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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tea Cup Thursday - The Second Afternoon in London

My tea cup for this week will be the Spode cup my husband Andy is holding in our new favorite tea room.
I met my friend Jenni in Hampstead. We all took the Overground to Kew Gardens to visit the foremost tea room near London.
While waiting for Jenni, I slipped into a bookshop and purchase Bake for Britain. Now I can make Spotted Dick! Ha Ha!
Here is my childhood friend and me in front of our destination...The Maids of Honour Tea Room across the street from Kew Gardens.
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!!
Scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and lemon curd.
Yummy! And I love their Spode dishware.
How cute is their delivery truck!! Too bad they can't cross the pond!!
Doesn't every tea room have a fireplace?
A lovely little outside terrace.
This is the picture on the menu. This lovely tea room, truly in the English tradition, has been in the Newens family since 1850.