We’ve teamed up with London restaurant Dalloway Terrace and The London Essence Company for an afternoon tea championing biodiversity.
We are delighted to announce that on the 18th May, in partnership with Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury Hoteland tonic brand The London Essence Company, we launched a three-month summer terrace floral installation and limited-edition Neal’s Yard Remedies afternoon tea, which will focus on ethical and sustainable practices, and the preservation of British biodiversity.
Just a -seven-minute walk from our HQ in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, the afternoon tea will be served daily between 1-4pm and will feature fresh, British, sustainably sourced ingredients. We’ve also created a ‘pollinator-friendly’ code for any afternoon tea delights made with bee-friendly ingredients, such as a Wild English Strawberry and Elderflower Tartlette, and scones using Scottish raspberry jam that was pollinated by the supplier’s bees.
Dalloway Terrace will also be serving an exclusive taster of our new organic herbal tea blend, Lemon Balm & Elderflower Biodiversitea, as well as a Rose & Jasmine non-alcoholic cocktail that will incorporate our very own organic rose buds.
In support of our Save the Bees campaign, £1 from every afternoon tea will be donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The beautiful bespoke floral installation adorning the terrace has been designed by Nikki Tibbles, founder of award-winning British luxury florist, Wild at Heart. The installation draws inspiration from ’the pollinator-friendly flowers and herbs grown in our organic gardens at Peacemarsh, Dorset, such as rosemary, elderflower, lavender, and chamomile. Wild at Heart works in a way that ensures little to no waste, and anything leftover is recycled or reused, which is why the design incorporates a selection of repurposed silk wildflowers.
To launch the this special three-month pop-up, we hosted a series of events with opinion leaders, sustainability champions and editors with an exclusive preview afternoon tea on the 17th May, followed by an intimate dinner on the 18th with our co-owner, Anabel Kindersley. A celebration of British biodiversity and the importance of co-collaboration across industries to effect change, the evening’s guest speakers included award-winning photographer, Matilda Temperley, founder of Grow2Know, Tayshan Hayden-Smith, co-founder of Earthed Christabel Reed, and Explorer, Lucy Shepherd.
“Biodiversity and campaigning are right at the heart of what we do at Neal’s Yard Remedies. Our eco-factory in Dorset is where we sow, grow, and bottle - and without pollinators, we simply wouldn’t be able to create the beautiful, natural products that we do. There are so many champions of biodiversity at this table that are beacons of light, such as Earthed and Grow2Know, and it’s critical that we work collaboratively to make change happen. If we want to make a true difference to the world, we really do need to all stand together.”
“People think a lot about sustainable food, but it often doesn’t carry over to the drinks industry. It’s all about biodiversity on our farm, with not only apple trees but wild flowers and woodlands that we leave near untouched, to allow invertebrates and pollinators to flourish. We’re always looking out for the wild bees and creating habitats for them by using the prunes from our trees to create sheltered spaces. We’ve lost 20% of our traditional orchards in the last four years in the UK – trees which were habitats for pollinators. The last few years, with the change in extreme weather in the UK, has come with its challenges to bees being able to thrive – another threat to pollinators alongside pesticide usage.”