Afternoon tea on the village green with Royal Albert

The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

It’s not often that a person has the opportunity to be served Afternoon Tea on Royal Albert china on a sunny afternoon on a lovely village green – for free. But thanks to an invitation from Royal Albert (and a very thoughtful husband who doesn’t mind my dragging him by his gorgeous fifty-shades-of-grey hair all over the country for tea), it happened to me.

There’s nothing quite like Afternoon Tea served on beautiful china, and Royal Albert have been dishing up this type of English tea experience for over a hundred years. They started manufacturing china in 1896, and they continue to produce hundreds of beautiful patterns today – their most iconic being “Old Country Roses“.  This year, 2012, Royal Albert have updated several designs in their floral range to give them a fresh look and one that, I might add, screams out to be mixed-and-matched together. They are enchanting.

To celebrate the launch of the new patterns, Royal Albert tucked an adorable little van full of tea, cakes, and their beautiful new wares, and embarked on a Royal Albert London Tea tour, providing a “pop-up” afternoon tea experience for those of us who enjoy English style afternoon tea.  Lucky for me, one of these events was not too far away, so Mr. Tea and I toddled over to Kew Green on a crisp autumn Saturday morning for a late breakfast of tea and cake. (Don’t judge me.)


The Royal Albert London Tea Tour sign at Kew Green

It was a lovely day in Kew.
Several of these’Join us for Tea, Cake, Fun & Frivolity’ signs were strategically placed around Kew Green.



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

A charming tea tent was set up with tables and chairs and …..



Bunting. Photo courtesy of Victoria's Vintage

….. bunting!



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour van at Kew Green

Royal Albert’s friendly Tea Lady
You can see some of the beautiful new china patterns.



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

Each table was set with a sugar bowl, milk jug, and 3-tier server of sweets using china from the new range. The fabric on the table cover and chair pads matched the china!



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

“Coffee, tea or me?”
Server’s in smart waistcoats delivered cups of hot tea.



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

Cupcakes and macarons for breakfast, anyone?



The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

Top: NEW COUNTRY ROSES (pink) pattern
Middle: ROSE CONFETTI pattern
Bottom: NEW COUNTRY ROSES (white) pattern



Royal Albert wallet. Photo courtesy of Victoria's Vintage

Also on each table were really cute Royal Albert travel card cases, pretty postcards, and a booklet with photographs of the new china range.



Denise toasts The Royal Albert London Tea Tour at Kew Green

Cheers, Royal Albert!
Teacup: POLKA ROSE pattern


We were one of the first to arrive at Kew on that day, and it was fun to listen to the gasps of disbelief as people (like the family of 5 seated next to us who just happened to be on the green that morning) realised that there was no cost involved in this. Hopefully, it encouraged folks to think more about Afternoon Tea, and about the enjoyment that comes from making your own teatime just a little bit more special by using pretty dishes.

I think it’s outstanding that Royal Albert are willing to put all their beautiful china into the hands of the public (well, we did have to give it back). The pieces truly are lovely and the type of thing every tea lover should have in their china cabinet.

Thank you, Royal Albert, for a lovely Afternoon Tea on Kew Green!

Visit the Tea in England Facebook page for additional photos of the tea.


(Thanks to Victoria’s Vintage for letting me use her image of the bunting and travel card since I had forgotten to take pictures of those two things!)

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  1. How absolutely adorable! *sigh* once again! I find myself doing that alot, Denise, as I visit your blog! Pure dreaminess! I love the tent with the bunting. And I love the pretty china patterns. Paul McCartney in his song “English Tea” calls cupcakes “fairy cakes!” I love that! (I say “love” alot, don’t I?!) Thank you for posting your experience….my you DO have a fun life!

    • Ta, Karen. I think you must be my Number 1 fan. LOL But yes, I DO have a fun life! x (Most of the time.)

    • Karen, I call them fairy cakes as well. I posted lemon fairy cakes about two years ago – calling cupcakes fairy cakes was a new thing for many of my readers. Denise, *I* should have been there at this delightful pop-up tea! Only I prefer sandwiches and scones really. In fact, I often ask the server if I can have extra sandwiches instead of the sweets.

      • Hi Jean, Your lemon fairy cakes sound delicious – and I bet they are. Will have to take a look at that. I wasn’t really sure what to expect at the tea. They were calling it Afternoon Tea but it was just, as you see, tea, scones and sweets. At eleven o’clock in the morning, a savoury or two of some kind would have been nice, but hey, I’m not complaining! Maybe we should invent a term for a tea comprised of tea, scones, and cake?

  2. Oh, how fun! Love the table settings and the china is just gorgeous! I love all the new patterns, especially the polka dot! My, you do have fun in England, don’t you? My uncle hails from England, Essex county, and I love his accent and listening to all his stories of growing up in Britain. Thanks so much for making my visits to your blog so enjoyable! Have a beautiful day.


    • Hi again Sandi, What a lovely comment, thank you very much. I love table settings and china, too. There’s certainly plenty of it over here! Does your uncle miss living in England?

  3. How perfectly lovely! I wish they’d come to America with these traveling teas, there is a great park just down the street we would welcome them to use! 🙂 I enjoyed your pictures and am headed to facebook now to see more. LOVE the bunting – the crowning touch!

  4. Love this post! I inherited my mom’s china (service for 4) along with teapot and 8 cups and saucers that are Royal Albert! What a fun day this must have been.

    • Hi Lisa, lovely to see you here, and thank you for the compliment. You must love using your Royal Albert. 🙂 Yes, it was a really lovely day. I think the final Royal Albert London Tea Tour takes place in a couple of days. I think it was a brilliant marketing idea.

  5. My eye ran down a comment page at momcomm and I got caught by the wonderful title of your blog: Tea in England! And the first thing I see are these gorgeous photos. I love pictures of tea time, and I often take a photo of what I have ordered in a cafe. I look forward to lots more. And just one last time: your blog title is THE BEST. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment.

      So you are like me regarding picture-taking in public. 😉 My poor husband, Mr. Tea, just shrinks beneath the table.

      I’ve not made it up to Cambridge yet but your blog looks like a great resource.

      P.S. I just finished taking Melissa’s ‘Content Brew’ online class and it was excellent.

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