Some of Our Favourite Local Cream Teas!

Today is a very, VERY important day. We’re sure you all know, because it’s just one of the most wonderful days of the year, but just incase you don’t… IT’S NATIONAL CREAM TEA DAY! WOO! Grab the jam, grab the cream, it’s time for a West Country party.

As we are from the home of Cream Tea’s, we decided we best let you all know where to find some of the best spots in Devon, to feast on a traditional Cream Team!

Also, do help us settled the ever ongoing argument of cream or jam first?! It’s certainly a debate here at The Poppery and we need to put it to bed for once and for all! Are you a Devon Cream Tea-er or a Cornish Cream Tea-er? (See the image below to distinguish a Cornish and Devonian scone.)

graphic copy

Avon Mill

The first spot that we would like to introduce you to is Avon Mill. Avon Mill, is primarily known for being a really rather gorgeous garden centre, with a few little boutique shops, a gallery and a very lovely cafe (that serves a deeeelicious Cream Tea!) This is a great place to visit if your looking to have a mooch around and a munch! Opposite the garden centre is also a gorgeous grassy area with a pretty river- perfect for a sunny visit!

Cream Tea
The Avon Mill Cream Tea!

The Two Bridges Hotel

Next on our delicious Cream Tea list is the Two Bridges Hotel. Situated in the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park, the Two bridges Hotel is a very beautiful place to visit. With plenty of magnificent walking routes nearby, you can easily spend a whole day enjoying the scenery and after treating yourself to a well deserved Cream Tea! (Sounds like a perfect plan to us!) Oh and for those of you that like to take a pup with you when you walk, the Two Bridges is also dog friendly and will warmly welcome any four legged friends.

cream tea 2
The Two Bridges Hotel cream Tea!

Dart Marina Spa & Hotel

Another venue that hosts a magical Cream Tea is Dart Marina Spa & Hotel, in Dartmouth. Situated right by the River Dart, the gorgeous Dart Marina Spa & Hotel offers a lovely outdoor space to soak up the sun and watch the boats come and go; the ideal setting to enjoy a very delicious Cream Tea. Dartmouth is certainly the perfect location on a sunny Saturday- explore the town on foot, explore the sea via kayak or take the ferry across the water and experience a very scenic coastal walk- then a Cream  Tea to finish! YUM!

 

We hope you make the most of National Cream Tea Day wherever you are and make sure you let us know whether you eat your scones in the Devonian or Cornish style!

If you enjoyed this post, have a look at our post Vessel Beer Shop- Plymouth!

Meet Tina: Surf, Sup & So Very Cool!

Tina Beresford is a surfer living in Cornwall, who is part of the Gul Surfing Team, that compete in three different surfing disciplines in the UK and abroad. She has very kindly given us an insight into her very cool surfing life and we wish we were as cool and talented as her!

How did you get into surfing?

I had always wanted to try surfing and at the age of 18 I finally got the chance on a university surf trip to North Wales. I loved it and was instantly hooked! It shaped my future as I later took on the role as the captain of my university surf club, organising all the trips and working to get as many people surfing with me as possible! I then travelled for a year to surf spots around the world, to improve and experience warm water surfing. Following this amazing experience, I slowly moved south from Manchester to Cornwall in order to catch more waves and meet similar minded surfing friends.

What made you get into competitive surfing?

Apart from the few surf competitions I competed in at University, when I couldn’t really surf, I made a late entrance into competitive surfing at the age of 28 in; longboard, shortboard and stand-up paddleboard surfing disciplines. I always liked the idea of competing and after over thinking about why I should/shouldn’t do it, I just went for it entering every surfing competition going, with the simple aim of becoming a better surfer!

What have been your competition highlights so far?

Last year I was lucky to compete for England, at the ISA Worlds Standup Paddleboarding championships in Denmark, where I placed 13th in the world for Womens Sup Surfing. This was the third time I’ve represented my country, abroad in sup surfing, with the first being in France in June 2016 and then at Cloudbreak in Fiji in November 2016, with some of the best surfers from around the world! In Fiji, I came 12th in the women’s event and got a real taste of what it’s like for surfers that compete internationally, on the best reef based waves in the world!

My aim for this year was to make it to the final of a British Longboard Union event, which I reached last week, at the Fistral Beach event. I claimed 1st place in the Womens Longboard open! This was a real competition highlight and I’m hoping the rest of the year will go just as well for my longboarding.

I’m lucky to have had so many great experiences during the last 4 years competing in surf events. A few of my other highlights include; winning the National Sup Surfing womens event at Watergate twice, experiencing Boardmasters World Surf League events, competing with Britain’s best shortboards in Thurso, making the womens semi finals and coming second in the English Nationals senior womens shortboard event. I’ve surpassed what I expected to achieve!

 

IMG_1939
Tina doing her thing!

Favourite Surf spots?

This is a hard question as there are so many great surf spots in Cornwall. Some of the most well-known are on my favourites list such as; Fistral beach, Watergate, Crantock, Godrevy and Sennen. Outside of Cornwall I’ve been lucky to surf some amazing waves such as Cloudbreak in Fiji, Jeffery’s Bay in South Africa, The Pass in Byron Bay, Thurso in Scotland, Hossegor beach breaks in France, Blacks in Southern California…..to name a few! So many more I hope to travel to and experience!

What advice would you give to those learning and wanting to progress?

If you are a new beginner surfer, it’s probably a good idea to seek out surfing lessons with a qualified Surfing England surf school, to learn quicker and in a safe environment.
Remember that “float is your friend” in most British waves and should allow you more time on your feet experiencing riding a wave. Many people seem to buy a small board too soon and have trouble getting up on waves.

It’s also essential to get a good quality wetsuit to enjoy surfing in cool to cold British waters, plus some gloves, boots and a hood for the very coldest months. Being warmer improves the experience of surfing, you can have longer surf sessions and keeping warm can help prevent injuries. The wetsuit should be well sealed keeping in a layer of water which is warmed by the body and prevents you from losing too much heat while in the water. So, it is sometimes worth paying more for a higher specification wetsuit such as the one I wear, the Gul Viper which has fluid seams.

Finally, get in the sea as often as you can to gain experience and fitness, and remember to have fun! Surfing can sometimes be frustrating but it is also a very rewarding sport!

Check out Tina’s Instagram page to follow her surfing journey! We are certainly inspired and will be in the water this summer (we’ll wait for the sunshine before jumping in though!)

Enjoyed reading all about Tina and her wave lifestyle? Have a peek at out blog post Guest Blogger Emma: Why She Loves Devon too!

Brahma Studios- Taking up a New Hobby

As it’s the start of a new year , there’s no better time to take up a new hobby and set yourself some achievable and exciting goals for the year. We have reached out to the fabulous Christie who has told us a little about her and her photography, which started as a hobby but today is much more!

Christie of Brahma Studios works closely with those beginning new business adventures and specialises in photography, videography and graphic design. We adore her ‘photography for the wild folk’ which you can checkout on her instagram here!

 

Over to Christie…

Photography and design experience to date

I began experimenting with photography from a relatively young age. My dad had an old Olympus OM-1 that he let me play around with, I’d snap up some point and shoot bargains from charity shops and some cheap film from the pound shop. I really enjoyed the developing process and that the results were always really exciting and unique.

IMG_0010-Edit-Edit

How I got into photography and design

I actually don’t have a definitive answer for this one. I was definitely the creative one of my family, possibly a trait I got from my dad and grandad. I was always doodling, painting, writing and then came the camera.

IMG_0006-Edit

What inspires me?

My inspiration often comes from the places I visit – especially coastal areas. I particularly love Cornwall and it’s rugged coastline, I’m really lucky to live in the south west and have the coast so close to me. I always feel inspired when I get back from a successful trip away. I’ve just got back from Bali, it’s such an inspirational place, I came back with lots of ideas.

IMG_0005-Edit

The equipment I used when I was a beginner

I had a relatively basic SLR when I started college, before this I was using a bog standard camera that my parents bought me for school trips, it was probably about 5 mega pixels!

An entry level SLR will do just fine, cameras are so advanced now it all depends what you want to achieve, decide your budget and talk to photographers about their experiences with their kit. Once you’ve bought your camera, maybe go to a few workshops on how to use it, personally I find it’s so much easier to learn from playing around with your gear rather than reading a manual.

Editing Tips

Again, workshops are really useful for this. So book yourself into one to learn the basics, I have learnt A LOT from other people teaching me their tricks.

Exploring Photography

Once you’re comfortable with your kit, go out and find your inspiration, I have covered a range of subjects over my time, including fashion, portraiture, landscapes and more recently food!

I found that getting out of my comfort zone was really rewarding, as someone who is naturally shy, meeting up with models was unthought of. I forced myself to break out of the comfort and meet people, message small companies and even get involved with competitions, something a few years ago I would never have dreamt doing.

In life I believe you should find what you love doing and really explore it, whether it’s photography, dance, a sport, writing poetry, travel, there is so much out there to really get stuck into.

IMG_0013-Edit

We are very fond of Christie’s work, and hope that if you haven’t already, you feel  inspired to wake-up tomorrow morning and pursue something new and totally thrilling!

 

Don’t forget to have a peak at Brahma Studios website for extra inspiration!

 

Still looking for a new hobby? Take a peak at our post ‘ONA by Agne: Luxury Knitwear and Homeware Designer’, all about giant knitwear and knitting! We think we might take it up, it’s very cool!

Christmas Eve: The Final Portlebay Advent Competition!

The final competition of our Portlebay Advent is truly something not to be missed! Day 24, along with a box of Portlebay Popcorn, is offering two vouchers for Fistral Surf School AND a £100 voucher for the clothing company Joules! OHH LA LA! If you want to be in with a chance of winning this magnificent prize head on over to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and follow the instructions!

Here’s a Little Bit of Information About These Two Lovely Brands….

Fistral Surf School

As we are very lucky and live in Devon, we are surrounded by many beautiful beaches! Although the beach is normally a sunny destination, a winter beach is just as charming and many of us popcorn-enthusiats visit all year round! We even have some wild members of our team that have no reservations about jumping in the sea and will spend a couple hours splashing about on surf boards! (Others prefer to just spectate and keep warm in our woolly hats and gloves!)

With our love of the beach in mind, we are absolutely thrilled that The Fistral Surf School have partnered with us! UntitledFistral Beach is the undisputed home for British surfing with its big sandy beach and famous waves. Sitting at the top of the beach is Fistral Beach Surf School, a family run business that has its doors open all year. The school offers surf, bodyboarding and stand up paddle boarding coaching to all ranges of abilities and ages. Their dedicated and friendly team have over 20 years of experience, and strive to provide professional coaching. All equipment has been carefully handpicked, providing the best quality possible to ensure that you have maximum satisfaction and all equipment is included in the lesson prices. Open all year round, the surf school and hire centre has all the equipment to keep you stoked and toasty no matter what the Atlantic Ocean throws at you, from toasty summers to frosty winters the hire centre has you covered.

Joules

Joules, the very lovely clothing company that is all about family and colour, started over 25 wonderful years ago when Tom Joule started selling clothing at country fairs and events. As our Portlebay Poppery is located in a rather rural part of the country and we looooooove the countryside life, we have to admit Joules is a big YES from us!

X_XMS1_CALDECOTT_BRGUNDY_FAMILY_0065_RT_EXT
Joules Clothing

The brand have created bright and typically British clothing for all family members (including dogs!) and today they have even expanded to home and footwear!

Don’t forget to enter our last Christmas Competition on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, oh and…HAPPY CHRISTMAS FOR TOMORROW!

Sandy Toes and SeaKisses

Oh we do love to be by the seaside, and so do Jo and Sue! Jo and Sue are the proud owners of the Cornish company SeaKisses, a lifestyle brand which creates seaside inspired homeware and accessories!

IMG_0242.JPG
SeaKisses Products

This lovely pair both have backgrounds in Media and Graphic Design; Sue used to publish swanky magazines in London, and Jo worked for a company making lovely stationery products. At the beginning of the 21st Century they both found themselves in Cornwall, and discovered a shared love of life by the seaside.

By 2011 they began making framed prints with lovely words about the places they knew in Cornwall. A few kind retailers agreed to sell them and people loved them. Within a few months they realised they had a business with potential and SeaKisses was born!

Living close to the sea means that Jo and Sue see the damage that 21st Century Living has on the marine environment. As a result, they try to seek out alternatives to plastic, with their Travel Cups and Dog Bowls being made from Bamboo Fibre instead! All their linens are also made in Cornwall and they only use water based inks to minimise the effect that they have on the environment.

For a chance to win some SeaKisses goodies and a box of Portlebay Popcorn, head over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the competition directions for Day 14 of our Christmas Advent Competition! (This launches at 5pm tonight!)

 

 

 

Thirsty? We know what you need!

When thirst comes a’ calling…reach for the beach! Vita Coco’s refreshing coconut water, packed with electrolytes and potassium is just what you need to rehydrate! This alternative to water is delicious, replenishing and made from young coconuts straight from the beaches of Brazil. Are you loving the sound of this? If so, today is your lucky day! Head on over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions for Day 11 of our Christmas Advent Competition, to be in with a chance of winning some of this delicious coconut water and box of Portlebay Popcorn! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight).

vitapic

Vita Coco is the original brand that started the fresh coconut water trend. Informed consumers, health & wellness experts, pro-athletes and celebrities have all become loyal fans of coconut water, swearing by the Vita Coco brand for its authentic flavour and hydration and replenishment properties! Originally introduced in the US in 2004, Vita Coco came to the UK in  just 2010.

Today Vita Coco is sold in over 20,000 stores throughout the region, including: Amazon, Boots, Harvey Nichols, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons, Nutri Centres, Nisa, Ocado, One Stop, Planet Organic, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges, Superdrug, Tesco, Waitrose, Wholefoods, many office sites and other leading independents. Vita Coco is also very proud to be sold in 30 countries!

 

We All Love The Devon Coast

Yesterday we introduced our neighbours The Devon Fudge Company (you can read all about it in our previous post!) and today we would like to introduce The Devon Beach Company! A charming business based a little further down the road than our fudgey neighbours. Gordie and Marilu brought The Devon Beach Company to life in 2015. Although the company was initially proposed as an online business, during the summer months Gordie and Marilu decided to open the first Devon Beach Company shop in Churchstow, Devon!

DBC Family shots 018
Gordie and Marilu and their family

The wonderful Devon Beach Company products are inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of the South Hams and allow all to introduce some of the beautiful coast into our hearts and homes, no matter where we live! All their products are influenced by the serenity and beauty of the local landscape, sea and sky. Deep blues, natural textures and subtle finishes all chosen to create chic coastal living where ever you call home.

Whether designed in-house or sourced from around the world, their range has award winning, eco-friendly and truly functional features. From comfy cushions and bean bags to  kitchen couture and luscious lighting, all naturally influenced, to help bring a relaxed coastal mood to your home.

We also adore their luxurious beach range including their bestselling hooded ponchos, Turkish towels and sand free mat which will make any trip to the beach feel like a breeze!

DSC_0201
The gorgeous hooded ponchos

The Devon Beach Company are also able to take bespoke soft furnishing orders for your home, rental property or boat.

We have one beautiful apron designed by The Devon Beach company to be won, along with a box of our popcorn! Just pop over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the directions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)