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Le Creuset Stoneware Grand Teapot
The Christmas before last I was attracted to a rather lovely teapot on an advert shown by John Lewis. It was beautiful and had spots all over in pastel shades, and I loved it so much I also bought one for my daughter. Over the last twelve months it began to leak more and more from the spout, and was becoming difficult to use, so I decided to return it and John Lewis were more than happy to oblige.
In the meantime I had been searching round for a replacement and was delighted to come across a beautiful alternative on Amazon- the Le Creuset 1.3 Litre Stoneware Grand Teapot in Coastal Blue. It was on offer at just over £20, which for this range is an excellent price. I have since discovered the same item is being sold at the same price at John Lewis, which had I known I might have purchased there as their customer service is equal to that I have received from Amazon. There are actually seven colours available in this design. My choice, the coastal blue, is designed to reflect the muted colours of the sea, so there are gradual variations in shades of blue on the teapot. The darkest is at the bottom and the shades fade as you look towards the lid.
What I really love about this teapot is the sturdy design and the fact that it holds 1.3 litres of tea. It really does hold a good amount for a family and enough for second cups all round! It has a spout which does not leak at all, which is a delight to me as so many teapots do drip, even if only lightly, and I hate the mess this makes. The teapot actually states that it has been designed to be anti-drip and I can certainly say that this promise is honoured.
The pot is an excellent size and the dimensions are
H 24cm, W 16cm, D 12.5cm
Interestingly the pot can also be used for coffee which is a positive point and additionally I have found it to be exceptionally good at keeping the tea hot even after several minutes.
Cleaning is simple as it is fully dishwasher safe and I love this as I like to keep my teapot fresh. The handle is sturdy and easy to hold, but I would say the pot is not a good choice if you are looking to purchase for a disabled person as it is quite heavy before liquid is added. This is true of all Le Crueset kitchenware- the pans especially are heavy and a challenge,especially if you don't have strength or a good solid grip in your hands. The handle does remain cold to the touch though even when filled with boiling liquid. There is also a small steam hole in the lid, and the lid itself is a superb fit and is also chunky and solid and built to last.
Made from stoneware and with an enamel coating it has scratch resistant properties, and is coping well in daily use in this respect. It is also encouraging to know that it comes with a five year manufacturer's guarantee, which for the price of the item is superb.
I have quite a few items from this coastal blue range as I love the fresh and crisp look these have, and the colours remind me of the sea which is a place I love to be close to. Particularly relevant to the item are the matching mugs, milk jug, and sugar bowl which are lovely. I have the jug which is also a sturdy pourer and may go on to purchase the mugs in due course.
There is also a more traditional teapot available in this range which currently retails for £23.95 It has the same capacity as the one I purchased but looks more like the classic English teapot. Also in the range is a traditional whistling kettle which I absolutely love, but can't justify the expense of £52 when I already have a perfectly good kettle! Maybe one day!
I am delighted with this teapot and think it will be with me for many years to come as it follows a long line of teapots which dripped in various degrees from ill designed spouts. It evokes memories of summer days, beach huts and gentle waves, and it holds more than enough tea to accompany a home made scone and jam for all the family!