Howick Hall Gardens
This short Nordic Walk around Howick Hall gardens provides the most beautiful views of the gardens in winter. With any luck you’ll see snowdrops and crocuses and maybe even some early daffodils.
After the walk we will visit the small tea shop in the grounds, to sample their tea (maybe Earl Grey tea) and cake.
Howick Hall was the home of the Charles Grey, the second Earl. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1830 to 1834. Whilst he is much more famous locally for the prominent monument in Newcastle, he is most recognised for his involvement in the Reform Act of 1832 and the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833.
Earl Grey tea is a classic black tea, but with the distinct orange flavour of bergamot. Supposedly the blend came from a desire to make a tea to suit the water in Howick, as most teas, available at that time, did not taste good with the local water.
Lady Grey tea is a lighter spiced blend and is named after the wife of Charles. The 6th Earl endorsed Twinnings to provide Earl Grey tea. They also own the trademark for Lady Grey tea.
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