Thursday, July 16, 2015

Afternoon Tea - Westminster Abbey

Although we were served a light breakfast snack in-flight, after touring Westminster Abbey, we stopped at the Cellarium which houses the café, terrace, and shop in the Abbey. Recently opened in 2012, and located in a part of the Abbey that was constructed in the 14th century, the term Cellarium originates from the Latin word cella,  or pantry. The pantry was a storehouse found in a medieval monastery or castle, which is of course the perfect spot for a café. The boys were happy to see that they served breakfast in addition to Afternoon Tea. One half of the table had bacon, eggs and toast, while the other half ordered the afternoon tea.

The tea tray included current scones with cream and jelly on the bottom tier. Three little sandwiches on the middle tier featured ham salad, a petite quiche, and salmon rounds with a garnish of frisee lettuce (a bitter type of chicory). The top tier held a medley of homemade desserts including a petite Victoria sponge cake, tasty lemon curd filled shortbread, chocolate cake and a brownie.
Refreshed with tea and treats, we were ready to head across the River Thames for the London Eye rotation. After that, we settled in to our hotel, took a quick nap, and then hailed a Black Cab for our Evening Tea reservations at The Berkeley.


relevanttealeaf said...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about Afternoon Tea at Westminster Abbey. It's on my 'to do' list if I ever get to return. Thanks so much for sharing.

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

This tea looks perfect for the beginning of your visit in London.

Marilyn Miller said...

Now I am going to remember this one. Two teas in one day, how much better can it get.