The Twelve Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental London Park Lane

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me  a partridge in a pear tree ~ in the form of a partridge pie, washed down with a whiskey/pear/Champagne cocktail. Intrigued? I hope so, because I am about to tell you about a most fantastic Christmas Afternoon Tea in London. In the past… Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas Afternoon Tea at the InterContinental London Park Lane

The 5 Most Popular National Trust Tearoom Cakes

Visiting National Trust properties is not only enjoyable because of their beauty and history, but also because most of them have excellent tearooms. Some are quite unique – for example housed in old stables, like the tearooms at Osterley House not far from where I live – and others may be located within the house… Continue reading The 5 Most Popular National Trust Tearoom Cakes

10 reasons why the Wellington Afternoon Tea could be London's #1 Afternoon Tea

The tradition of Afternoon Tea began in England and the English certainly know how to do it and how to do it right. At every top London hotel that serves Afternoon Tea, the ambience, the tea and the tea food is excellent, a few perhaps marginally better than others. If beautiful surroundings, excellent tea and… Continue reading 10 reasons why the Wellington Afternoon Tea could be London's #1 Afternoon Tea

The Wellington Afternoon Tea – Flawless and Fit for a Duke

As a tea enthusiast who has over the years enjoyed many an Afternoon Tea, I have by now developed a keen awareness of what I love in an Afternoon Tea – and one thing I love is a themed tea. Whilst there are indeed a few elemental things that every Afternoon Tea should contain, the ‘art’… Continue reading The Wellington Afternoon Tea – Flawless and Fit for a Duke

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: Another Winner

As an Anglophile and mum to a son and a daughter who, in their youth, were talented tennis players, Wimbledon has always held a special attraction to me. The pure Englishness of it all – strawberries and cream, dress code, Royal patronage –  is enough to melt the hearts of even those who could care… Continue reading Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: Another Winner

Tea at 78 Derngate may be the best Afternoon Tea value in England

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect and designer of both the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements.  My interest in Mackintosh began many years ago when I learned about the furniture and interiors that he and his wife Margaret Macdonald created for The Willow Tearooms in Glasgow.  I haven’t made it up to Glasgow… Continue reading Tea at 78 Derngate may be the best Afternoon Tea value in England

Lemon Cake recipe from The Tea Rooms in London

Those of us who love frequenting tea rooms (you know who you are), just can’t help ourselves from obsessing over their decor, teapots, cups and saucers, and food. And although we wouldn’t dream of ever giving up the pursuit of the perfect tea room, we do enjoy re-creating one or more aspects of our favourite… Continue reading Lemon Cake recipe from The Tea Rooms in London

Bettys is an English tea tradition

You simply cannot  talk about tea in England without talking about Bettys. The story of Bettys began more than 90 years ago with Frederick Belmont, a young Swiss orphan who trained in baking and confectionery in Switzerland and France before travelling to England to seek his fortune. Settling in Yorkshire, he opened the first Bettys… Continue reading Bettys is an English tea tradition