Great (New) British brands, I'll turn my attention this week to a couple of British brands born on the other side of the millennium.
The received wisdom is, these days, that it's all about 'Experience' and 'Story'. Something the brand Colman's Mustard did, I feel, most admirably with the Mustard Shop & Museum in the Royal Arcade in Norwich. Sadly, it seems that this wonderful emporium closed down last year.
But just a little further south in East Anglia, Tiptree jam is opening up another tea room, this time in Chelmsford.
This tea room is slightly different from the brand's previous forays into retail and gastronomy in that it's in a rather more modern setting. It's easy to design an English tea room when you have a quaint country cottage or ancient mill at your disposal, but with a modern building, the designers have to think differently. I think they've succeeded with their blend of the past and the present:
Let's just hope that Tiptree isn't the next to be taken over by Unilever.