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A Cup of Tea With Our Customers

A Cup of Tea With Our Customers

We sit down with a customer who run a local tearoom, café / venue that serves our tea. We are always keen to promote the beautiful places around our county.

This time we’re at Lopwell Dam talking to Jayne from The Old Pump House.

Lopwell Dam

Where are we? The Old Pump House at Lopwell Dam

How long has the business been here? Four and a half years

What sort of things do you serve? We do breakfasts, light lunches (sandwiches, jackets, pain is etc), soups, gourmet burgers. Homemade cakes, flapjacks and scones. We try and locally source as much a possible and make as much as possible. We make all our cakes, scones etc. We also make our own soups, chilli, quiches and we even make our own chutneys for the ploughmans etc. We have a collection of vintage China which we can do beautiful, afternoon teas with( pre booking req) We also have a Friday night supper where we do a themed supper, outdoors on the beautiful terrace if we can

What's your favourite thing about working here? The view is simply amazing! No one else I know has a view like that when they are at work. I'm lucky, I do a job I love in an amazing place with lovely customers!

What’s the most popular item on your menu? Our homemade cakes and cream teas
Where is your favourite place in Plymouth? I would have to say Plymouth Hoe. Perfect place for a stroll.

Where is your favourite place in the Southwest? I love Saunton Sands beach. Huge long beach, golden sands and never really packed!

What's your favourite drink? Non-alcoholic, has to be a cup of tea, I drink gallons, mostly cold! But alcoholic has to be a very cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Scones with Plymouth Tea

Sweet or Savoury scone? Tough one as a we do a cream tea and a cheese tea (cheese scones, wedge of cheddar and pot of chutney). and I love that when they are just out the oven. But I would say a cream tea just tips it. Although I do quite often have one of each scone!

Jam or cream first? Cream every time.

How do you have your tea? Strong, tiny splash of milk, no sugar.

Any information for anyone who wants to visit you? Currently open 7 days a week from Easter 01752 695978 - final bit of info.....don't follow satnav! It will lead you astray

Twitter @lopwelldam

Ten healthy reasons to drink more tea

Here are ten healthy reasons to drink more tea.

  • Tea contains antioxidants.Tea's antioxidants protect your body from the ravages of aging.
  • An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135mg caffeine; tea contains 30-50mg per cup.
  • Tea contains a natural theanine which works as an anti-stress agent.
  • Tea is a source of the minerals manganese, essential for bone growth and body development, and potassium, vital for maintaining body fluid levels.
  • Green tea and black teas are from the same plant, "Camelia sinensis", and contain similar amounts of antioxidants and caffeine.
  • Tea without milk has no calories. Using semi-skimmed milk adds around 13 calories per cup, but you also benefit from valuable minerals and calcium.
  • Tea contains a natural source of fluoride, less than 15% of UK water has fluoride added.
  • Drinking tea (without sugar) has been associated with beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay.
  • Tea contains zinc and folic acid.
  • A study from the Netherlands found a 70% lower risk of fatal heart failure in people who drank at least two to three cups of tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers