Saturday, March 6, 2010

Tea Time Memories — My First English Cream Tea

July 1995
Our first Cream Tea experience was at the Small Talk Tea Room in the beautiful village of Broadway located in the Cotswolds in England.  In the photo above, the Gledhill family, who had learned of my interest in afternoon tea, hosted GJ and me for our very first and most delightful Cream Tea. 

For those who may not be familiar with "cream tea", it is a pot of tea served with a Scone, Clotted Cream and Jam (usually strawberry). 
Thank you Gledhill family for teaching me about the English Cream Tea on tour first trip to the Britain with the Berea Festival Dancers.
The Cream Tea experience has been repeated numerous times on many trips to England after 1995.
What a delightful tea journey it is been! 

Friday, March 5, 2010

Afternoon Tea at Chelseas Village Tea Room in Asheville, NC

Afternoon Tea at  Chelseas Village Tea Room in Asheville, NC
November 2007
Asheville, NC is a great place for a "Girlfriend's Getaway"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

The Netherland Plaza is one of our favorite grand hotel afternoon teas.  Although we had stayed at the hotel and been there for various events over the years, these photos were taken on our first family afternoon tea at the Netherland Plaza celebrating my birthday in 2008.  Since then we have enjoyed several holiday and family afternoon teas at the Netherland Plaza. 

Note to my family:  Hint! Hint! My birthday is just around the corner!

Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton in NYC

Our family enjoyed Afternoon Tea in the Star Lounge
 of the Ritz Carlton in New York City July 2007.
We were seated on a love seat and side chair
in the Lobby Lounge
and tea was served at a low table set with beautiful
Wedgwood china.  
The first course was served on a small silver 3 tier server.
This was a selection of delicious sandwiches and savories.
  After we ate those, the tea specialist (server) asked if we wanted more.
8 year old AJ requested more of 2 different sandwiches. 
Note: Several, but not all, Grand Hotels offer to replenish.
The second course was warm scones served with
Devonshire cream and Orange Preserves from nearby Sarabeth's.
The abundant third course of beautiful and delicious sweets and pastries,
 was served on the mini silver 3 tiered server.  
This was a delightful afternoon with unlimited pots of tea!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Pierre Hotel in NYC

Afternoon Tea at the Pierre Hotel
July 2007
Afternoon Tea at that time was served in the Rotunda.
Currently tea is served in the Lobby Lounge 

Menu at the link below:

In 2007, when we enjoyed our Pierre Hotel tea experience,
the tea selection was loose leaf Harney and Sons tea.  The teapots
were not set on the guest tables, so we had to wait for the server
to refill our cups. 
The set menu was served on a three-tier-server
shown in the photo above. 
AJ, who was 8 years old, was very impressed by
 the edible gold on the chocolate pastry.

Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons in NYC

Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Lobby Lounge in New York City
July 2007
This tea service was a little different because
we were given a menu of 5 savories, 5 sweets,
and a selection of teas. 
We were told to choose a total of 6 savories and sweets
and a loose-leaf tea.
In addition, each guest was served a scone with
marmalade and Devonshire cream.
The scone had a sugar es-wash topping, almost
like a meringue and was yummy!
Our selections were served uniquely plated.
The photo of the plate is mine.  I chose more savories
than sweets.  I prefer non-sweets therefore I liked the idea of choosing
selections from the menu.
The tea pots were set on the table for us to refill our own
cups.  The loose tea had been brewed in t-sacs.
The server refilled our pots with hot water at least twice each.
That's a lot of tea!

You can see 8-year-old AJ enjoying one of his pastries above!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Afternoon Tea at Juri's Tea Room in Winchcombe, England

Afternoon Tea at Juri's Tea Room in Winchcombe, England
June 2008
To read about our visit, click here.

Afternoon Tea at Claridge's Hotel in London

Afternoon Tea At Claridge's in London
May 2008
To read about our tea, click here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Afternoon Tea At the Grosvenor House Hotel in London

Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor House in London
May 2008
To read about our tea, click here.

The Crooked House of Windsor

The Crooked House of Windsor is located very close to Windsor Castle
The second pnoto shows Sticky Toffee Pudding
Left to right are Sandy, Phyllis, Nancy and Lori,  2007 Tea in London Tour
A day trip to Windsor Castle is an ablolute must, in my opinion, if you traveling to London

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