terms and conditions

These terms and conditions have been set out by the proprietor of ‘Time for Tea’. ‘Time for Tea’ reserves the right to amend these term and conditions at any time.

All clients must agree to the following terms and conditions when hiring from ‘Time for Tea’. It is the client’s responsibility to take charge of the care of the crockery and should make any other persons involved in the event aware of these terms and conditions.

By paying the deposit the client agrees to accept the terms and conditions as shown on the web site.


All crockery hired from ‘Time for Tea’ will remain the property of ‘Time for Tea’.

Clients are solely accountable for the crockery at all times during the agreed period of hire stated on the invoice therefore the crockery is not to be used by any other third party.

The crockery

‘Time for tea’ will accept no responsibility for any loss or injury caused to any person or property by the use of the crockery and recommends all clients to purchase insurance prior to their event.

The crockery is in a vintage condition, therefore some wear and tear should be expected, as some pieces will have wear to gilding but ‘Time for Tea’ will guarantee there will be no chips or cracks to the piece you hire.

Hiring crockery from ‘Time for Tea’ will be mismatched for the added Shabby Chic look to your event. Tea cups will have a matching Saucer or one that compliments the cup design. But when hiring side plates, milk jugs and sugar bowls etc these will not match your teacup and saucer as ‘Time for Tea’ does not hire out complete sets of crockery. Therefore it is important to be aware that the crockery will vary in size, colours and style. However all pieces will complement each other giving the overall traditional English tea party theme.

As the crockery is delicate, it cannot be washed in a dishwasher. The crockery will need to be washed and dried with care by hand; therefore ‘Time for Tea’ offers a free cleaning service as part of the hiring package. Clients will need to repack the crockery in packaging supplied having removed excess food waste before the arranged collection.

The Hiring

When hiring crockery from ‘Time for Tea’ the charges are calculated on a 48 hour hiring period. The crockery will be delivered the day before the event and collected the day after the event, therefore clients are only charged for the day of using the crockery. Extended periods of hire will need to be discussed and agreed on hiring and will be subject to availability. A further 48 hour hiring period would be charge at 50% of the original hiring price.

Crockery will be delivered careful packaged and labelled and expected to be returned in the same condition.

Setting up Service

‘Time for Tea’ also offers a setting up service, where tables at a venue can be dressed with the crockery you hire from us, although tables and other furniture will need to be in position first. ‘Time for Tea will not take responsibility for moving furniture in preparing for an event.

Special arrangements can be discussed at time of hiring and an additional fee of £50.00 for setting up will be added to your invoice.

Loss and Damages

‘Time for Tea’ ask for you to be honest and inform us of any damages or breakages of crockery on return. These will be charged at four times the hiring charge and a separate invoice will be sent to cover these costs.

Likewise if pieces of crockery are missing on return, the prices of replacements will also be invoiced.

Delivery and Collection

‘Time for Tea’ will deliver free of charge within a 10 mile radius of Plymouth, otherwise a delivery charge is calculated by mileage at 30p per mile.  Alternatively clients can arrange to collect the crockery but should be aware they then take full responsibility for all items during transportation and have the appropriate size vehicle for transporting large boxes and have insurance against all loss or damage to the crockery hired.


To secure a booking with ‘Time for Tea’ a deposit of  £50 (refundable) is required.

The full balance will be invoiced to you and need to be paid so the funds are cleared 30 days prior to the booked event.

The crockery will not be delivered or available for collection unless payment has been made in full.

Payments can be made by bank transfer (details on request). Cash payment will need to be arranged and agreed prior to delivery.


We ask for our clients to inform us in writing as soon as possible if they need to cancel their order. If the cancellation is made 90 days before the event a full refund will apply, however if the cancellation is made less than 90 days prior to the event, 100% of the hiring charges will apply.


Vintage crockery for hire.