Ripon Museums & Realitea Blowing The Horn For Ripon
Guest blog from Ripon Museums
The kitchen garden at the Ripon Workhouse Museum and Realitea café in Ripon both celebrated anniversaries this year (10th and 5th respectively) and it was therefore a pleasure and great opportunity to work with the Outreach Team from Harlow Carr Gardens on their 70th Anniversary CommuniTEA project.
The resultant teas, the Ripon Hornblower Blend and Matron’s Minty Blend, were showcased and available for tasting during Harlow Carr Garden’s Flower Show. Included in the beautiful CommuniTEA marquee, Ripon Museums and Realitea were proud to blow the horn for Ripon during the three days of the show.
Volunteers from the Workhouse kitchen garden gained so much help and knowledge about tea blending from Sarita of Realitea, and together they blended herbs and flowers, and rhubarb from the kitchen garden, until a wonderful chai-like tea was produced, named the ‘Ripon Hornblower Blend’.
A second blend, ‘Matron’s Minty’ was also decided upon – using mint and herbs from the kitchen garden.
The Ripon Hornblower blend is now being served in Realitea and will be served at the Ripon Workhouse Museum on special occasions and when the pop-up café is open, usually during events.
There are also plans to sell the tea in the Workhouse Museum shop.