Monday, July 24, 2017

Afternoon Tea at Kent Manor Inn, MD

A recent Monday afternoon took us south to Maryland and just across the magnificent Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Stevensville, MD on Kent Island. We headed to the Historic Kent Manor Inn (circa 1820) to enjoy Afternoon Tea with friends of the Royal Tea Club.

The tea table was ready and waiting for us. A selection of Tazo teas graced the table alongside fresh lemon slices, sugar cubes and honey. The sleek modern white tea pots held hot water that was refilled as needed.

Afternoon Tea was served buffet style in a separate room. Fresh floral arrangements, antique boxes for added height, and pristine white serving bowls artistically arranged set the scene for the tea.

Everything was well labeled with the first course consisting of a Savory Salad of Baby Greens with pine nuts, blueberries, and smoked blue cheese. There were two dressing choices; Vidallia Onion or Raspberry Vinaigrette. Fresh and light, the salad was a pleasant starter.

The variety of finger sandwiches included (R) a Grilled Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Stone Ground Dijon in triangles. Below left, there is Marinated Cucumber on a Baguette with Grape Tomato, Boursin Mousse and Dill, and below right is Albacore Tuna Salad squares with Cornichon Pickles & Meyer Lemon all garnished with micro greens.

A creamy Poached Egg Salad prepared with Mascarpone Cheese and Chives rounded out the selection of tea sandwiches. The sandwiches were all very fresh and flavorful.

The far end of the table held Assorted Baked Scones with a selection of Blueberry, Wild Berry, and Apple Cinnamon. Toppings included Cool Whip (or something similar) and Orange Marmalade.
This serving plate held large soft chewy Oatmeal Cookies and a variety of petite cheesecakes rounded out the dessert selection.

High School Senior Angelica and Mom Susanna

The elegant Inn on 220-acres of property including 1-1/2 miles of waterfront has a long history and many owners. The property has been restored and expanded over the years, and now features 24 luxurious guest rooms, conference rooms, and beautiful outdoor space for weddings with seating for 600! We had a mere 45 attendees in our gathering, but it was a very delightful and memorable afternoon!


Angela McRae said...

This sounds like a particularly delicious teatime, Nancy! I love coming across new flavors (especially of tea sandwiches), and it must be so fun to share them with fellow tea lovers like this. This inn sounds simply wonderful!

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh my! Everything looks delicious and wonderful!