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A Huge Afternoon Tea Order For Morning Delivery July 26, 2018 10:53
At the start of the month the NHS celebrated it’s 70th Birthday and many NHS practices across the country held tea parties to celebrate this milestone Birthday. It was a lovely idea to get staff, retired staff, volunteers, patients, users, carers and local community groups together for a cuppa and to share their NHS stories.
Devon Heaven was luck enough to be asked to provide an afternoon tea for 100 NHS practices across the country. Practices ranged in size from 10 people to 200 people which lead to a huge number of scones being sent out – 3,400 to be exact! Also included in the afternoon tea packages were 1,100 packets Teoni’s cookies and shortbread biscuits. All of this needed to be dispatched on a single day so that it could arrive on the actual Birthday of 5th July. The tricky part is that cream / afternoon tea hampers can’t be packed in advance due to the nature of the product so it was all hands to the deck. It was a great team effort and we’re very lucky to have staff willing to be flexible by starting work very early on the Wednesday to ensure that every single scone was sent on time.
Our courier DPD were great, sending three vans to collect the parcels on the Wednesday and delivering everything by midday on Thursday so that the afternoon teas could be enjoyed at lunchtime or as a traditional mid-afternoon treat.
Morning Delivery Now Available To All
In the past we haven’t offered a morning delivery option when buying cream tea hampers through the website (only doing them on special request as they were quite expensive). However, we’ve subsequently received a better price for them from our courier so have made AM delivery available for all our cream and afternoon tea hampers for £10 extra (excluding Scottish Highlands/Lowlands, Northern Ireland and any other Islands). It’s nice to have the reassurance that the afternoon tea hampers will be able to be enjoyed over lunchtime particularly when sending them to offices or when having them arrive on the date of a special occasion such as a Birthday or family gathering.
Alterative Easter Gifts – Cream Tea Hampers March 28, 2018 16:23
Are you looking for something different as an Easter present, perhaps for someone who doesn’t like chocolate, well cream tea hampers are a great alternative. Everyone loves cream teas as much as they do chocolate. They are a better small gift for adults than Easter eggs and are ideal for sharing with the family and enjoying together one afternoon during the Easter period. Also, sometimes children can end up with multiple Easter eggs so buy buying an alternative Easter gift you avoid duplicating the same gift.
Although the weather doesn’t always compile Easter coincides with the changing season’s and cream teas are a great way to start the summer, especially for those who have memories of holidaying in Devon or Cornwall.
The baskets that our cream tea hampers come in can also be used for collecting Easter eggs during children’s Easter egg hunts in the garden or used for creating an Easter themed scene with painted eggs, flowers and chicks or bunnies.
Devon Heaven Cream Tea Hampers
- Our Devonshire scones are made by a local chef and have a gold Taste of the West award.
- The clotted cream made by Langage Farm and jam made by Devon Scone Company are also award winning.
- They come with free next day delivery. You can also choose to have delivery on a particular date.
- A gift card where you can enter a personal message such as ‘Happy Easter’ is included.
- At the time of writing we have 498 reviews of which 487 are 5 stars (and these are managed by a 3rd party and cannot be faked, edited or deleted).
- Almost everything we sell is for a gift so our cream and afternoon tea hampers are all designed to be nicely presented on arrival.
- As well as the scones, cream, jam and tea our afternoon tea hampers also include artisan cheese and biscuits, local cakes, chocolate truffles and much more.
Cream Teas For Offices & Large Groups August 11, 2017 20:05
Group Cream Tea
Our Group Cream Tea is a cream tea designed for a group of people with various size options (in increments of 4) ranging from 4 to 32 people. Previously, we only listed a cream tea to cater for up to 20 but we've recently expanded this to 32 people. We've worked out how much cream and jam is required per scone so all you need to know is how many people / scones are needed. The Devon scones, cream and jam also come with a selection box of Devonshire Tea containing sachets of Breakfast, Earl Grey and Afternoon tea blends.
Who is the Group Cream Tea Hamper for?
- Large families where four scones isn't enough
- Birthday parties - we recently provided a cream tea for a group of 100 celebrating a 21st Birthday party (see below).
- Departments within an office - companies have been running national sales incentive competitions awarding the winning branch / department with a cream tea that the team can enjoy together.
- Business to business marketing competitions.
- Company thank you's - cream teas work really well as a thank you present and satisfied customers have been sending our Group Cream Tea to businesses such as garages, nurseries, schools and firms of solicitors.
Ordering for 100 or more people
We only build in options to order for up to 32 people but have provided custom quotes for cream teas for around 100 people before. Please contact us to request a quote.
Taste of the West 2017 Gold Award for Online Retailer July 14, 2017 09:50
We’re very proud to announce that Devon Heaven has recently (it was actually a few month ago but we’ve only just decided to write about it) been awarded a 2017 Gold Taste of the West Award! We were entered in the Online Retailer category alongside other local food and drink retailers that mainly trade online.
About Taste of the West
Taste of the West are the largest independent regional food group in the UK supporting fantastic local food and drink producers / retailers from the region (that’s Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire). They run an annual awards scheme to ensure high standards are maintained awarding members with Gold, Silver and Highly Commended (formally Bronze) awards.
What were they judging?
For the online retailer category it mostly comes down to two things; the website and the product/delivery of it. For the website they’re evaluating things like the usability, attractiveness, speed, security of checkout and accuracy of the information of displayed. For the product part they ordered a hamper of their choice for a particular delivery date. The hamper they chose was our Gourmet Devon Food Hamper.
What the judge said about Devon Heaven?
The Taste of the West deemed the site to be attractive and very easy to navigate with a clear and easy checkout process. Our Gourmet Devon Food Hamper was judged to consist of some of the best food in Devon and offer excellent value for money. They were also particularly impressed with the packaging. The judge really loved our chocolate truffles and went on to order a cream tea hamper with extra truffles for his mum on Mothers Day.
Father’s Day 2017 in Devon: Gift Ideas and Free Events May 06, 2017 20:48
We’ve listed some Devon-themed Father’s Day gifts and ideas for things to do in Devon this Father’s Day; a number of local attractions have special events where dads go free.
When is Father’s Day 2017?
Sunday 18th June 2017 (always the third Sunday in June).
Devonshire Father’s Day Gifts
Devon cider is produced using traditional methods with a higher percentage of true cider apples which are richer in tannins and sharper in flavour giving a high quality product that tastes amazing.
Cream Tea Hampers
Our cream tea hampers are perfect for dads with a sweet tooth. They contain award-winning local products, have over 100 5 star reviews and come with free next day delivery which can be selected for Friday 16th June.
Devon Food Hampers
Our Devon food hampers are packed with award-winning local food and drink, produced on a small-scale using high quality ingredients, such as Georgie Porgie Puddings, Teoni’s Cookies, Willies Cacao and delicious Devon fudge.
Vouchers for Afternoon Tea in Devon
Buy a voucher to take dad for afternoon tea at the Old Forge in Chagford (winner of ‘Best Afternoon Tea in Britain’ at the Café Life Awards) or to the Orestone Manor near Torquay with it spectacular views over the South Devon coast and 2 AA rosettes for dining.
Events & Attractions in Devon Offering Free Father’s Day Entry for Dads
Father’s Day Welly Wanging at World of Country Life, Exmouth - To celebrate dad’s special day, all dads and granddads get free entry to the park as well as free entry into the Welly Wanging competition – with great prizes up for grabs for the winner! There are all the usual daily activities as well, including goat walking, animal handling, bottle feeding, Lamb Racing or Ferret Racing (depending on the weather!), the Hawkridge Birds of Prey flying display and the Deer Train Safari. https://www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk/event/fathers-day-welly-wanging/
Father's Day Special at Seaton Tramway - Dads travel free with their family. Make Dad’s day extra special and treat him to a delicious roast Sunday lunch or a scrumptious Devon cream tea at the Tramstop Cafe. http://www.tram.co.uk/events/detail/fathers-day
Dads Go Free on Father's Day at Becky Falls. Make Father's Day truly special this year with a visit to Devon's Top Beauty Spot where dads visiting on Father's Day will visit for free when accompanied by a full-paying child. There is a choice of three stunning walks, a petting zoo, children's activities with free prizes, hands-on animal feeding, animal shows and adorable meerkats and it's all included in the entry price. http://www.beckyfalls.com/ (their Facebook page also has some information on the Mother's Day event).
Father’s Day At The BiG Sheep - Free Entry to the BIG Sheep for all Dads when accompanied by a full paying child – download a voucher from the link below. Dads can enjoy a refreshing pint of real ale from the BIG Sheep brewery over lunch and then an afternoon of whizzing down the slides and monkeying around on the gladiator rings. http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/events/details/fathers-day-2
Father’s Day at Powderham Castle, Kenton – Dads are invited to visit for FREE when accompanied by a paying child. Enjoy fun, outdoor games from cricket and croquet to wacky races and making daddy a mummy! http://www.powderham.co.uk/events/fathers-day-0
Busy Christmas & Happy New Year 2017 January 13, 2017 10:27
We’re just getting back into the swing of things here at Devon Heaven Hampers following a busy Christmas period which saw us flat out through December so thought it was time to update our blog and look ahead to 2017.
Christmas 2016 was a big success for us with many returning customer reordering at Christmas as well as lots of new customers choosing to buy our Devon food hampers.
Our cream and afternoon tea hampers were particularly popular, helped by a great reputation our cream tea hampers have earned. With Christmas falling on a Sunday in 2016 it also meant that we could send cream and scones Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday and Christmas day would still fall within the 5 days that they’re best consumed within. Christmas 2017 falling on a Monday also won’t be too bad in that respect.
Most of the food we stock is produced on a small scale without preservatives so best before dates often only last a few months past Christmas, hence balancing stock levels was one of the biggest challenges this year.
Luckily for us we didn’t have a white Christmas or any other weather issues in the run up to Christmas so both deliveries via Royal Mail and our courier all ran on time.
It was great to see a number of small and medium sized Devon based businesses sending our Devon food hampers to clients, as well as a number of non-local companies, including 26 hampers we sent to Denmark.In 2017 we’ll soon be looking add more afternoon tea hampers and a number of larger hampers. We won’t be adding too many though as we don’t want to overwhelm users with a range that takes too long to look through, so aim to keep our product ranges to only the very best products!
Holiday Home Hampers July 18, 2016 10:38 1 Comment
With two national parks and two spectacular coastlines Devon has plenty to offer visitors to the area. Whether your holiday home is a quaint seaside cottage or a wooden lodge set in a holiday park, we can provide hampers to delight your guests upon arrival and provide them with their first taste of the West Country.
Why offer guests a hamper?
Providing guests with a hamper only adds a small cost to letting out a holiday home, but is a thoughtful touch that can make a big difference to the welcome visitors receive. It starts their holiday on the right note and goes a long way to encouraging them to stay again.
Types of holiday home hampers
For many tourists visiting the region, the local food is as much of a draw as the beautiful coastline and countryside on offer in the county. All our hampers are packed with food and drink sourced from within Devon, which is clearly important to guests who want to experience something unique to this part of the country. Often holiday home owners will have a clear idea of the types of products that they would like to include in a hamper, and we are more than happy to customise them. Simply let us know what is required and we can provide a quote. Food than doesn’t need refrigeration and has a reasonable shelf life is usually the best choice. Local wine, cider, real ales, tea, coffee, biscuits, crisps, popcorn, jam, chutney etc. are popular products to go into holiday home hampers.
How to arrange delivery for guests’ arrival
The best way to arrange this is usually for us to send the hampers to whoever manages the changeover so that the hamper can be left at the accommodation at the same time that its cleaned. To save on delivery costs, it might be best for multiple hampers to be sent to the management company at a time.
Holiday home hamper discount
We can offer hamper discount in recognition of the regular business for anyone wanting us to supply their holiday home. The exact amount will depend on how we arrange the delivery and the items to be included in the hamper.
Gift Card Messages
We can include customised gift cards with hampers showing a picture of the local area or our standard Devon Heaven Hampers gift card showing rolling hills on the edge of Dartmoor.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements and to receive a quote.