An enduring urban myth is that the continentals don’t do tea. In fact many of their supermarkets have an astonishing range of teas, though nothing strong enough for many British palettes. But what many don’t do is make tea with boiling water. As a result, it’s often lacking in the flavour of a good old British cuppa.
And if you’ve ever stayed in French self-catering, chambres d’ hotes, B&B, pension or gite accommodation, no matter how well equipped, you often won’t find a kettle to make your morning tea. You’ll be expected to heat your water in a pan on the hob or in the coffee maker, resulting in a strange continental hybrid beverage. You may find a similar situation in pensions in Spain, Portugal and Germany.
So when you’re kitting out your new guest accommodation, you’ll delight tea-drinking guests if you include a kettle in every B&B bedroom or the kitchen. And as the French often make, and drink, their tea in a bowl, don’t forget a teapot and some decent sized traditional tea cups or pretty china mugs. You’ll outshine the opposition and score top marks in your visitor book and on Trip Advisor.
Those guests who still subscribe to the other urban myth of “don’t drink the water”, especially in hotter countries like Spain and Portugal, will be thrilled if your kettles come complete with built-in water filter for purer water. The new generation of jug kettles are so safe and easy to use they’re perfect for European holiday accommodation.
You might want to opt for an ultra-fast energy efficient appliance like which delivers boiling, filtered water in just three seconds. Which all helps keep your electricity bill low and your guests happy.
Remember too that British visitors to your guest accommodation will probably enjoy a bedtime cuppa just as much as their morning tea. So make sure the stocks of tea, milk and sugar in guest bedrooms are high enough to meet the demand for both.
Whether you’re at the stage of kitting out your guest accommodation or actually up and running, you will have discovered the commodity in shortest supply is your time.
So while you’re busy stripping paint or stripping beds ready for your guests, your order for all your kitchen appliances, including tea caddy can be on its way to you in France, Spain, Germany or Portugal for just €5 delivery charge from Littlewoods Europe.