I love this cup and saucer which I purchased in a local tea shop last year( now sadly gone). I fell in love the moment I saw it. It conjured up visions of Scotland, one of my favorite places.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
We spent the morning traveling to Oxford to see my niece Jenni. She is doing a summer study abroad. We got there early and had what they called "Breakfast Baps" which are a sort of roll. I'm holding a diet coke which has a commemorate can made just for the Olympics. We had a wonderful time seeing Oxford. It is such an ancient city...very Harry Potteresque (is that a word?) It was a lovely visit, but we left before the tea rooms were open. We traveled back to London and tried our luck at finding another afternoon tea venue.
After visiting Oxford, we came back to London and found out that the number one rated hotel afternoon tea was right next door to our hotel. The Athenaeum has a famous afternoon tea and I so hoped we could go without having a reservation. We were very fortunate and were seated right away. This was the tea menu. It is very unusual as it resembles two wooden planks with petri dishes embedded in it. It shows you a sampling of each tea on the menu. I couldn't wait to start this experience!
We were so fortunate to have Afternoon Tea at the Athenaeum without reservations. Luckily for us someone didn't show up so we were treated to a splendid afternoon. First we had pink champaigne. So lovely! Then sandwiches were delivered to our table. There were about eight different fillings. When we had finished our sandwiches, they came around with more. The service was impeccable.
Of course it was beautiful bone china! Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo of the dessert cart which concluded the tea. I suppose I was over whelmed by then! It had an amazing selection of cakes, pies, and puddings. You made your choice and the waiter set it on your table. What a fantastic experience If you are ever on Piccadilly, you must, must, must have afternoon tea at the Athnaeum!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Maids of Honour Tart has been a part of their history for almost three hundred years! Henry the Eighth was the first to use the term for a delicious tart that Ann Boleyn and her other "Maids of Honour" were eating He was so happy with the tarts that the recipe was kept secret and locked in a tin box. By the 18th century the recipe was disclosed to a nearby bakery and became a featured recipe. They still serve it today and we had the privilege of ordering them!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We had a lovely tea at The Orangery and had to visit the shops at Kensington Palace. I found this great set of CDs with lovely music. I loved the photo on the package because, as you can see, I have the tea cup. It's part of the Historic Royal Palaces charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace as well as Kensington and Kew Palaces. They receive no funding from the government or Crown.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Please forgive me, I don't have a specific tea cup for today but I will start describing my wonderful trip to London to see tea rooms. We weren't there long but did manage to fit in a tea experience each day. On the first morning we started in Hyde Park on our way to Kensington Palace. There were many "diversions" in the park with all the Olympic activities beginning. It took us twice as long to get to our destination but what a wonderful sight when we finally got to Round Pond and saw the palace (along with the swans).