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Hugh’s War on Waste

Did you know that the takeaway paper cups you get from cafes can’t be recycled? I didn’t until a few months ago, when there were lots of articles in the news about it.

Turns out the articles I saw were triggered by the BBC programme Hugh’s War on Waste. It was on TV last night and in it Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall investigates how the takeaway cups can’t be recycled as the plastic lining can’t be easily separated from the paper. Plus the cups are made from virgin paper, which makes it even worse.

It’s worth a watch if you haven’t already seen it. The takeaway cups are referred to as coffee cups throughout, but we know you can get tea in them too and so it’s even more reason to take a leisurely break for proper tea in a proper pot with a proper cup and saucer. Or bring your own reusable cup.


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Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

9a Oswald Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9LP.

The wide range of cupcakes on offer at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

The wide range of cupcakes on offer at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

H had romised to take me to a very special tea shop. That tea shop was Sweet Tooth Cupcakery.

This small but perfectly formed tea shop has everything I could wish for. The decor is stylish and quirky, with vintage boxes and tins on shelves around the walls and transfers of 1950s housewives in the kitchen. The crockery is all vintage and elegant. As the name suggests the only cake they sell is a cupcake, but oh, what a cupcake!

All the cupcakes are named after famous people, so I chose a Rita Hayworth and H had a Dita von Teese. There were around 15 different cupcakes to choose from and all looked gorgeous.

Tea, coffee and cupcakes at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

Tea, coffee and cupcakes at Sweet Tooth Cupcakery

The tea came in a perfect little teapot, with yellow milk jug and sugar bowl.

The tea was good and the cupcakes so impressive that this needs to go into the top 5 places to drink tea. Go here if you are ever within visiting distance and go early or all the cupcakes will be gone. It’s only open Thursday to Sunday so plan your visit well!

Teapot? Yes.
Leaf tea? I was so overwhelmed by the cupcakes I can’t remember, I think tea bags though.
Milk jug? Big milk jug.
Price? £6.70 for a tea, a cappucino and two cupcakes.
Cake? Cupcakes a go go!
Go again? Yes.