Easy Artisan Chocolate.

If you’ve been inspired by the likes of Nigella or Kirstie and fancy giving some indulgent and bespoke gifts this year.  Look no further, these luxury, artisan chocolates are deceptively easy to make. They look expensive, yet cost realativly little to produce. Continue reading “Easy Artisan Chocolate.”

Plenitude – Afternoon Tea at Edensor Tea Cottage


Tucked away in the Chatsworth estate village of Edensor, the Tea Cottage is a lovely location for an afternoon tea. Parking at the tea room is limited but there is plenty of parking near by, and in a setting as picturesque as Edensor, a little stroll to the cottage is no bad thing.


img_8355With all the right ingredients for a quintessentially English afternoon tea; a selection of crustless finger sandwiches, plenty of delicious cakes, scones (with jam and cream of course) and Yorkshire tea. I particularly enjoyed the thick cut ham with whole grain mustard sandwich and the moist lemon drizzle cake.
img_8272For the price of £13.25 per person, Edensor Tea Cottage offers a delicious afternoon tea, and even a take away box for those cakes you can’t quite finish!

  • Review From Lady Convivial

img_8274I would have to agree on all accounts with Lady Viv, it was a most delightful day spent with the other ladies at Edensor Tea Cottage. We were spoiled with a plenitude of divine sandwiches (egg, ham, smoked salmon, cheese), scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream along with a cornucopia of desserts that were a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.

I also particularly liked the sandwiches as we are no wilting violets in this group and tackled the savouries with giddy delight. We had finally met our match in the cakes as I was deliciously over-faced with more confections then my poor stomach would allow. What a struggle to have though? Too many cakes! Marvelous!

img_8354All the ladies attempted to tackle all their allocated cakes – sharp lemon drizzles and devilishly rich chocolate cakes – but alas only a couple of us mastered the challenge but had to be wheeled out with a wheelbarrow by the end of it. Seriously though, the cake selection was both divine and ample. Lush darling! Simply lush!

img_8353Needless to say, we all ran out of room for the scones and took them home with us for next day treats. Quite a bargain for the price. A fulfilling experience in all but the service was incredibly poor. We had reserved a table for afternoon tea and were unsure about whether to wait for service at the table or go to the front, whether the afternoon tea was on its way or we were waiting to order. Some of us wanted soup before hand but didn’t have an option to get this beforehand which was perhaps a good thing considering the size of the feast that awaited us. It was a delightful afternoon tea but felt they fell down somewhat on service. That aside, I would definitely go again as the afternoon tea was a shining-star of a feast for ladies.

  • Lady Wordsmith


Now we have an extremely pressing question readers! The ladies broke out in a debate about this one….jam then cream or cream then jam?! We want your answers! What do you do?img_8351


Chatsworth Farm Shop Food Fair 2016


The ladies were very keen to visit the lovely Chatsworth farm shop recently and enjoy sampling some of the local artisan companies that partner with the farm shop. As a special treat Lady Sky and Lady Wordsmith took both camera and video camera (our very first video for LTO!) to the show and sampled more than enough confections and delicacies. Be sure to let Lady Sky know if you enjoyed her ‘on camera presence’, it was her first attempt at interviewing! The rest of the ladies think she did a spectacular job of it!

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Hakkasan Las Vegas

Whilst in Las Vegas recently, I was spoiled for choice when it came to dining options. Staying at the MGM Grand and in need of something close (if you’ve been to Vegas you’ll understand what I mean) I was delighted to discover the Hakkasan restaurant and night club on our very doorstep. Continue reading “Hakkasan Las Vegas”

Fabulous Farmers Markets…

This morning I found myself strolling through the Pavilion Gardens on route to the Octagon. My objective; the local farmers market. Continue reading “Fabulous Farmers Markets…”

Ladies Take On….1980s Inspired Fondue Night!

We wouldn’t say we are domestic goddesses (well, Lady Sky might say she is) but we are all willing to have a go and have a laugh! We attempted a feat our parents once indulged in regularly – Fondue Nights! We thought we would revive the fondue night and have a little experiment as to how we could make a fondue feast (melted cheese and bread…what is not to love?) that was both edible and entertaining. Learn from our mishaps but also join in our laughter as we done some pinnies and get inspired by 1980s domesticity.

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Crispy Oat Biscuits, treat yourself…..

These simple yet scrumptious biscuits are sure to delight, quick and easy they hit the sweet spot. Continue reading “Crispy Oat Biscuits, treat yourself…..”

“Down The Rabbit Hole”- Richmond Tea Rooms – Manchester

Lady Sky and Lady wordsmith decided to jump down the rabbit hole and visit the Richmond Tea Rooms in Manchester for Lady Sky’s birthday recently. Alice in Wonderland themed, this treat of treats had us giddy for hours and that wasn’t just the bubbly…

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