Time for Tea with Pugin and Lismore

Posted 2 months ago in Food & Drink Features

The inventive folk at the Lismore Food Company have always exhibited a keen eye for design, as evidenced by the tasteful attention to detail to be found in the beautiful packaging on all their products and hat boxes. They recently launched a selection of gorgeous new tea tins, featuring designs inspired by the influential Augustus Pugin, one of the many illustrious visitors to Lismore over the years.

Co-founder Ken Madden tells us that when the ‘Master of Gothic’ arrived in the Co. Waterford village in the late 1840’s, he quickly set about designing installations, panels and much of the furniture at Lismore Castle, including a magnificent chandelier, a copy of which also hangs in the Palace of Westminster. Agreeing with Pugin’s maxim that, ’In pure architecture the smallest detail should have a meaning or serve a purpose’, Ken says, “We hope that he would be flattered by the design, colour and detail in our new tins and as a tea lover like us – we’re sure he would enjoy all three!”

Lismore’s premium Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea (€8) and Irish Breakfast Tea (€8) offerings feature contrasting panels of colour with a disc of gold on a wraparound classic Pugin design. Their delicate, restful new Peppermint Infusion (€8) comes encased in stunning greens and gold, all of which Ken suggests, “help to create a fabulous triad to light up your larder or kitchen counter, and to delight your taste buds this season.”

Perfect for prezzies too!


Image Credits: Ruth Calder-Potts


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