Friday, January 11, 2008

Tea Around the World - England

A nod to England is certainly appropriate in this tea journey around the world! These photos are some that were taken on a fantastic journey to London in March of last year. They represent Afternoon Tea at a wide variety of locations from The Tea Palace, a trendy chic tea room where everything is in purple and white to some of the most elegant hotel teas, including The Ritz. In addition to the large hotel teas, we enjoyed small quaint tea rooms also. Typically, the Afternoon Tea was served on a three tiered tray which held the sandwiches on the bottom plate, the scones in the middle, and the desserts on the top plate. You would start at the bottom, and work your way to the top, savoring each tiny morsel. Ah, and the scones, served with fresh Devon cream. In a word, sinful! A Cream Tea, simply scones, Devon cream, and tea is another way to pass away an hour or tea, treating yourself to something simple, yet out-of-this world. "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea" - Henry James

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