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Afternoon Tea with Stokes

The new railways of the late 19th Century opened floodgates to the Westcountry where visitors bustled to relax and indulge in hotels, tearooms, farmhouses and cafés, offering delicious afternoon cream teas. Let’s look at the finest ingredients for an Afternoon Tea …


What makes jam 'Extra' Jam ?


Traditional jam recipes are simple but often time consuming, using equal quantities of fruit and sugar.

Commercial producers can use as little as 350g of fruit per kilo, with some jams using even less fruits and more additives and flavouring. Water and extra sugar are added to create the ‘jam effect’.

Extra’ jam has a legal minimum requirement of 450g of fruit per kilo.

We prefer more with our Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant Extra Jams.

From 'perfect' to 'oops'


In the Old Stables at Rendlesham, knowing eyes watch over slow cooking blackcurrants, as they simmer, waiting for that very fine line between ‘perfect’ and ‘oops’.

Our kitchen staff have an enviable expertise and are as passionate about their jams, preserves, relishes and sauces as we all are.

But it’s not just the amount of fruit.

Use 50% poor quality blackcurrants and you can only create poor jam.

It's all about ingredients


We go to uncompromising lengths to make sure the blackcurrants we use have that signature juicy sweet / tart flavour; the raspberries are rich, sweet and luscious; and the succulent strawberries have keynotes of Wimbledon.

Stokes use unrefined cane sugar, which is a typical artisan sugar. Produced in smaller batches, it is less processed and retains all or most of the cane molasses around the sugar crystals.

This natural sweetness and additional depth of flavour simmer gently with the extra fruit to give the deeply flavoursome jams we love to deliver.

Ordered, Delivered, Enjoyed


Enjoy the Taste of Stokes

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