Afternoon Tea for Two – how English we are!

Afternoon tea is such a quintessentially English thing to do isn’t it? We recently used our voucher for tea for two which was a present from our son Jamie and his wife Sam. We chose a sunny  but chilly day so we took advantage of being indoors enjoying our treat and looking at the bright weather outside.

We drove through the ancient town of Ludlow and a little way into the countryside to find our destination, Fishmore Hall. We knew we were looking for a grand white manor house surrounded by countryside and it was easy to find and it was everything we expected it to be. It certainly lived up to our expectations. Doesn’t that blue sky look great against the white stucco.

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We were shown the way to our table by a window so we had great views out into the garden.

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And we even had an typical English flower on our table, a red rose.

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After a pot of tea and a pot of coffee were delivered to our table, the food began to arrive. A plate of neatly cut sandwiches with a variety of fillings was delivered first closely followed by a cake stand loaded with a rich assortment of little cakes. We had been set a challenge! We had to get through them all but we had the luxury of 2 hours to do so and plenty of tea and coffee.

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Jude was tempted first by a freshly baked scone with home made jam and clotted cream.

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And of course once the aroma escaped from her freshly cut scone I had to follow suit.

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Well after two hours and plenty of tea and coffee we were proud to have risen to the challenge. The plate of little sandwiches was empty and the cake stand similarly empty. Jude’s expressions shows how we felt.

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Many thanks to Jamie and Sam for a great gift. So good in fact that we wondered if we should do this on one afternoon each month. Nice idea!

 

About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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4 Responses to Afternoon Tea for Two – how English we are!

  1. Now that was a GIFT. The last time I really had the afternoon tea experience was at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, and the memory is still vivid. If you’re very good the rest of the year, maybe they’ll repeat such a nice gift. 🙂

  2. Jamie says:

    youre welcome pa! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. graham mollart says:

    You got through it all! On my 50th I had afternoon tea on the idyllic green of Selworthy, Somerset at a tea shop we’d been to as children. I made it my main meal of the day. I felt so piggy eating so much cake that I had to tell the waitress that it was a special occasion where upon all of the staff came out to sing to me!
    Uhm! – this is making me feel peckish – I won’t be a moment ——–

  4. It seems the challenge of getting through a big pile of cakes is what makes afternoon tea so special. Could make an Olympic sport out of it!

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