Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Polly Tea Rooms

The last tea room we visited during our England trip was The Polly Tea Rooms Marlborough. As we worked our way back towards London and the airport, we stopped here. Founded in 1912, it has developed into a rather business place. According to the website, Kate Middleton enjoyed the blueberry muffins here every Wednesday with her girlfriends while attending Marlborough College.

Colorful and charming, it was crowded while we were here. Many people will tell you that a tea room is a restaurant, and that is true, But there is a difference in feel and style between a tea room and a restaurant. However, this tea room leaned more towards being a restaurant.

Decisions! Decisions!

Asparagus pasta served with the house blend of tea.

After we saw the Knickerbocker Glory ordered by a guest at a nearby table and heard her proclaim 'that's the best Knickerbocker Glory', we decided we needed to try one! We discovered it is a British ice cream parlour dessert that first made its appearance in the 1930s. No two Knickerbocker glory recipes are the same. Think ice cream, chocolate, fruit, whipped cream, all topped with cookies and more cream. Okay, so maybe we should have ordered two at least!

3 comments:

Ruth W said...

Memories again...we used to go yearly to yearly to an antiques market in Marlborough, and stayed closeby several times. I remember the tearoom, although I don't remember if we had a knickerbocker glory!Probably not! Lol!
Ruth

Marilyn Miller said...

The knickerbocker glory looks like you should have ordered two for sure. How fun to have tea here.

Angela McRae said...

Interesting observation RE tea room vs. restaurant. (I love that you can say you have dined where Kate Middleton used to!) And yes, this Knickerbocker Glory sure looks worthy of the name!