from the bristling energy of the setting and the brassy Frank Sinatra on the playlist, you can, for starters, select a whiskey cocktail (the Yankie) rather than Champagne if you’re going for the hard option. And while the teas themselves are quite standard (from English breakfast to chamomile by way of jasmine and chai – because, who would mess with tea in London?), the scones are extra sweet, swimming in buttermilk and vanilla cream.

But it’s the cakes themselves that receive the full Stars and Stripes treatment – literally, in the case of the Cookies 'n' Cream tart: a red, white and blue doughnut-shaped confection of white chocolate cookies, coconut mousse and lemon curd. Our favourite, however, is the Liberty: a rich peanut butter and jelly (in this case, apricot jam) éclair.

Ask the charismatic but unobtrusive staff to box up what you can’t manage and hurtle headlong into London’s rush hour – bolstered up by a little more Big Apple chutzpah than you had when you set out. By Becky Lucas

Address: Balthazar London, 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Telephone: +44 20 3301 1155
Price: From £29.95 per person, or £39.95 for the NY-Fizz Afternoon Tea, served with the Yankie cocktail or a glass of Delamotte Champagne.
Website: balthazarlondon.com

Best for: old-school glitz

Tea at The Ritz. Is there a more archetypally English institution? The Ritz London sets the standard for afternoon tea. Tea is served in the many-mirrored Palm Court salon, deliciously grand and swimming in gold. The salon is set between two palm trees, a good few steps higher than the rest of the hotel's ground floor, like a stage, with everyone performing to the tinkling of the live pianist, and soprano Miranda Heldt some weekday afternoons.

Tea-takers select from a list of 18 types, and can learn as much or as little about the teas as they wish from the friendly but reassuringly formal staff, who not only know the correct way to make tea (milk first, obviously), but have spent many months in Sri Lanka, tasting and experimenting to bring back the perfect blend.

On to the food itself, which, as you might expect, is proudly traditional. Sandwiches are fresh, crustless, finger-sized and not shy of a cucumber slice or two and the scones are warm, gigantic and accompanied by strawberry jam and lashings of Cornish clotted cream. The top of your three-tiered stand is reserved for pastries, chocolate cake and fruit tarts, and whatever your party can't manage is boxed up for you to take home – along with a personalised cake, if your tea is in honour of a birthday.

There is a dress code (we would be disappointed if there wasn't): men must wear a jacket and tie, women have to appear at least smart-casual. Jeans and trainers will be confiscated on sight. With five sittings a day, from 11.30am to 7.30pm, The Ritz tea operation is extremely well-oiled, whilst managing not to rush diners – helped by the fact that the time you need to vacate your table is made clear when you book it.

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Address: The Ritz London, 150 Piccadilly, London W1
Telephone: +44 20 7300 2345
Website: theritzlondon.com
Price: From £58 for adults and from £35 for children

Best for: a slice of culture with your cake

Not only is the Royal Albert Hall one of the world’s most famous performance venues it’s also one of the UK’s most treasured buildings – and a thoroughly British institution. Queen Victoria had the red-and-gold domed auditorium built as an extravagant tribute to her husband Prince Albert, and in its almost 150-year history it has hosted some of the country’s most important cultural events, and both rock – and real – royalty. It’s put on some pretty big-deal tea parties too the Queen clinked china here with the WI to mark their 100th anniversary. A fitting venue, then, for afternoon tea.

Don’t let the location on Museum Mile put you off: this London afternoon tea certainly isn’t just a tourist box-ticker. Anyone who’s always wanted a sneak peek through the hallowed doors can combine tea with a tour (and history lesson), as guests are guided around the auditorium, the gallery and the usually off-limits Royal Retiring Room before being greeted with three tiers of taste. Time your tea wisely, and you can even eavesdrop on rehearsals for the evening’s performance.

The tea itself takes place in the first-floor Verdi Restaurant – admittedly, it’s a lot less regal than the auditorium, but with crisp white tablecloths, a turquoise tiled bar and sweeping views of the Royal College of Music, it’s a step up from most museum cafés. Choose your brew from a carefully curated selection by the East India Company – there’s even a special 1871 blend, created exclusively for the Royal Albert Hall to mark its inauguration year. Dainty sandwiches come with properly British fillings (cucumber and cream cheese, honey-roasted ham and Coronation chicken), but it’s the cakes and miniature puddings, with their adorable musical decorative touches, that are the highlight.

There’s a violet macaroon topped with bright edible flowers, cupcakes with mini pipettes to inject a fruity filling, salted caramel slices and little lemon tartelettes. Scones stay cossetted in a thick napkin to keep warm, with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. And once you’re high on sugar, there’s a cocktail list to work your way through too – even better if you’re one of the lucky ones in possession of a ticket and time to kill before the performance starts. By Teddy Wolstenholme

Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Telephone: +44 20 7589 8212
Website: royalalberthall.com
Price: From £30 per person

Best for: vegans

By Chloe is the bouncy, loud, all-vegan café that brought a bit of LA attitude to New York in 2015 – and now it’s come to London. The Covent Garden branch is a bright, white deli-style space with hanging basket-chairs, a shamelessly photogenic ‘Guac save the Queen’ neon sign and a clean, green menu built for plant-based diets. But it’s not all cold-pressed kale juices (although those are available too) the meat-free meatball sub is a lunch-hour bestseller, and there were opening-day queues around the block for the burgers.

Don’t underestimate the afternoon tea, either. It’s got style, but doesn’t compromise on substance – it’s actually a bit of a game-changer, delivering completely vegan versions of traditional fillings such as smoked salmon and egg salad. The ‘salmon’ is made from marinated tomatoes, seaweed and chipotle, and has a deliciously smoky umami flavour, while the creamy tofu filling could easily pass for egg. Capers in the ‘tuna’ recipe recreate the tangy, salty flavour you’d expect in fish, and they’re all served between cuts of basil bread and beetroot loaf. The cashew mozzarella in the finely sliced cucumber sandwiches is so convincing it should be sold at the counter – we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Vegan afternoon tea by Chloe

The innovative ingredients turn traditional afternoon tea on its head, as does the setting: By Chloe’s deli is informal and playful, and tea is served on a communal table covered in reams of cupcake-covered colouring-in paper.

Speaking of cupcakes, the sweets are good, too – not quite on the same level as the sandwiches, but an impressive feat without butter, eggs or milk. As a result, they’re a little on the dense side, but the tiny red velvet cupcakes filled with hundreds and thousands are as nostalgic and thrilling as the super-sized crayons, and the carrot cake is topped with a delightful miniature iced buttercream carrot.

We were disappointed that tea and prosecco were served in paper cups – By Chloe might be eschewing tradition, but for a brand that champions sustainability, we thought this was a let-down. We were assured that they were taking measures to change this, so we look forward to being served drinks in proper china next time. It is still afternoon tea, after all.

Address: By Chloe, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HA
Telephone: +44 20 3883 3273
Website: eatbychloe.com

Best for: floral fancies

Taken amid the elegant surroundings of The Petersham – a secret-garden hideaway and one of the best restaurants in Covent Garden – this is one of the prettiest afternoon teas in London. Blooms take pride of place here, even on the glass cake stand, which arrives flourished with a posy of wild flowers spilling out of a vase.

It’s also one of London’s tastiest afternoon teas. Savouries come in the form of pillowy milk buns that are delicate enough to ensure the focus is firmly on the punchy seasonal fillings. Highlights from our visit included a generously fat wedge of salty Montgomery cheddar with spiced chutney, and a rich and buttery egg mayonnaise topped with a bright burst of theme-fitting edible flowers.

It’s almost worth skipping the scones (though they do come with a yummy Haye Farm strawberry jam) and moving straight to the cakes where traditional Italian treats steal the limelight. Crispy cannoli are filled with a pistachio cream and dipped in the darkest chocolate, and brutti ma buoni – perhaps best described as a sort of meringue/biscuit hybrid – are soft and chewy. And just as you think you’ve reached the end, a tray of freshly-baked bombolini, Italy’s answer to doughnuts, are whisked in front of you, dusted with sugar and stuffed with hot salted caramel.

There are thoughtful extra touches to be found on the drinks menu too. A selection of tea tails – botanical, tea-infused cocktails – make for a refreshing aperitif. We particularly enjoyed the gin paired with cardamom and rose, which was smooth with just the right hint of tartness. For those who prefer their tea more traditionally non-alcoholic, there’s a good selection with, appropriately, lots of floral-based options. Hibiscus and red berry is dark and fruity, while The Petersham’s own blend, is lightly perfumed and sweet. If the weather is kind, ask to sit in the courtyard surrounded by fluffy clouds of hydrangeas. It’s an afternoon of floral delight. By Olivia Holborow

Address: The Petersham, 2 Floral St, London WC2E 9FB
Telephone: +44 20 7305 7676
Website: petershamnurseries.com
Price: Afternoon tea, £45. With a tea tail or glass of prosecco, £55.

Best for: design buffs

Bang in the centre of busy Soho is the colourful Ham Yard Hotel from Tim and Kit Kemp, whose portfolio includes the splashy Whitby in New York. Although the 'yard' is a surprisingly quiet thoroughfare connecting Great Windmill Street and Denman Street, the hotel itself is lively, complete with rooftop garden, cinema and an original Fifties bowling alley imported from Texas.

The Orangery, home to the afternoon tea, is a gently lit glass-ceilinged room with designer Kit's oh-so-quirky-yet-tasteful stamp all over it. It is paved with reclaimed Purbeck stone and the walls are papered with Kemp’s signature bold textures the tea itself is served in her contemporary ceramic range for Wedgwood – you'll find mythical creatures or sailors prancing around the gold rims on the delicate bone-china teacups and saucers.

The menu, which changes weekly, is a creative take on the traditional: classic cucumber sandwiches with a basil twist, beetroot-tartare tarts with cauliflower purée and Ortiz tuna, caper and spring-onion croutons. Special mention needs to go to the grilled-courgette and vegan rocket-pesto sandwich, which was delightful. Scones served with clotted cream and homemade jams are delivered straight from the oven, soft and warm. We suggest you skip the strawberry jam, and instead go for the irresistible home-made passionfruit and apricot version. And there are more sweet treats to accompany them than you are likely to manage: indulgent cappuccino macarons, a silky chocolate and mint mousse, an apple and redcurrant delice and a carrot cake served with redcurrant curd. The star of the show, however, has to be the creamy, fluffy pumpkin pie with spiced cream. We recommend you add a cocktail (the Hendrick’s, cucumber, elderflower and Prosecco concoction is our favourite) to accompany your Earl Grey. This is a more-than-stylish spot to sit and people-watch. By Karin Mueller

Address: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London W1
Telephone: +44 20 3642 1007
Website: hamyardhotel.com
Prices: From £24

Best for: fishy fusion fun

The afternoon-tea spread at Mayfair restaurant Sexy Fish emerges from the open-plan kitchen on a silver stand embellished with silver octopus tentacles and fish tails. It’s a dramatic affair that suits this swanky institution, where over-the-top chinoiserie is combined with ocean-inspired art by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry. There are imposing installations everywhere white fish hang above the well-stocked bar and a crocodile sprawls across a wall beside red booths in a way that is, quite frankly, very sexy. In fact, it’s only the floor-to-ceiling windows unfolding onto Berkeley Square that bring this space’s old-school glamour into 21st-century London.

The menu is as lavish as the interiors – it’s the perfect fusion of afternoon-tea classics and Asian favourites. To start are healthy-tasting matcha-tea shots, followed by your choice of Champagne or a selection of teas (you can try as many as you like). Then there are sushi-inspired rolls, each one balancing precariously on a tentacle: egg, cress and caviar Thai-curried chicken on puffed rice bread a smoked-salmon bao bun and toasted miso-tuna brioche. Next up is a matcha Victoria sponge with cream and cherry jam, a coconut-and-mango dome that looks like a plump cape gooseberry, and a dreamy chocolate-and-caramel delice. Traditionalists will be happy to find perfectly fluffy scones with jam and clotted cream, which are finished up with bright blue fish-shaped Champagne ice creams – we dare you to eat them without making a mess. By Emma Russell

Address: Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
Website: sexyfish.com
Telephone: +44 20 3764 2000
Price: £58 per person from £70 with a glass of Champagne

Best for: a swinging Sixties tribute

At this white-stone townhouse hotel in South Kensington, we take our tea in the study, a nook-like room with wood-panelled walls and a lofty ceiling with an ornate chandelier at its centre. There are slouchy velvet sofas, and glass trays sitting on upholstered footstools replace tables. The Pelham London’s new offering, designed with event planners La Fête, takes its inspiration from the V&A’s current exhibition celebrating legendary British designer Mary Quant, who defined 1960s fashion with her vibrant colours, pioneering miniskirts and Mod styles. We’re expecting a riotous old time.

The Quant theme takes shape when our afternoon-tea spread is served on a large rainbow-striped tray. The standard three-tier set-up is swapped for a mixed platter of colour-pop savouries and treats, while scones are plated up in red-gingham mini-popcorn boxes. Sandwiches set standards high – the chunky salmon and chive cream cheese fingers and salty ham and mustard on spinach bread are standouts. Bite-size buns – bright yellow and punchy green, packed with delicately sliced cherry tomato and cheddar and cooling cucumber – represent Quant’s line of mulicoloured make-up crayons.

Dinky paint-splash cakes include a sweet Victoria sponge topped with strawberries and a crunchy Quant-daisy-stamped lemon-meringue tart (our favourite) which, on slicing, prompts a lemon-curd flood on our plate. More make-up references come in the form of a fluffy Eton mess accompanied by a nail-varnish bottle filled with sharp raspberry coulis, a dark-chocolate lipstick and a banoffee cake paired with a quirky cosmetic tube of pour-over caramel.

Alongside typical teas – we are English Breakfast through and through – there’s a cocktail on offer (plus a non-alcoholic option). The Forever Mini – a luminous-blue Long Island Ice Tea – pays homage to Quant’s miniskirt legacy, though we’re not sure how. After a sip or two, though, we decide we don’t really need to know.

Address: The Pelham London, 15 Cromwell Place, London SW7
Website: starhotelscollezione.com
Telephone: +44 20 7589 8288
Price: £40 per person £55 including a ticket to Mary Quant at the V&A

Best for: a ring-side seat at a buzzing London landmark

Going to Borough Market is always a treat, whether you’re planning to stock up on ingredients to assemble at home following the ‘prime produce needs little technique’ strategy or aiming to browse the fresh food, ranging from raclette to oysters on the shell. Even on a non-market day, it’s a lovely area for a wander, and for a pit-stop right in the heart of it, Roast is in a hard-to-beat, elevated location inside the Floral Hall. The name really says it all, and meat is what most people come here for. But afternoon tea is one of the most beloved things to do in London on the weekend – and usually more affordable than à la carte – that the restaurant is now serving its own offering in the light-flooded space overlooking Stoney Street and the stalls below.

Kick things off with a glass of Ambriel Cuvée before the cake stand appears laden with a selection that doesn’t stray from the traditional but is perfectly executed – roast beef, smoked salmon, Coronation chicken, cucumber and cream-cheese, and tomato sandwiches – and very generously portioned: the top-tier cakes alone are the size of any regular coffee-shop slice. The Victoria sponge is the standout, with lots of cream and a proper hit of raspberry that’s less jam jar and more grandma’s garden, closely followed by a not-too-sweet sticky date pudding. The latter is served alongside a lemon-posset shot with crumbly biscuit topping on a separate plate – the overspill of the already crammed cake stand. There’s also carrot cake with candied carrot swirls, and scones that you may or may not be able to finish (we didn’t manage it, despite our best intentions). As for the tea, among the standard Earl Grey, Assam and mint are some more exotic options such as Pai Mu Tan and jasmine pearls.

It’s a lively place – on a bank-holiday afternoon there was animated chatter all around, and although the area where afternoon tea is served, just by the bar is slightly separated from the main dining space, it actually has the best seats in the house. Everyone was taking their time, enjoying the sunshine streaming in through the windows and heroically trying to finish those scones. By Katharina Hahn

Address: Roast, The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London SE1 1TL
Website: roast-restaurant.com
Telephone: +44 20 3006 6111
Price: £25 per person £30 with a glass of Champagne

Best for: interior enthusiasts

There’s no need to guess where The Bloomsury Hotel's Coral Room gets its name from, with the space painted the colour from head to toe. Bevelled mirrors and gold-framed illustrations hang on the tall walls huge chandeliers cascade above the seating area and marble-topped bar. Choose to sit by the roaring fire or under one of the bay windows that flood nearby tables with light.

Are you sitting comfortably on your blue-velvet or patterned-fabric chair? Begin by selecting your drink. There are unlimited refills on dozens of brews – including iced coffee, matcha and turmeric lattes, jasmine silver tip and lemon verbena tea – all served in sturdy silverware and poured into gold-rimmed (obviously), grey- and white-striped fine china. You’ll soon notice that the crockery’s colour scheme precisely matches the Art Deco interiors.

Dive into the savoury sandwiches on the stand’s bottom tier the Guinness bread variety is a standout, filled with smoked salmon and lemon crème fraîche. Next up are four warm vanilla scones – it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without them. Cut each one in half and lather on the clotted cream before – always before – the fresh raspberry jam. At the top of the stand are miniature creations so elegant you’ll feel guilty for demolishing them so quickly. The bright yellow mango-and-coriander tart with pink peppercorn meringue instantly catches the eye, while the rich chocolate mousse sprinkled with cashew praline and prune compote lingers on the tongue. And, if you’re feeling particularly bold, the Coral Room will replenish your tier of choice for free. Still thirsty? As one of the best bars in London, there's no need to move to a second location – the cocktails here are a knockout. By Sophie Knight

Address: The Coral Room, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Website: thecoralroom.co.uk
Telephone: +44 20 7347 1221
Price: £40 per person £48 with a glass of sparkling wine

Best for: a relaxed Sunday afternoon followed by a walk along the river

The Corinthia’s light-flooded Crystal Moon Lounge is a grand setting for the hotel’s recently relaunched afternoon tea, which is all about choice. Huge displays of treats are wheeled around on silver gilded trolleys so that guests can make their own selection, or indeed, choose to indulge in them all. The tea has its own dedicated station manned by a sommelier who will weigh and infuse your selected brew to achieve the best possible flavour. The No.2 Mellow bespoke blend is a medium-strength, fruity refreshment. For something lighter, the China Milky Oolong is delicate and one of those rare finds that tastes as fragrant as it smells.

The experience doesn’t fall short when it comes to the food either. Sandwiches are served with flavour twists such as egg mayo and truffle, more of which you’ll seriously consider forgoing the cakes for, and a tandoori take on coronation chicken. Scones arrive like prized possessions in their own wooden box, with clotted cream and a surprisingly savoury rhubarb and tonka bean jam. Just be sure to save room for the French canelé – a celebration of soft doughy cake with a chewy, caramel crust originating from the pastry chef’s home town of Bordeaux.

This isn’t a place to come in a hurry. Service is relaxed with a measured pace. Sit back in among the fashionable young things taking a break from sightseeing, and then cross the river and walk it off with a stroll along the South Bank. By Olivia Holborow

Address: Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD
Telephone: +44 20 7930 8181
Website: corinthia.com
Price: £60 per person, from £70 with champagne

Best for: a quiet retreat

The Stafford London’s afternoon tea follows an edible journey through the streets surrounding this classic hotel, built in 1912. Served in The Game Bird, a room that marries duck-egg walls with shiny, plush velvet sofas and where gilded columns complement the grand bouquets of yellow flowers. The tea kicks off with the classics: three sandwiches – fresh cucumber and cream cheese, honey-roast Wiltshire ham and mustard, and smoked salmon – all finger-sized and joyously resembling those of your childhood. Next up are wedges of flaky, buttery sausage rolls and a creamy truffled-egg and watercress brioche bun – not for the faint hearted, but worth every bite. For the sweet offering, the scones are anything but simple. They’re fluffy, powdery and squishy, served with classic clotted cream and strawberry jam. But there’s also a cheddar version that comes with airy, whipped soft cheese and chives for spreading.

It’s on the final tier, though, that the nod to the surrounding institutions comes into play. Almond shortbread, dressed in a Henry Poole and Co tuxedo, and a top hat made with white chocolate and lime jelly, inspired by Lock and Co Hatters – the world’s oldest hat shop, are both fun and quirky eats. Shoemakers Foster and Son get a white-chocolate shoe horn and polish tin filled with a seasonal fruit trifle topped with Chantilly cream, while cigar aficionados James J Fox have a chocolate-and-hazelnut cigar tribute that comes in a smoky case. If a Savile Row suit is a little out of your budget, how about an edible version at this afternoon tea? By Katharine Sohn

Address: The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NJ
Website: thestaffordlondon.com
Telephone: +44 20 7518 1234
Price: £45 per person (£58 with a glass of Champagne)

Best for: royalists and traditionalists

The Royal Family make no secret of their affection for The Goring Hotel. It’s where the Duchess of Cambridge spent the night before her wedding where the Queen holds her annual staff Christmas lunch, and the only hotel in the world to hold a royal warrant. Tucked away on an unassuming side street in Belgravia, there are even rumours of a secret tunnel linking the hotel to Buckingham Palace, so the Queen and co can slip in unnoticed. And what makes the place extra special is its private garden out back – almost unheard of in central London – where you can enjoy your tea in good weather before working it off with a game of croquet. It’s an institution about as British as it gets.

Pre-book your afternoon tea to guarantee seating in the hushed, old-school gilded dining room, decked out with thick gold curtains, whimsical tree-like Swarovski chandeliers and a roaring fire in the winter. The hotel has been owned by the same family since opening in 1910, and they take their roles seriously: CEO Jeremy Goring himself is the in-house master of tea, personally selecting and tasting each blend on the menu. Start with The Goring’s own afternoon blend, a refreshing and subtle mix of Assam and Darjeeling, before navigating your way through some of the more ambitious-sounding options (such as dragon well or organic maojian) or herbal infusions.

Before the carbs, a plate of strawberries arrives – which goes perfectly with the glass of pink Bollinger poured at the table from a huge magnum. After a dainty amuse-bouche of butternut squash and savoury granola come unfussy, crustless finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, pastrami or cheese and pickle. But don’t fill up on these because it’s the cakes that steal the show: a white-chocolate bomb cracked open to reveal a fluffy apple mousse, a dense tarte tatin piped with mini cones of pink meringue and a choux bun oozing with caramelly crème pâtissière. Then layer up your scones with The Goring’s own homemade jam, filled with strawberries and raspberries foraged from their farm in Suffolk. Come hungry – everything’s swiftly replenished the moment there’s space on the plate – but staff are more than happy to pack you off with a doggy bag if you’ve overdone it. And it’s worth knowing that the tea can be made totally gluten-free, too.

Address: The Goring Hotel, 15 Beeston Place, London, SW1W 0JW
Telephone: +44 20 7396 9000
Website: thegoring.com
Price: From £50 per person from £62 with a glass of Bollinger

Best for: interior-design lovers

The afternoon tea is packed every day of the week at the Ivy Chelsea Garden, so for a weekend you'll have to book way, way ahead. It's worthy of such popularity for the vibrant venue alone: behind the restaurant is a terrace that we've chosen as one of the beautiful restaurant gardens in London, and inside there are vast floral installations and trees, too, plus botanical artwork and dreamy vintage posters on spearmint-green and coral walls. For afternoon tea, though, we recommend a third locale – the orangery in the conservatory, which in winter has a hugely agreeable fireplace spot, as well palms, ferns and hanging plants all year-round.

And on the menu? You'll find a solid tea offering: delightful truffled-chicken brioche rolls, marinated-cucumber and dill finger sandwiches, and smoked salmon on a dark rye bread with cream cheese and chives. Move onto the brightly coloured sweets tier and you’ll find raspberry cheesecake, a seriously sweet crème brûlée doughnut, and chocolate and salted-caramel mousse. For the finale, warm, fruity, buttery scones come served with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry jam – it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without them, after all. By Sophie Knight

Address: Ivy Garden Chelsea, 195–197 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ
Telephone: +44 20 3301 030
Website: theivychelseagarden.com
Price: From £18.95

Best for: a classic in a spectacular historic setting

An offshoot of the Piccadilly original, this is Fortnum & Mason with a twist. The trademark eau de nil is there – on velvet seats and leather booths – but the majestic 16th-century setting in London’s financial district lends it an even grander air, as though tea sippers are members of an elite secret society.

The impressive stone-and-column façade of the Royal Exchange betrays the building’s trade roots. Boutiques sit beneath huge arches the newest, a mini Fortnum’s, now takes up three shop fronts. At the centre of the wide courtyard is a giant almond-shaped bar, a glittering metal oasis ringed by mint-green stools, each pair lit with individual gold lamps. The bar is bookended by two small seating areas and it almost feels like you're outside, with light pooling through the glass ceiling.

Tea is, of course, the most important element of the Fortnum’s tradition, given that the brand has been producing its own (and, later, serving it) for about 300 years. But you won’t find its breakfast blend on the menu here instead, opt for the Royal Exchange, a light Sri Lankan and Kenyan loose-leaf tea that represents this cool new base, or – better yet – Champagne.

Afternoon-tea stands are brought down a flight of stone steps from a faraway corner of the courtyard, almost ‘off stage’ as they are set down on the table, it’s clear this is the main event. First up are five simple finger sandwiches filled generously with egg and cress, honey-roasted ham and mustard, cucumber and mint cream cheese, coronation chicken and smoked salmon. Then soft, warm plain and fruit scones are accompanied by clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd – Fortnum’s own, naturally.

The finale is a trio of patisserie cakes: a tangy red-velvet cube with cream-cheese layers, topped with a cherry-powder crumb and transparent droplets that could be mistaken for pomegranate seeds a vanilla-cheesecake sphere in smooth white-chocolate casing that sits atop a delicate, buttery biscuit and a choux bun filled with vanilla cream and adorned with pastel-pink icing and a rose petal.

While the afternoon tea was undeniably pleasant, it’s the historic surroundings that truly make the new Fortnum’s a worthwhile pit-stop. And despite the hushed, exclusive vibe this offering is brilliantly affordable. Make like the City crowd and stop here for a sweet reviver following an afternoon’s hard work, then browse the foodie delights in the enticing shop. By Leah Craig

Address: Fortnum & Mason’s Bar & Restaurant, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR
Telephone: +44 20 7734 8040
Website: theroyalexchange.co.uk
Prices: £35 per person (£48 with a glass of champagne)

Best for: debating art over Italian treats

The Royal Academy celebrated its 250th birthday last year. To mark the milestone, its second building in Burlington Gardens was revamped and now houses, among other things, free displays of previously hidden-away works by Michelangelo, Constable and Gainsborough – and a new dining room. At the top of an enormous, winding staircase, tucked away behind an ordinary wooden door, entering the Senate Room feels a bit like stumbling upon a grand secret – with soaring, ornately decorated ceilings and floods of light from a row of giant windows. It’s a lovely place to rest gallery-fatigued legs.

The afternoon-tea menu, created by Rome-born Melissa Forti, author of The Italian Baker and owner of Melissa's Tea Room in Tuscany, certainly delivers on its promise of an Italianate feast. Things kick off refreshingly, with a crisp radicchio, gorgonzola and pear salad alongside a plate of finely sliced salamis and a chunk of fresh focaccia. Then it’s onto the main event. A towering afternoon-tea stand, cleverly mirroring the lofty proportions of the room, is whisked out and placed beside the table (it’s tall enough to sit on the floor). The savouries play with Italian ingredients, such as porchetta and soft stracciatella cheese, while the traditional egg-mayonnaise sandwich is given a Mediterranean twist with the addition of tuna, olives and herbs.

Scones (which would struggle to ever seem particularly Italian) are eschewed in favour of several sweet treats, starting with a selection of cakes from the stand. There’s a gloriously smooth ricotta-and-honey cheesecake, and a moreish coffee bignè (a cream puff) that shouldn’t be missed. Round two is a panettone that very nearly has the consistency of candy floss, smothered in a warm, silky custard. And finally, there’s an espresso zabaione, a creamy concoction served in a cocktail glass, that packs such a rich punch of flavour you’ll feel silly for first thinking it was on the small side.

The theme continues into the drinks menu with a selection Bellinis (the pomegranate version is divine), and there’s a succinct selection of loose and fresh leaf teas, too, served in reassuringly solid cast-iron teapots. Work up an appetite with a visit to an exhibition or two, then settle in here to muse over what you’ve just seen. By Olivia Holborow

Address: Senate Room, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
Telephone: +44 20 7300 5912
Website: royalacademy.org.uk
Price: £29.50 per person

Best for: affordable treats inside a breathtaking British institution

As you sip tea beside the curling Ionic capitals of stone columns, it’s hard not to be impressed by the majesty of the British Museum. The Great Court Restaurant is perched at the top of the former reading room, a rotunda in the central courtyard of one of London's best museum. Since its major revamp in the 1990s, the entire quadrangle has been covered with an undulating glass roof and the round space inside now contains the museum shop. The restaurant above is open on all sides to expose the surrounding feats of architecture, old and new. From Sir Robert Smirke’s original neoclassical design to the tessellated-glass canopy by Foster and Partners, this is an ancient temple with a modern touch.

The restaurant itself is intimate – particularly in comparison to its surroundings. There’s a small bar pouring Prosecco into coupes at one end and an open kitchen at the other. Clinking china and the happy chatter of patrons, either eating lunch (the couple beside us had a lovely-looking Sunday roast) or enjoying a classic three-tier afternoon tea, resound. We did the latter, gobbling up finger sandwiches so that our scones wouldn't lose their warmth. Expect typical British delights: smoked salmon and cucumber, egg and cress, ham with farmhouse chutney and coronation chicken. The freshly baked scones, plain and raisin, are fluffy with just a slight crunch on the outside. The top-tier sweets are baked in-house, and the stars of the show are definitely the macarons, with flavours of creamy coffee and zingy lemon.

Top off your afternoon by exploring the museum collections. With 10 curatorial and research departments spanning from Asia to the Americas, no one will judge you if you choose to focus on the more famous exhibits, be that the Rosetta Stone or Ginger – a 5,500-year-old naturally mummified man with gingery tufts of hair. And a whizz round the beautiful Parthenon Marbles is a must. By Lauren Hepburn

Address: Great Court Restaurant, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Telephone: +44 20 7323 8990
Website: britishmuseum.org
Price: £22 per person £28 with a glass of Prosecco

Best for: Classic tastes with a twist

There are very few places that can reinvent the traditional afternoon tea and still make it feel as English as ever. But Brown’s does just that, with its modern take on tried-and-tested classics – and a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne for those wanting to make things a little more grown-up. It is served in a dedicated English Tea Room with snug armchairs and floral china book in advance to bag one of the larger corner spots for extra privacy if you are looking to catch up over a scone (or three).

The tea menu is so large it is suitably labelled a library, but charming and informative staff are on-hand to help with recommendations. The Jing Chai is particularly heady and the Silver Needle white tea wonderfully refreshing. There are also plenty of herbal infusions for those looking for an option without caffeine.

It’s not just hot tea that is the focus at Brown’s: a dainty glass of seasonal iced tea marks the start of the procession of miniature treats arriving at the table. The selection of open and closed sandwiches include Aberdeenshire smoked salmon with pickled fennel served on caper-buttered onion bread and a fancy ham number piled high with air-dried black Coombe ham.

The desserts are just as decadent – with the star of the show (the cassis and hibiscus macaroon) replenished many times before we were ready to move on. Scones come with or without raisins and are kept warm in a napkin envelope, served with generous helpings of clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam.

There’s also a tea-tox option featuring low-carb, low-fat snacks, including miso-glazed salmon, beetroot crêpe and matcha-raspberry cheesecake. But we can’t deny that the original full-fat spread was our preference. Just make sure you've finished trawling the nearby fashion boutiques before you take your seat.

Address: Brown’s Hotel, Albermarle Street, London W1
Telephone: +44 20 7493 6020
Website: roccofortehotels.com
Price: Traditional afternoon tea, £55 Champagne afternoon tea, £65.

Best for: a French affair, without the scones

Perhaps it’s the memories of being ushered out of the school library at the mere rustling of a sweet wrapper or crisp packet, but there’s something faintly naughty about eating in a space surrounded by books. At Maison Assouline, the swishest publishing house in Europe, the shelves are weighed down with coffee-table tomes for the style set (although god forbid anyone ever uses them as a coaster), page by enormous page overflowing with some of the world’s finest photography, compiled by the kind of people who are on first-name terms with royalty. The space, too, has the feel of an old-world library spin the gigantic antique globe or pat the life-sized sheep at the door and explore the cabinet de curiosités upstairs.

Owner Prosper Assouline is an antiques addict – his personal collection includes more than 100 serpent trumpets – and his refined taste is apparent down to the last detail he chooses everything from the 24-carat-gold teaspoons to the tailored jackets worn by the waiters, and he even hand-picks the music. Buena Vista Social Club, the Gipsy Kings (who are, naturally, personal friends) and Frank Sinatra kept us in good company throughout our visit.

In contrast to its very English neighbours, Fortnum & Mason and The Ritz, Maison Assouline is undeniably French – to the point that there isn’t a vegetarian option at tea, although the chef is more than happy to improvise. Veuve Clicquot Champagne is served in handmade coupe glasses, foie gras with fig jam on a white baguette is presented in place of scones and four tiny, exquisite Ladurée macarons replace the traditional cake stand. The raspberry version is topped with an improbably balanced rose petal, and the pistachio flavour has a cherry filling. Cleverly, Earl Grey is served in traditional Japanese cast-iron teapots – this is one area where the French cannot claim expertise – which keep your tea hot for as long as it takes to debate whether Paris or London is the better city. There’s a cocktail list too, and tea for two could all too easily turn into something much more fitting of the characters that dance their way through the pages of Assouline’s books. By Anna Prendergast

Address: Swans Bar at Maison Assouline, 196A Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EY
Telephone: +44 20 3327 9370
Website: Book through opentable.com
Prices: From £25

Best for: A bird's-eye view

From the 35 th floor of The Shard, St Paul's Cathedral - once the tallest building in London - appears reduced to the size of a Tunnock's Tea Cake. It's not just the view from here that draws visitors from all around the world. Chinese restaurant Ting Lounge is part of the Shangri-La hotel, which occupies floors 34-52 of The Shard - now Europe's tallest building.

You are greeted by the sound of the Orient, as a musician plucks away on a Chinese guzheng zither- and yet there's no escaping the fact that you are in London. To the west, the London Eye circles ahead, Tower Bridge proudly straddles the River Thames train tracks cut a path through the concrete jungle in every direction and, in the far distance, Canary Wharf stands tall. To simply take a few snaps is not to fully appreciate the sight better to sit down for a leisurely afternoon tea.

There is a traditional English option, but the Asian-inspired afternoon tea is lighter, healthier and all-together tastier. Prawn dumplings are plump and sweet, then there's vegetable gyoza (eat these first as they'll go cold), Cornish crab brioche buns, little cups of wasabi- and ginger-cured salmon, and an open duck roll on wanton. Scones are infused with Earl Grey tea, making them seem fresher, and the mango jam is a welcome change. Traditional sweets are spiked with more exotic flavours. Coconut mousse has a mango centre. Sponge cake is coloured with matcha green tea. Cream is infused with cinnamon. Cheesecake is soaked in yuzu juice. And don't forget that view book a table an hour or so before sunset to watch the skyline transform in the moonlight.

Address: Ting Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street SE1
Telephone: +44 20 7234 8000
Website: shangri-la.com
Price: British Summertime Afternoon Tea from £52

Best for: soaking up the buzz of Soho

There’s a particularly lovely, old-world glow that whooshes around you when you enter Dean Street Townhouse. Perhaps it’s the leaded windows that make the room seem like a throwback to Dickensian London, or the single candles flickering in Wee Willie Winkie-style brass holders on every table, or the clink-clink-clink of silver on china. Or perhaps, more than all this, it’s the notion that you’ve ducked out of the humdrum for a while afternoon tea here feels comforting and fun, like you’re joining the others living it up in Soho at 4pm on a Tuesday.

Tea is served in the lounge, with its handsome velvet arm chairs in sage green and ketchup red, jade-painted wooden panelling, jazz soundtrack and curated art – the collection in Dean Street includes pieces by Tracey Emin, Peter Blake, Fiona Banner and Mat Collishaw, alongside a number of emerging artists such as illustrator Dan Hillier. The Collet Brut Champagne (if you’re boozing) comes in a cut-glass coupe, the tea – of which there are 10 varieties from lapsang souchong to rooibos – in black-and-white floral-print Burleigh Pottery (a special commission for the Soho House group). The scones are fluffy, the Burford Brown-egg-and-mayonnaise sandwiches dainty and the cakes brilliantly retro: chocolate Swiss roll, mini Victoria sponges with strawberries and cream, Battenberg in hot pink and egg-yolk yellow, tooth-rasping lemon tart with a blueberry on top.

But most delicious of all is the laid-back atmosphere. Around you are thirtysomething couples sharing bottles of rosé, media types getting creative over cappuccinos, and groups of friends pondering another round of G&Ts. Come for afternoon tea in the lounge, move on to a cocktail or two at the bar and maybe even make an evening of it by checking into the townhouse for the night. You are in Soho after all.

Address: Dean Street Townhouse, 69 – 71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE
Telephone: +44 20 7434 1775
Website: deanstreettownhouse.com
Price: Afternoon tea £31 Champagne afternoon tea with a glass of Collet Brut NV £42

Best for: tea lovers

Doormen in top hats stand sentinel by the ever-revolving doors of The Connaught, which deposit guests into the hallway of one of London’s smartest hotels. With its quiet elegance, sense of timelessness and British sensibility, there are few places quite like it. That said, the arrival of French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his international flair has relaxed the rules a little, doing away with formalities such as dress codes and allotted time slots.

The restaurant Jean-Georges at The Connaught was refurbished last year, and the new afternoon tea summer menu was launched in June this year. Gone is the overwhelming choice of 16 jams with your scones, which are now served simply with Cornish clotted cream, homemade preserve and lemon curd. Sandwiches are classic picnic favourites (coronation chicken, cucumber) and the patisserie stand displays the handiwork of pastry chef Nicolas Rouzaud, highlights of which include an irresistible chocolate fondue with seasonal fruit and a bite-sized pavlova. At first, we were disappointed to be served tea with tea bags (rather than loose leaf), but a conspiratorial waiter let us in on a secret the Connaught kitchen hand-fills its own tea bags. They resemble tiny pillowcases and are made from Egyptian cotton, without plastic, glue or staples, for maximum freshness, flavour and sustainability. It turns out that most (likely more sophisticated) guests prefer not to pick tea leaves out of their teeth. If you like your tea strong enough to fuel rocket ships, ask for extra leaves – the staff will happily oblige. Try to get a table in the front section of the restaurant, where light filters through the stained-glass windows by Parisian artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and you get a great view of passers-by. By Anna Prendergast

Address: The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Telephone: +44 20 7499 7070
Website:the-connaught.co.uk
Price: From £55 per person

Best for: glitz and glamour

When the brains behind a restaurant are hotelier Ian Schrager (the man behind Studio 54) and chef Jason Atherton (the Michelin-starred chef behind Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House), it’s obvious the Berners Tavern was never going to be a wallflower. The London Edition hotel arrived in Fitzrovia with a bang back in 2013, and its restaurant quickly became its heart. It’s fed A-listers (Rita Ora, George Clooney), fashion icons (Erin O’Connor, Jourdan Dunn) and royalty (Meghan Markle’s known to be a fan). Shimmy past the sharp-suited doormen, across the imposing colonnaded lobby of the hotel, and you’ll find yourself in a room festooned with paintings hung in gilt-edged frames and oversized, over-the-top chandeliers hanging from an 18ft-high stuccoed ceiling.

And now, they’ve just shaken up the weekend routine: it’s out with brunch, in with afternoon tea. You could be loading up your scones next to a group enjoying a lavish four-course lunch, or another arriving for afternoon cocktails. But whatever you’re here for, first things first: Champagne. As soon as you’ve sat down, over trundles a suave waiter pushing a trolley laden with chilled Ruinart.

The food itself could almost get away with playing second fiddle to the setting – but it’s just as impressive. Attentive waiters roam the room wielding giant silver teapots, topping up the leaves in your tea (there’s a concise choice of four blends from the Rare Tea Company two black, one green and one herbal) before the three tiers arrive. An obligatory cucumber sandwich is livened up with dill and zingy whipped goat’s curd, but the real savoury highlights are a buttery croissant stuffed with smoked salmon and creamy horseradish and a wafer-thin crostini piled high with beef tartare and pickled beetroot. So good that you’ll definitely agree to the offer of a second helping. As for the cakes: a pillowy soft choux bun is filled with Earl Grey-and-orange cream, next to a raspberry macaroon and wedge of bitter chocolate delice. Scones (fruity and plain) are kept warm under a silver cloche and served with dainty ramekins of clotted cream and strawberry jam.

If we needed yet another excuse to visit Berners Tavern, this is it.

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Address: Berners Tavern, The London Edition, 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
Telephone: +44 20 7908 7979
Website: bernerstavern.com
Price: £39.50

Best for: immersing yourself in Bloomsbury’s most historical hotel

The 18th-century landscape gardener Humphry Repton is widely credited with having brought many of London’s squares to life with his nature-first approach. His gift, as he called it, was most famously bestowed on Russell Square, elevating the area and leaving a permanent mark on Bloomsbury. Inspired by Repton’s original plans for the square (which involved shrubberies, flowerbeds, a grove of trees and a lawn divided into four quadrants), the Principal hotel (now the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel), which overlooks the square, took a similar approach with its newly renovated Palm Court. Rattan and wicker furniture sits beneath four olive trees, potted plants replace flowers on the tabletops and vines climb a mirrored trellis on the walls. The result is a green, serene space the natural light and presence of nature itself is at once calming and elegant.

Interior designer Tara Bernerd is behind the hotel’s renovation, and this is a space so smart I’d have been content having afternoon tea in the mosaic-floored lobby. But the cool, airy Palm Court makes for a lovely change from some of the over-stuffed, over-fluffed tea rooms in London. The menu by Roger Olsson and Ryan Thompson also takes a turn away from tradition. First up, a truffle, potato and quail’s-egg starter comes with a curl of crispy Melba toast. The truffle is noticeable but not overpowering, so you don’t feel overindulged before you’ve started. Sip on Taittinger while you pore over the 17-strong tea menu – we recommend the Lost Malawi breakfast tea, a rare product of the oldest family-run tea estate in Malawi, and smiley staff will happily walk you through the list.

Finger sandwiches are themed around Asian ingredients such as tandoori chicken on raita caraway bread and carrot with star anise, and the gorgeous scones come in flavours such as matcha and sesame or Earl Grey, all deliciously delicate and – don’t fear – still served with Cornish clotted cream and seasonal jam. Pastry chef Thibault Marchand produces tiny, beautiful petit fours, a unanimous favourite being a raspberry and pistachio tart whose fresh, simple flavours echo the space itself.

On your way out, look for a bronze statue of a dragon (fondly known as Lucky George) in the lobby. It was originally cast in a pair, but the other not-so-lucky dragon lies on the seabed of the North Atlantic Ocean, in the fated Titanic vessel – the ship’s dining room was designed by the very same architect as The Principal, Charles Fitzroy Doll. Enchanting details like this have been stitched into the fabric of the hotel and will no doubt become as much a part of the Grade II-listed building’s history as the green-fingered Humphry Repton. By Anna Prendergast

Address: Palm Court, Kimpton Fitzroy, 1–8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE
Telephone: +44 20 7123 5000
Website: palmcourt.london
Price: Afternoon tea, £30. With a glass of Champagne, £40

Bes for: eminent Victorians

With its gold-lettered shop fronts, St James's is an easy place for a spot of time-travelling, to rewind to the Victorian age and go shopping for a badger-hair shaving brush, or a silver-topped walking cane or that velvet smoking hat you always wanted. Set behind a red-and-white gateau of Victorian neogothic, St James's Hotel & Club has the air of having residing here since Kipling was a nipper, but in fact has only been a hotel since 2008, although the club has been around since the 19th century. A sense of discretion wafts around the silk wallpaper and narrow corridors. William Drabble's the chef at the restaurant here, the Michelin-starred Seven Park Place, and his new afternoon tea is inspired by the year 1840. 1840 is a pretty big date for the afternoon-tea aficionado: it's the year that it was supposedly invented by the Duchess of Bedford, a close friend of Queen Victoria's. And so the cakes here are based on Victoria's favourites, created by the Club's chef at the time, Charles Elmé Francatelli, and they're all absolute classics. A miniature Victoria sponge, of course, wearing two raspberries, sherry-flavoured tipsy cake and custard, a jaunty lemon drizzle, perfectly glazed custard tart, and nicely tangy Cheshire cheese scones. Ox-tongue with mustard butter sandwich is a favourite from the savoury front, along with crayfish mayonnaise and watercress. All listed in a vintage book, served on delicate blue Burleigh crockery, and taken with a glass of fizz or a pot of Campbell Darjeeling Second Flush perhaps, or something more unusual, such as a hand-rolled Snow White from Nepal (also a tea, one should add, rather than something to be smoked).

Tea is taken by the bar, an intimate, Deco-inspired space of gold and polished black lacquer, with large yellow vases, a wall of 20th-century oil paintings and an eyeful of mild Hungarian erotica from the 1940s. We like the salon here. It's small and tucked away. You won't find the coachload of gawpers that some other hotels get. Green Park is just a scone's throw away - but if you have time, seek out the statue of Beau Brummel on Jermyn Street and spare a thought for the great Georgian dandy, who passed away in 1840 and was therefore unlikely to have eaten many Victorian sponges.

Address: 7-8 Park Place, London SW1A 1LS
Telephone: +44 20 7316 1621
Website: stjameshotelandclub.com
Price: From £40 per person

Best for: Civilised drinking

In an effort to make the institution of afternoon tea yet more quintessentially English, Dukes London hotel in Mayfair launched the Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea in August 2014, which includes, as its name suggests, a series of teas infused with mother's ruin: gin. Conceived and perfected by the hotel's passionate Italian food and beverage manager Robert de Vivo, the combination of the two distinctly different types of drink works almost disconcertingly well: guests can choose either Black Vanilla or Earl Grey gin-infused tea to sip from their vintage china teacup, served over rattling ice cubes in the warmer months, or warm-your-cockles hot come winter.

Seated in the hotel's wonderfully tranquil drawing room and conservatory or outside in the enclosed courtyard garden - also heated in winter - on the comfortable but traditional English furniture, you'll feel as relaxed as if you were visiting your daintiest old aunt (the one with the slight drinking problem).

The food is equally refined, and includes the most perfectly symmetrical finger sandwiches you may ever see, filled with a satisfying array of fillings, spanning Scottish smoked salmon, Coronation chicken and, of course, cream cheese and cucumber. Vegetarians and the wheat intolerant can also be catered for with extra non-meat servings or leafy salads on request.

Next up, the cavalry arrives (just in time if you've already moved on to your second teacup), in the form of a three-plate-high cake stand flaunting both fruit and plain warm scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam, carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, chocolate ganache - eat it fast on a sunny day or it may droop - panna cotta with granola and, to top it (and you) off, deep-friend sugary doughnuts balls.

Fortunately, Dukes are more than happy to pack you off with anything you're too squiffy to finish, along with lots of inspiring gin recipes and cocktail tips to try at home once you've recovered.
By Becky Lucas

Address: Dukes London, St. James's Place, London SW1
Telephone: +44 20 7491 4840
Website: dukeshotel.com
Price: From £35, or £45 with Champagne

Best for: losing track of time

Everything at The Dorchester is scaled up. There are bouquets the size of hot-air balloons in the lobby, quilted-brocade sofas dwarf the loftiest of guests and marble-effect pillars tower over tables in the Promenade, where afternoon tea is served. While the surroundings can make you feel rather small and insignificant, the discreetly charming staff have the opposite effect – you are treated like the server’s most important (and better yet, favourite) guests.

Inevitably, there is an element of performance that accompanies the service at a hotel like The Dorchester. Between the savoury and sweet courses you are presented with a palate-cleansing green tea, with lily and jasmine wrapped in silver needles and infused with mango. As the maître d' explained with a smile and a sweep of his arm, ‘There is a theatre to it! This is the stage'. In the first act, sandwiches with fillings such as chicken with ginger, lime, garlic, mayonnaise and shallots or poached wild salmon with heritage tomatoes tread the boards on meticulously cut rectangles of white, multigrain and wholemeal bread. Creative vegetarian understudies include an indulgent truffle tofu with vegan mayonnaise, but the salt-crusted golden-beetroot sandwich was the surprising scene-stealer, and the volume of food matched the oversized decor.

In all its grandeur, the Promenade is sink-into-the-cushions comfortable too those Chesterfields are ever so inviting, and the high-ceilinged ballroom-sized space is designed so that every table is positioned to prioritise privacy. If afternoon tea is the matinée performance, you might find yourself tempted to stick around for the late show too as the pianist rolls out a gentle medley on the Steinway grand piano by the bar, it’s all too easy to let tea turn into evening drinks.
By Anna Prendergast

Address: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Telephone: +44 20 7629 8888
Website: dorchestercollection.com
Price: Afternoon tea, £65. With Laurent-Perrier Champagne, from £75

Best for: fashion lovers

The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea is a rite of passage for the fashion set. Mixing high tea with high fashion, the group has taken some of the most memorable looks from the catwalk and transformed them into a tasty assortment of cakes and biscuits.

This spring it celebrates the landmark V&A exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, with a dedicated afternoon tea masterminded by pastry chef Mourad Khiat. As well as the usual selection of sandwiches, taster spoons and canapés, the tea has to be one of the most photographed in the city.

There’s a pastel-pink stiletto cookie, complete with Dior-branded sling-back ribbon, from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s current collection a Miss Dior perfume-bottle cake topped with a gumdrop spray cap (which your waiter will spritz with rose water to recreate the scent) and a quilted Lady Dior handbag, the famous design named after Princess Diana. The highlight has to be the iconic bar jacket biscuit, which has been synonymous with Dior since it was first designed in 1947 as Monsieur Dior’s revolutionary debut collection, dubbed the ‘new look’.

Served in the Collins Room – which is serendipitously decorated in Dior grey – this is a really special treat whether you’re planning on visiting the exhibition or just want a taste of fashion history. By Charlotte Davey

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Address: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL
Telephone: +44 20 7107 8866
Website: the-berkeley.co.uk
Price: £60 per person £70 with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne

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