Where do I start? I have been meaning to get down here ever since I first tried their peppermint tea many years ago. After leaving London and being in the process of setting up The Oxford Blue, this was the right opportunity to do so. Myself and Margriet made our way down to Cornwall. The weather wasn’t great, well, by that I mean it was raining which technically doesn’t mean it wasn’t great, it means it was just, well, raining…
We arrived to the most beautiful, rural countryside part of the world. We were greeted by Sam who took such great care of us and is still continuing to do so as we have now built up a good relationship.
Sam took us around the estate. Honestly, it’s amazing! Sam explained that Tregothnan planted the first ever tea in the UK in 1999.
So much history everywhere and the most beautiful flowers and trees, walking around this botanical garden was truly breath taking and then coming across the valley was quite surreal. For an estate so far out of the way, a lot goes on. For example, they produce their own charcoal and all around the estate are honeybees hard at work producing honey. They also make their own jams and biscuits.
Sam then took us around the estate and showed us all the different tea plants that they have. I have read quite a lot about tea and been to tea tastings but to actually see how the leaf goes from being in the garden and ending up in your cup is a totally different experience.
We then tasted lots of teas in their private tea bar. We were impressed. Sam’s knowledge is certainly on the scale of excellence. The taste of the teas was stunning. So fresh yet delicate.
Since going down to Tregothnan and ‘falling in love’ with the place, we have agreed that Tregothnan will be our tea supplier. English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Nettle and Jasmine are just a few teas we will be using.
Obviously at The Oxford Blue we like to use good British produce, what an incredible way to showcase this using these teas. We are also a firm believer in working with people who have passion, dedication and real love for what they do, again, what a way to showcase this.
If you get the chance to get down, do! You certainly won’t regret it.
Thank you Tregothnan and here’s to a long working future together!
The Oxford Blue