The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
The United Kingdom embraces Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th November every year. Sometimes it is referred to as Bonfire Night or Fireworks night and the origin of the night stems from a plot by Guy Fawkes and his friends to blow up parliament on 5th November 1605 and more traditional celebration even contain an effigy of the man himself that is burned on the bonfire. You might even remember making a guy and raising money using him ‘Penny for the Guy?’
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
This year e have pulled together a few things to help Guy Fawkes Night go down a treat, starting with…
Fear not, this is not a tea that is made with actual gunpowder, that wouldn’t be healthy since it is exactly what Guy Fawkes tried to use to blow up the Houses of Parliament all those years ago. Gunpowder Tea is actually a green leaf tea that is blended and packed in Germany. Its name stems from the way that the leaves are treated. They are rolled into very tight pearl shapes, which in the 16th Century, any traders would mistake for gunpowder.
Whittard’s Gunpowder Tea is a deliciously smooth, sweet and golden tea that has a touch of a smoky flavour.
Available at Whittard of Chelsea from £5.00
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
It can get awfully cold on 5th November, even if you are stood beside a roaring bonfire, so one way to keep warm is to have a hot chocolate. Now there is lots of debate on the best way to make a hot chocolate, with plenty of different schools of thought on the matter. Our personal favourite is to employ the Chocolate Spoon.
It is a simply enough idea, take a pan of milk and bring it gently to the boil. Pour the hot milk into a mug and then take your Chocolate Spoon. Now it isn’t actually a spoon made of chocolate, more a spoon that is encased in delectable chocolate, which of course when stirred into the hot milk will melt, ths creating the perfect hot chocolate.
Available at Whittard of Chelsea from £2.50
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
(Folklore Verse Circa 1870)