A chef in a Somerset city has been encouraging residents to experience the "best and only way to drink tea”, with locals acting in kind with the aid of their knitting skills.
Jamie Mould, who is the head chef at the Bishop's Table at the Bishop's Palace in Wells, has urged his customers to ditch tea bags and instead opt for loose leaf tea to better enjoy the warm beverage.
In order to better promote this belief around the Somerset city, Mr Mould came up with a novel idea to get locals involved in a retro tea cosy knitting competition.
The Wells Journal reports that the event has proven very popular around the Wells community, with a wide selection of weird and wonderful tea cosies being knitted over the past few weeks.
Eye-catching styles have ranged from bobbled and bright designs to pieces which have been decorated with colourful floral patterns and striped effects.
Looking at the variety of tea cosies being presented for the competition, Mr Mould told the publication: "The standard of the cosies has been fantastic and we've made some great new friends through it.
"We've had 14 entries all together and it was so difficult to pick a winner that we've actually chosen two."
As such, both Marilyn Payne’s uniquely buttoned cardigan cosy and Jo Sowerby’s bumblebee hive style decoration have shared the top prize in the retro tea cosy knitting competition.
The pair will now be able to reflect on their winning designs as they each tuck into a complimentary lunch for two at the Bishop’s Table.
Mr Mould was keen to add to the Wells Journal: "It's great to know that the people of Wells were so keen to get involved with our competition, the effort put in by all the entrants really has been fantastic."