Set the scene – it was a drizzly dark November afternoon in the midst of a COVID 19 lockdown, out of all the difficulty and despair came something wonderful! Let me introduce you to Abigail’s Kitchen.
This family-run business is based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and has been on the go since 2019. Abigail, along with support from her husband and son, sends out afternoon tea and letterbox friendly boxes of baked goods. What’s not to like about that?!
Abigail (Abi) provides a beautiful box of afternoon tea which can be customised to suit the number of people. Abi is more than happy to answer any questions and will do all she can to be helpful. Abi and I had quite the extensive discussion beforehand and Abi’s customer service and willingness to help is clear.
For our family bubble of three, we opted to have 6 scones – 3 plain and 3 fruit – and 6 portions of freshly baked traybakes. To add to the scones was a full pot of clotted cream and a massive jar of raspberry jam. Abi also included some English Breakfast teabags in the box, which added to the enjoyment.
Abi is constantly thinking of different flavour combinations and the traybakes we enjoyed in November did not disappoint! Including:
- Cinnamon Swirl Blondie
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Lemon and Coconut Slice
- Raspberry and White Chocolate Shortbread
- Oreo Brownie
- Milk Chocolate Flapjack
There was one portion of each flavour, packaged in a cardboard box with a full list of ingredients and allergens. The milk chocolate flapjack was a particular highlight for my Dad and me; my Mum is a massive shortbread fan and almost had to be wrestled away from the raspberry and white chocolate shortbread!! The cinnamon swirl blondie also did not disappoint! Everything was incredibly delicious.
For the afternoon tea, the scones were fluffy and large, perfect once heated through in the oven at home. The scones were so large we even had traybakes left for a day or two afterwards – but only just. They were so moreish we kept returning for more!
The afternoon tea is good value, our box of 6 scones, jam, cream and 6 slices of assorted traybakes costing £24 in total. Afternoon tea is something Abi’s Kitchen more commonly offer in the Summer months, but they are happy to provide this on request.
The cream tea is £20 if collected from OX14; £22 including delivery to OX1, OX2, OX3, OX4, OX11, OX12, OX13, and OX14; £25 including delivery to OX5 & OX26 (Kidlington and Bicester).
Abi also offers a range of subscription and one-off treat boxes.
Appropriately entitled ‘Boxes of Yum’ – these are letterbox friendly (perfect for COVID secure contactless delivery) in an ever-evolving range of flavours. They come in different sizes – Classic (6 slices, 3 flavours, for £12.00) or Giant (12 slices, 6 flavours, for £23.95). There is also a gluten-free/vegan box of yum priced at £12.00 per box. This includes delivery, or Abi will post anywhere in the UK (current restrictions permitting, of course!)
Subscriptions are available for anyone who wants a regular cake drop: £12.00 monthly or £36 for 3 months. Each monthly delivery contains 6 slices in total, with 3 different flavours. Goodies could range from cookies to brownies, flapjacks, shortbread or fridge cake. Abi also offers a slab of fudge in the post as well as gift vouchers.
We’ve since enjoyed sending out 3 boxes to friends and family all across the UK, the recipients of which have all said how much they enjoyed receiving them. I can’t recommend this lovely, local business enough and hope that when you next fancy a sweet treat or need a present to send to someone, you think of Abigail’s Kitchen!
Guest Writer: Robyn Harris
When not working in the NHS, Robyn is a born and bred Oxonian, a self-confessed afternoon tea addict and a fan of all things foodie, especially if it’s local, small business orientated and British.