The golden age of train travel has always been fascinating to me. My grandfather was a train conductor out of Union Station in Chicago and I loved hearing his tales of stars and starlets sightings, and descriptions of classy men and women dressed to the nines as they boarded his train to exotic destinations for… Continue reading All Aboard! The Railway Refreshment Room
Tell me, who can resist a tearoom overflowing with blue-and-white china, especially when it’s the Willow pattern? I certainly can’t. There are conflicting stories behind the history of the ‘Blue Willow’ pattern. The most commonly held belief has the original engraving being done by Thomas Minton in 1790, inspired by the blue and white porcelain… Continue reading The Mock Turtle, A Brighton tea shop
One of the reasons my husband and I moved back to England was because we missed going places and doing things. Not that there weren’t places to go and things to do in America ….. but we missed those oh-so-quintessentially-English places. Like antiques centres. Housed in 17th century buildings. With ghosts. And tearooms. One… Continue reading So, this ghost walks into a tearoom . . .
There’s nothing like homemade cakes and scones – and church tearooms in England are usually one of the best places to find them. Here at St. Anne’s Church (c.1714) in Kew, the ladies of the church prepare homemade tea food. The teas can be enjoyed outside amongst the gravestones on the other side of the… Continue reading A Heavenly Cream Tea