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Summer Iced Tea Recipes

The heatwave is showing no sign of stopping, so make use of these iced tea recipes this July. Their fruity flavours and refreshing coolness will help you to keep cool in the heat and avoid dehydration. 

Peach and Raspberry Iced Tea

Stokes’ blend of black tea, peach oil and marigold flowers is delicious served cold due to its slightly sweet flavour and floral notes – the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day.

Brew your Stokes Loose-Leaf Peach Tea as you normally would – we recommend using about one level tablespoon per glass, and fresh hot water. Let it brew for 3-5 minutes, then take the tea leaves out and leave the tea to cool until it is room temperature. If you wish to sweeten your tea, now is the time to do it – use sugar, honey or agave nectar. Once the tea has cooled, pour it into a large jug filled with ice, muddled raspberries and fresh peach slices and enjoy!

Earl Grey and Lime Cooler

Our Earl Grey blend is perfect for this recipe due to its bergamot oil, which creates a delicate and refined flavour. This contrasts with the acidity of the lime to create a balanced and refreshing summer drink.

Add a level tablespoon of Stokes Earl Grey Loose-Leaf Tea to your tea pot or strainer with freshly boiled water for 3 minutes. Let the tea cool completely before adding a splash of lime cordial – this will help to sweeten the tea and add a tangy flavour. Finish by pouring over ice and adding freshly cut lime wedges.

Top tip – If adding citrus to your tea, ensure that the tea is completely chilled, otherwise the peels of the fruits will impart a bitter quality.

Strawberries and Cream Iced Tea

The vanilla loose-leaf tea that Stokes produces gives this drink sweet, creamy notes, thanks to the vanilla oil included in the blend. The chopped strawberries add a freshness and create a summery flavour perfect for hot July days.

Brew a tablespoon of Stokes Vanilla Tea with freshly drawn boiled water for 3-5 minutes before leaving to cool until it is room temperature. Add the cool tea to a large jug filled with ice, then add chopped strawberries. Allow the strawberries to infuse into the tea for a few minutes before serving – enjoy!

Top tip – If you prefer a sweeter tea, try adding some strawberry syrup.


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The Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos Tea

The Rise of the Rooibos

Many of us are aware of the benefits of drinking tea, particularly green tea due to it’s high antioxidant level. Fewer of us are aware that rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is a close second when it comes to health benefits.

Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its ability to cure headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. This tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannins. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps, as well as bring relief from asthma and other related conditions. It also boosts the immune system.

Rooibos tea or red tea is an herbal beverage, with medicinal properties, that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but an herb. The fermented tea is red in color. The health benefits of red rooibos tea are abundant. It is popular due to its great taste and unique color that come along with health benefits.

Its medicinal attributes have been confirmed by The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., which has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart diseases, premature aging, and other serious conditions.

•Rooibos is all natural and contains no additives, preservatives or colorants.

•Rooibos is naturally free of caffeine and makes a terrific beverage for anyone avoiding caffeine late in the day or all together.

•The soothing effect that Rooibos seems to have on the central nervous system may make it an effective sleep aid.

•While Rooibos is high in antioxidants it is not as high as green and black teas.

•The antioxidants in Rooibos are also different than those found in green and black teas.

•Additionally, Rooibos is high in polyphenol content, another type of antioxidant.

•Rooibos has its own properties, one is a specific flavonoid that is found only in Rooibos called aspalathin.

•Of the 10 identified antioxidants present in Rooibos aspalathin is one of three that are found in the greatest quantities.

•Green Rooibos or the non-oxidized version has more antioxidant benefit than the more popular oxidized version.

•Rooibos contains numerous nutrients.

•Rooibos has been successfully used to treat the symptoms of colic in infants.

•Rooibos can relieve stomach and digestive disorders such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, cramps and constipation in adults.

•Rooibos has shown promise in alleviating the symptoms of psoriases and aiding in the treatment of acne and aging when used topically and I predict it will be the next big thing in beauty products.


Stokes Tea & Coffee stock over 30 types of loose leaf tea including Rooibos and several unique blends exclusive to Stokes! See our full range here.


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Join the Refill Movement with Stokes

Refill with Stokes

Why should we REFILL?

The problem with plastic is the effects our pollution of it has on all marine life. Between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The biggest contributor to this is in the form of large plastic items such as plastic bottles and other household items that are littered and make their way to the water.

The Global efforts to recycle plastic bottles cannot keep up with the one million bought around the world every minute! Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning 44% are NOT put in the recycling.

We’ve all heard of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and it’s clear that in general we fall down at the recycling end of the line. Stokes Tea & Coffee have therefore joined the Refill movement to help combat plastic pollution before it even reaches the recycle stage.

It’s all in the name: REFILL. Reduce plastic production and plastic waste by reusing your plastic bottles when you REFILL your drinks at any of our FREE REFILL STATIONS.

Stokes have refill stations in all three of their Lincoln cafes: Stokes High Bridge Cafe, Stokes Collection Cafe, Stokes Lawn Cafe. Here you can refill your water bottle for free using the Ovopur.

The Ovopur is not just a water filter, designed by Canadian Architects it is also a piece of art in itself and is exhibited in the Canadian Fine Arts Museum. The Ovopur is designed to look great in any space all whilst filtering tap water through Aquacristal filters which emulates the natural water filtration process, making the water taste great. Find out more about the Ovopur here.

To join the REFILL movement, find our Stokes cafes on the app, pop into your nearest one and ask to refill your water for free from the Ovopur.

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Children’s Craft Workshop with Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire

Children's workshop

In celebration of the 100th birthday of the RAF, come to Stokes Lawn Cafe to see the ‘Heroes of the Airfield’ exhibition and book your child a space on our craft workshop that will be running between 11am – 1pm on Saturday 16th June 2018.

To book your child a place, call 01522 523548 or visit Stokes Lawn Cafe. Entry is FREE!

The workshop is suitable for children 5 years+. Please book in advance.

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Reusable Coffee Cups

Frank Green Reusable Cups

There has been a lot of discussion over plastic waste found in our oceans and looking into ways of reducing this. One particular focus has been on coffee cups and how we should be encouraged to reuse our cups and bottles in cafes and restaurants in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Environmental sustainability is something we at Stokes are very passionate about and promote incentives to purchase reusable coffee cups as well as offering free water refill stations in all three of our Stokes Cafes: Stokes High Bridge Cafe, Stokes Collection Cafe, Stokes Lawn Cafe.

Listen to this short interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Stokes employee Lewis Windeatt BA(Hons) CIMA Cert BA on what we have to offer as part of the solution.



You can purchase your own reusable coffee cup here.

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Two Acts Two Courses

Two Acts Two Courses

Cakes & Ale presents Two Acts Two Courses at The Blue Room…

The plays:

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life followed by The Happiest Day of Your Life, written and directed by Steve Gillard.

The courses:

Crispy belly pork, mustard mash, glazed carrots and apple puree
Classic fish and chips
Vegetable Tagine with butterbean casserole (suitable for vegetarians and vegans)

Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream
Chocolate brownie with raspberries and raspberry sorbet
(both are suitable for vegetarians, for vegan please choose the brownie and specify you are vegan in dietary requirements at the end of checkout)

The Blue Room Lincoln

20th & 21st April 2018

First show starts at 7pm.

Get your tickets here 

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The Clark Tracey Octet

The Clark Tracey Octet

Pianist Stan Tracey OBE, who died in 2013, was known as the ‘Grandfather of British Jazz’ and his music continues to live and develop, thanks to the continued enthusiasm and dedication of Stan’s son Clark, winner of the British Jazz Awards no less than 6 times, for keeping his legacy alive.

Most of tonight’s musicians appeared in Stan’s last Octet and they all represent the cream of the British jazz scene.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548

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Nat Steele’s ‘Portrait of the MJQ’

Nat Steele's 'Portrait of the MJQ'

If ever a jazz quartet was unique it was the Modern Jazz Quartet, with their combination of classical delicacy and bebop bravura.

This new quartet, formed in 2016, under the leadership of vibraphonist Nat Steele has retained the authentic lightness of touch performing the music of one of the most famous and influential groups of the 20th Century.

Gabriel Latchin – piano, Dario Di Lecce – bass, Steve Brown drums complete a very classy line-up who will be playing their versions of stellar favourites such as ‘Bags Groove’, ‘Django’, ‘Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise’.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 17th March 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548

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Tom Hill’s ’70s Jazz Funk Machine’

Tom Hill's '70s Jazz Funk Machine'

Put on your bellbottoms and platform shoes and dig the funky jazz of the 1970s.

This classy sextet celebrates the music by artists like The Crusaders, Weather Report, David Sanborn, Grover Washington plus vocals from the Bill Withers songbook.

Tom Hill aka Tom Clarke-Hill (the voice of Tony the Tiger) on bass fronts this Grrrrrrreat band which includes Bryan Corbett trumpet, Al Gurr – keys, Andy Shillingford – sax, Lee Jones – guitar and Nick Milward – drums.

Join us for this fantastic evening at The Blue Room on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Tickets are £14 or £7 for Students and Under 16s

Performance begins at 8pm with the bar opening from 7.30pm

Pre-show dining is also available at Stokes Lawn Cafe.

To book dinner and tickets please call 01522 523548