March 02, 2017

It’s World Book Day! What better way to celebrate than curling up with a nice cup of tea or coffee and losing yourself in a great read? The team at Chateau Rouge took inspiration from some of our travels and favourite finds to bring you our list of top reads for all ages to enjoy.

  1. The Winnie-the-Pooh books, by A. A. Milne

“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.”

In that case, we think Winnie-the-Pooh would rather enjoy a smackerel of our delicious English Meadows Cold Extract Honey!  

One of the nation’s best loved characters, the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his companions are a firm favourite on World Book Day. The first book, Winnie-the-Pooh, was first published in 1926, a collection of stories about a bear called Pooh and his friends, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, and her little boy, Roo. The next book, The House on Pooh Corner, sees the first appearance of Tigger.

Some of the original Winnie-the-Pooh stories were adapted from stories that featured in other 1920s publications, such as the London Evening News. The first chapter of Winnie-the-Pooh was taken from a story called “The Wrong Sort of Bees”. We think you’ll find our honey is only made by the right sort of bees, Pooh…

  1. Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

“I see that it is by no means useless to travel, if a man wants to see something new.” 

Our founder, Seán, cites Jules Gabriel Verne as his biggest influence as a fictional author, inspiring his travels around the world and the voyage of discovery that is Chateau Rouge. Last month marked the author’s birthday – read more of Sean’s thoughts on the author and his work here.

  1. The Paddington Bear books, by Michael Bond

“If you really want something in this world,’ said Olga simply, ‘you’ll never get it by sitting down and waiting. But if you go out and do things there’s no knowing where you’ll end up.” 

We’re not sure about marmalade sandwiches, Paddington – can we offer you some of our yummy Peach and Apricot organic fruit jam, instead? Or perhaps, being from “Deepest, darkest, Peru, Paddington would prefer a warming mug of Artisanal Drinking Chocolate?

The creator of Paddington, Michael Bond, turned 90 last year – it was only fitting we toast him with a good old English cuppa! 

  1. Curious George, by H.A.Rey

"This is George. He lived in Africa."

Africa remains a constant source of inspiration for Chateau Rouge and our products. It’s also where we try to give something back to the communities that provide some of our most precious ingredients. Zambia is the home of WeForest.org. For every two products we sell on our website, one tree is planted in Zambia, as part of ongoing, sustainable projects to support the local community.

Curious George, the cheeky and eternally curious little monkey, also reminds us of our White Monkey speciality green tea– so named because the down on the leaves is like monkey paws and harks back to legends of monkeys being trained to pick the uppermost tea leaves from wild trees in the region of Wuyi Mountain in Fujian, China, where the tea is sourced.

  1. The Tiger Who Came to Tea, by Judith Kerr

"Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie’s mummy said 'I wonder who that could be?'"

We couldn’t not have a book about tea in our top picks! One for children of all ages, the tale of a tiger who eats everything and drinks all the tea reminds us of someone… The book has since been made into a play, adapted by David Wood with original music.

Which books have inspired you and your family? We’d love to hear from you.


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