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Update your kitchen for Summer, with our copper accessories!

Copper seems to be everywhere at the moment, it provides a warming glow that can be incorporated into your interior in many different ways, and can really help brighten up your kitchen. The great thing about copper is that it can complement every style and does not clash with other metals and patterns.

Our copper kettles add a touch of class to any kitchen, if you’re new to the copper trend, it’s a good idea to include a few small but staple items in your kitchen design, such as a kettle, Lassi Cup, toaster, vintage copper lamps or pots and pans that can be displayed.

If you’re feeling bold, you could go all out and create a statement copper wallpaper wall. If you’re getting a new kitchen put in, why not look at getting a copper sink and hood installed. Either of these large features will complement our copper kettles or accessories perfectly.

Summer is just around the corner, our copper cups are perfect to share a delicious beverage over a garden BBQ with your loved ones. Adding a stylish touch to any occasion, our products make a perfect house warming, wedding, anniversary gifts, or just a well-deserved gift to yourself.

Our Copper Kettles are hand-made by our team of experienced craftsmen based in the heart of England, they can be used on gas and electric stoves, and have been essential for tea lovers across the world since 1893. You can see our full collection here.

Cream Teas – A Great British Tradition – And Your Chance To Win A Tea Towel!

Summer is here, British schools have just closed for the 6-weeks holidays and the crowds are already flocking to the seaside to relax and enjoy family time together. Two popular counties where you can find many holidaymakers are Devon and Cornwall. Both have beautiful coves, beaches and crystal clear sea water with coasts to both North and South of the counties. Although renowned for surfing and gorgeous sunsets they are both home of a very British tradition – the Cream Tea.
A cream tea is a form of afternoon tea that consists of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream and jam. History suggests that the tradition of eating bread with cream dates back to the eleventh century at Tavistock Abbey in Devon but finding a cream tea as an item on the menu of quaint, local tearooms belongs to the 20th Century. Perhaps the tearooms were inspired by Richmond’s wonderful tea kettles?
In the past, there has been a subtle difference in the type of bread used – Cornwall Cream Teas were served with a type of slightly sweet white bread roll, known as a “Cornish Split” rather than a scone. Nowadays, the consensus has been the scone but the burning question – and one that is often discussed and mused over – is which do you spread first, the jam or the cream? In Devon, locals prefer to split their scone and cover each side with clotted cream and then add the jam on top(a Devonshire Cream Tea). Whereas, in Cornwall, locals prefer to split the scone, spread with jam(usually strawberry) and finally top it all off with a spoonful of clotted cream(Cornish Cream Tea).
Either way, at Richmond Kettle Company, we know that any combination of lovely scones, jam and cream will be better off accompanied by a beautiful pot of freshly brewed tea boiled by a handmade Richmond Copper Kettle!
With this in mind, it’s Competition Time – here’s your chance to win one of our wonderful Richmond Tea Towels via our Facebook page. All you have to do is post a picture with your Richmond Kettle and share the photo to our page. The three we feel best capture the essence of Summer and Richmond Kettles will receive a Richmond Kettle Company Tea Towel before they go on general sale. Competition closes on Friday 10th August, 2018 and a winners will be announced on Wednesday 15th August, 2018.

Top Hats, Tails and Afternoon Tea – it’s Royal Ascot week!

This week sees one of the highlights of the Summer sporting calendar – Royal Ascot. Off the back of what has been a very busy 2 months for the Queen – a Royal Baby, a Royal Wedding and Trooping the Colour – she will be heading down the racecourse at Ascot in a procession of horses and carriages which is a timeless British tradition that dates back over 300 hundred years. Ascot Racecourse was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and this meeting became officially known as Royal Ascot during the Edwardian period; a romantic golden age of long summer afternoons and garden parties.

The Queen has been present at Royal Ascot for the last 64 years and the last time she missed one of her favourite Summer events was in Coronation Year, 1953! We here at the Richmond Kettle Company think that was one clash of Royal dates that couldn’t be avoided. The Royal Family’s love of horses is so great that they have their own racehorses, trainers and jockeys. The Queen is the owner and breeder of many thoroughbred a number of which have won at Royal Ascot, the last time being Estimate’s Gold Cup victory in 2013.

This most popular of horse racing meetings is also full of fashion as designers of the latest Summer wear get high exposure as the great and the good parade around the grandstands and lawns showing off all kinds of beautiful dresses, hats and shoes. There will also be top hats, tails and, no doubt, plenty of afternoon tea on the Ascot lawns that are so exquisitely mown. The meeting lasts from Tuesday through to Saturday with members of the Royal Family in attendance throughout as well as those who love to wear Great British fashion.