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Bringing better cups of tea to the streets of London: loose leaf, custom-brewed and served from a 1974 Citroen H van.
Bringing better cups of tea to the streets of London: loose leaf, custom-brewed and served from a 1974 Citroen H van.
372 backers pledged £14,682 to help bring this project to life.

Chalkboard paint & crumpet griddles..

After 25 days of Kickstarter clock-ticking, the countdown has now officially come to an end and thanks to 372 of you, the Good & Proper Tea van project is going to be funded. If you will allow me to gush for a moment, I want to say that it has been the most amazing experience. While I had of course hoped that my idea would be liked by others, until I clicked ‘launch’ on the Kickstarter site, I really had no idea if this would be the case or not... It was therefore very exciting to know that all of you wanted the idea to become a reality too. Your notes of encouragement, offers of help or advice and of course shared elation at hitting the target were, and continue to be, a huge source of encouragement. Most importantly, I feel marginally less terrified about doing this thing on my own with all of you behind me : ) So THANK YOU.

Now onto the fun stuff.

As you know, when I reached my target earlier than expected, I decided to ask the guys to make a start on the van as, buoyed up by the enthusiasm from all of you, I didn’t want to waste any time and thankfully I knew the bill would only come later. What I didn’t know is that Chris and Paul and Bill and the gang would work so quickly, so on Thursday I was surprised when I had a call to say that they had already finished! Unable to resist, I dropped everything to make sure I could go and pick it up the following day, eager to see the final interior and get it home...

So on Friday afternoon, with an enthusiastic friend in tow, I made my way to Northamptonshire. It just so happened to be the wettest, windiest day of the year and by the time we got going, it was dark too – not ideal conditions for driving an aged van across the country... Going less than 35 miles per hour at all times, much to our followers delight, the epic journey involved everything from having to jump out and move logs from our path, a scary moment when our phone batteries ran out and we suddenly had no light at all inside, driving into country villages so we could hover under street lights to find the windscreen-wiper button, and even a hairy moment when we weren’t sure if the van, with all its new weight in the back, would make it up a hill, even in first gear. BUT 3 hours later (!) we made it back. Phew.

Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep at all that night as I was too excited about opening it all up and seeing the full interior in the daylight. And when I did, the following morning, boy did it look good...

So without further ado, I present to you the Good & Proper van, post-refit. I am now the proud owner of a super snazzy water boiler, a giant water filter, a fridge, two sinks, a non-slip floor, cupboards,  tiled worktops and most excitingly a crumpet griddle WITH free spatula (see photos for excited face). The whole thing has been painted in blackboard paint too, making for endless chalk fun... They’ve done a great job - it looks amazing (I think) so I really hope you all like it too. There is plenty still to be done in terms of filling it up with my bits and bobs and dressing it up (plus already I suspect I’ll need the odd extra drawer/shelf etc) but I hope you will all agree that even empty, it is looking really, really good.

Now onto filling it up with tea and teapots, sourcing seatbelts (!), confirming trading pitches and most importantly packing all of your time to lose.


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      Jordan Frost on November 26, 2012

      Well done, looks fab, so glad to have helped you!

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      Peter Owen on November 26, 2012

      Wow - the van looks fantastic! Very excited for you.

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      Belinda Brown on November 26, 2012

      Woo hoo - the van looks AMAZEBALLS! Well done Emilie and team.
      I'm really looking forward to seeing G&P on the streets of London and finally enjoying a proper cuppa!

      Well done again xxx

    4. Paul Murphy on November 26, 2012

      If room/ demand allowed you could try getting a simple pop-up tent and some chairs for the customers for when it's raining, (ie
      Also I know some people have swapped the engine/gearbox in H vans for DS kit - giving much better MPG and faster top speed.
      I had to change cards since kickstarter start, so I have redone that and you should have my modest contribution now.

    5. Emilie Holmes Creator on November 26, 2012

      Seatbelt link is really helpful thank you Paul!

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      Paul Thompson on November 26, 2012

      Looks marvellous, sounds like Muswell Hill with a full boiler might be a challenge

      You can get great looking period seatbelts fitted here

      Don't be tempted by cheap plastic ones...

    7. Max on November 26, 2012

      Can't wait to see it in the flesh at the flesh at the #EatMeUp christmas market in Shoreditch

    8. Steve on November 26, 2012

      Well done! What a great job they've done for you - the van looks brilliant. Looking forward to seeing G&P out and about.
      Very best of luck with the business.