Turnround in lockdown


6,000th Afternoon Tea delivered to your door – in Essex

Tiptree Patisserie in Witham has just delivered their 6,000th Afternoon Tea Box to a home in Essex since the start of lockdown; an amazing turnround from their usual business of baking and delivering great cakes to London hotels and East Anglian tea rooms. The bakery, which has a reputation for making hand finished cakes, had to change direction overnight and look for a new market to protect the jobs of their bakers and staff.

“We quickly created an afternoon tea box for four people: handmade cakes, biscuits and scones, with Tiptree Strawberry jam and optional Cornish Clotted Cream which proved to be a great hit with people in Essex. We have extended the options adding fresh Tiptree strawberries and a “Tipsy” version with a bottle of Tiptree Strawberry Gin Liqueur,” said Daren McGrath managing director of Tiptree Patisserie. “People in lockdown were keen to enjoy a treat at home and many of our customers are now sending the afternoon tea box to friends and relations as a birthday gift.”

As a way of helping people who had difficulty obtaining some of the basics during lockdown the Patisserie also offered customers: fresh eggs, flour, milk and cream.

Orders and payments are only taken over the phone, which can be busy, but it means queries and delivery dates are confirmed immediately. The cakes and scones are freshly made so they could be frozen if you can’t eat them all in one day – good news for solo households.

With the virtual National Cream Tea Day on Friday 26th June it is expected that Essex consumers will be keen to place their orders prior to the day.

Afternoon tea: 4 pieces of Lemon Drizzle cake, 4 pieces of Carrot cake, 8 shortbread biscuits, 4 handmade Fruit scones, 4 mini jars of Tiptree Strawberry Conserve – £20

Optional extras: 4 portions of Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream £2; Tiptree strawberries £3;
1 x 35cl bottle of Tiptree Strawberry Gin Liqueur – £15
Father’s Day 21st June option: 1 x 35cl
Tiptree Spiced Rum Liqueur – £15


Home delivery & afternoon teas call Monday – Friday 9 a.m. -3.30 p.m. 01376 509101

Daren McGrath, Tiptree Patisserie 01376 509101 Liz Baker – Wilkin & Sons 01621 815407; Sally Carpenter – ClientAct PR – 0789 907 5444 or 01376 513640

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