Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tea and Cakes at Crafty Fox

We are delighted to have the fantastic Tea's Knees running our pop-up tea room at The Crafty Fox Christmas Markets on 10th & 11th December. We sat down with Natalie Stevens and Rebecca Goss, the lovely ladies who run The Tea's Knees to find out more....

 Why not start by telling us a bit about your background

"We met each other whilst studying photography at university and have always harboured ideas of opening a tea room.

We are a celebration of the British Tea Time and the nation’s obsession with a good cuppa and all its culinary accompaniments. We offer you a Classic Tea blend grown by the UK's only producer, Tregothnan, and a vast selection of traditional cakes and cupcakes in your favourite past time flavours, not to mention the classic cream tea. All hand made with love, care and creativity using the best quality ingredients Britain has to offer. At The Crafty Fox Christmas Market we shall also be tempting you with some festive Christmassy delights and introducing to our menu the king of savoury tea time treats - the Crumpet.

What do you hope to achieve with The Tea's Knees? 

Honing in on the UK’s insatiable thirst for tea we aim to expand into a modern London tea room to satisfy the growing need for a more sophisticated cup of tea with all the added trimmings of a British menu. With an equal passion for creative learning and engagement we aspire to offer a range of accessible art workshops and activities to accompany your cuppa.  Working with emerging artists and creative practitioners we hope to offer them a key central space to teach whilst providing our customers with a unique and creative environment to engage, socialise and relax.

What made you want to start The Tea's Knees?

We started the Teas Knees through a frustration in the drowning influx of coffee chains and cafes in London - hot, stuffy and dingy with not an ounce of customer service or environment to relax in. Despite Britain consuming over twice as much tea than coffee there are very few places in London that specialise in tea and its ceremony unless you are able to afford the Ritz or the Wolseley. Most traditional tea rooms are confined to the counties and we would like to bring our own modern version to the tea lovers of London.
In July we had the opportunity to put together some ideas and a concept for The Tea’s Knees at Artsmart, an art and design market organised by the University of Arts London. It was so successful it led us on to running a market stall at the Thames Festival and since then we were selected to be part of School for Creative Start ups, a one year programme that equips creatives with the skills needed to start a successful business.

What is your favourite Cake?

Nat - Toffee and Pecan
Bec - Carrot Cake with lots of cream cheese icing
We also love a good cream tea!

There are a lot of independant bakers around at the moment. What makes you different from other cake makers?

We feel it is very important to support and celebrate British farms and independent food suppliers and we have taken care to source the right high quality produce and use as much British ingredients where possible. Our loose leaf tea is grown in Cornwall, the UK’s only producer, our cream and butter is from a dairy farm in Devon and our Jam from Essex. Our intention is not is not to compete with market leading Bakeries such as Hummingbird Bakery but instead to offer an 'experience' alongside our menu, an alternative social venue to the boundless cafe's, Starbucks, Costa's etc that are out there.

 Don't miss The Tea's Knees tearoom on the 1st Floor at The Crafty Fox Market, 10th & 11th December (11am - 5pm).  Dogstar, Brixton


  1. Sounds great. I look forward to you opening a venue and hope I can make it to Brixton for the crafty fox market.

  2. those banoffee cupcakes at the market was amazing!!! definitely one of the highlights mmmmm