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Tales of the Tea Pot, and how to choose yours!

The eponymous teapot has become an English institution. For many of us a teapot means so much more than a mere vessel for brewing and pouring tea. The teapot is a symbol of friendship, of telling stories and confiding in each other.

There it sits between your friends and your teacups, loyally keeping the tea warm, listening in on your conversations and never telling a soul what it’s heard. It also represents treasured moments of solitude. Like an old friend or a childhood toy, indeed like tea itself, your favourite teapot is a source of pure joy, comfort and reassurance.

The History

There is no one traditional image of the teapot. Its history is long and sometimes a little muddled: it certainly originated in China over 5000 years ago and oriental style teapots tend to be slightly smaller, individual sizes, than their English counterparts. Teapots came into existence in the UK around the 16th century.

Today, teapots come in many styles and sizes. Which teapot to choose? Large teapots for gatherings of family and friends, of course. Small teapots for those private moments, curled up with a book or a best friend. Teapots with infusers, or teapots without? Floral, traditional or modern designs? Funky and fun? Or gold plated antiques? Which material to choose? Glass or ceramic, fine bone china or simply clay… wow, what an array!

Which Teapot is for me?

Well, there’s no need to worry about a storm in a teacup… One of the great joys of drinking tea is choosing the accessories to go with it. And at Twinings we’ve a huge variety of teapots, teacups and saucers for every occasion and for all tastes. So here are a few ideas to help you choose which teapot to buy.

loose-leaf tea lovers

First and foremost what sort of tea will you serve? For loose-leaf tea lovers, buying a teapot with a built-in strainer is a great option:

La Cafetiere Le Teapot Copper - 2 Cup

£35.00 each

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La Cafetière combine flair, style and sophistication to bring you the flavour of café society in the comfort of your own home.

Alison Appleton Fritz

Those of you who prefer minimalist, modern designs check out the marvellous Alison Appleton Fritz collection, porcelain teapots with inbuilt fine stainless steel infusers.

Alison Appleton Emperor’s Bird tea set

If it’s tradition, heritage and elegance you want, it’s hard to beat our best selling Allison Appleton Emperor’s Bird tea set.

Made from De Hua porcelain and black clay, which gives the appearance of cast iron but without the weight. The teapot comes with an integral steel filter, so are perfect for loose tea.

The adorable Emperor’s Bird tea set was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of the Emperor and the Nightingale. The porcelain lid depicts the Nightingale and the four cups, also made from black clay and porcelain have a lovely inlay of hand painted blossoms.

Teapots Sans Strainer

However, not all teapots come with a built in strainer and for these you need to use a separate tea strainer, which can lend a sense of ceremony to the art of pouring tea!

Burleigh collection

Traditionalists and lovers of ye olde Englande will adore the aristocratic style teapots in the Burleigh collection.

Burleigh Dove Grey Calico Large Teapot

£55.00 each

World-renowned for its patterns and design, Burleigh pottery is synonymous with English heritage and unrivalled craftsmanship. This teapot is a lovely gift and a great companion for your next afternoon tea party or get together with friends and family.

Burleigh Black Regal Peacock Teapot

£55.00 each

This teapot is made from English earthenware clay and hand-decorated at Middleport Pottery with a black and white palette bringing an air of refinement to your teatime ritual.

elegant & glamorous

Combining tradition with modern glamour the Miss Etoile Eyes teapot is the epitome of elegance.

With long-lashed eyes and blushed cheeks either side of the spout, she is both trés chic and fun! One of our favourites, Miss Etoile is the perfect pot for catching up with a girlfriend or two.

 
 

I love my teapot!

- feefo review

Miss Etoile Open Eyes Teapot

£36.00 each

Beautifully crafted from crisp white ceramic and decorated with a charming feminine face design. Place it on your afternoon tea table for a fabulous and fresh new look and feel.

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Miss Etoile Eyes Teapot

£36.00 each

The brilliantly white ceramic Miss Etoile Eyes & Dots teapot is beautifully crafted from ceramic and decorated with a distinctive feminine face with blush pink cheeks and enhanced with black dots and gold accents.

So perhaps there’s more to the “little teapot short and stout” than at first you thought.

As loyal and comforting as an old friend, the sturdy protector of your precious tea and as trustworthy as a pet, a teapot pours forth its tea as much as we pour out our stories over a cup of its piping hot contents. So, if teapots could talk, whose teapot would you like to listen to? Happy tea times!

Favourite Tea Accessories

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Tea Timer

£32.50 each

Our Twinings Tea Timer will help you brew your teas and infusions for the right amount of time!

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Twinings Tea Tidy

£6.00 each

Stylish Twinings branded stainless steel tea bag tidy.

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