Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens)

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2014/04/25 21:35:55 (permalink)

Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens)

I had a wonderful tea service at Maids of Honor in Kew, just down the block from the Gardens.

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    Twinwillow
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/04/25 21:43:08 (permalink)
    The greatest thing the British ever invented is "high tea".
    Nothing else in the world will invigorate and rejuvenate one's soul as much as the ritual of the afternoon "tea time". I miss it terribly.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/04/26 04:54:08 (permalink)
    High tea when visiting London is a must....love those cucumber sandwiches!!!
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 14:23:28 (permalink)
    When I saw Kew Gardens, I thought maybe this was a British Tea place in Queens, N. Y.
     
    Excellent photo.
     
    I hope to someday go to high tea at Harrod's.
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 14:50:36 (permalink)
    We had high tea at Harrods Ladurée in September, and it was amazingly wonderful.
    Tea at Ladurée by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 15:00:59 (permalink)
    We had High Tea at Harrods...window, overlooking the city...memories for a lifetime!!! Your photo brings back memories!!!
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 15:04:36 (permalink)
    Ralph Melton

    We had high tea at Harrods Ladurée in September, and it was amazingly wonderful.
    Tea at Ladurée by Ralph Melton, on Flickr

    Peek a boo, I see you! Those are hers, guess I'll have to eat something else. Great photo...was it posed or just happened?!
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 16:58:34 (permalink)
    Just happened. Ladurée asked us not to take pictures, so I took pictures surreptitiously as opportunities arose.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 17:45:55 (permalink)
    Personally, we always preferred high tea at Fortnum & Mason more than at Harrod's.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 18:06:25 (permalink)
    I am a great lover of afternoon tea in the United Kingdom.  Scones, tarts, little sandwiches, cookies ("biscuits") and sometimes even champagne.  Yum. 
     
    But folks, what you're describing is not "high tea," at least not in England and Scotland.  There, "high tea" means a working class "supper" served at what most of us would call dinner time.  It's a heartier meal that may include cake, but it's also going to have a hot and substantial entree, vegetables, etc.   Mushrooms or baked beans on toast are classic "high tea" entrees.
     
    The term "high tea" has been appropriated by lots of hotels and tearooms here in the United States to mean a formal, multi-course afternoon tea, but that isn't what it means in the UK. 
     
    Years ago, when my husband and I visited a remote Scottish island called Colonsay, the one and only hotel on the island served dinner at the usual time (around 8 p.m.) most nights, but  "high tea" in the early evening just before the ferry (which only docked a couple of times a week) arrived to take guests back to the mainland. I remember big wedges of chocolate cake, but it was really supper.  In my experience, some hotels that discourage guests from bringing their children to the more formal "adults" dinner will serve high tea -- again, a substitute for dinner -- to the children around 6 p.m. 
     
    http://britishfood.about.com/od/faq/f/highteavafttea.htm
     
    I hope I'm not offending anyone with these observations. I mention all this in the interest of helping to clarify it for those who go to England or Scotland in search of afternoon tea, so you won't be disappointed by either not finding what you want, or not being served what you expect.
     
    I loved seeing the write up of the Maids of Honour.  I've been wanting to try it for years, so it is great to get a first-hand report.
     
     
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/02 20:33:50 (permalink)
    I have to say, you're 100% correct.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/05 07:35:33 (permalink)
    Better a high tea than a high Brody.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/05 10:13:30 (permalink)
    I slipped into error. Thanks for the correction.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/05 11:04:48 (permalink)
    The best "tea time" treat I've ever experienced was one time when we were driving thru Devon during the hight of summer and came across a little "tea house" with an outdoor garden. We enjoyed a most wonderful 4:00 tea with lovely home made scones, delicious home made strawberry jam and, fresh local clotted cream. It was the most delightful way one could ever wile away a warm sunny afternoon in the picturesque English countryside.
    post edited by Twinwillow - 2014/05/05 11:07:49
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/05/05 16:11:55 (permalink)
    Twinwillow:
    Absolutely agree that there is NOTHING like afternoon tea in Devon.  I fell in love with clotted cream on that trip, back in 1976 when I was studying at Exeter University for the summer.
    And for me, no trip to London is complete without a stop at Fortnum and Mason.  I've never had afternoon tea there, but I have had many delectable lunches in the Fountain restaurant.  It's changed over the years -- they used to have a full menu of ice cream sundaes, but  now only have one or two.  If you want the other varieties, you have to go to their separate ice cream "parlour."
    But their welsh rarebit cannot be beat, and hasn't changed a bit over time.  Served with bacon and a grilled tomato.  Yum!
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/10/26 11:36:16 (permalink)
    The funds generated from venue hire are a vital source of income for Kew, an exempt charity. Kew Events is part of RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd, a registered, non-profit company that contributes to the funding of Kew's plant conservation and research work. We therefore do not offer discounts on our venue hire fees.
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/10/27 16:21:07 (permalink)
    We?
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/10/27 20:15:44 (permalink)
    A great place with atmosphere for afternoon tea is the Authors Lounge at the Oriental in Bangkok.
     
    http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/fine-dining/authors-lounge/
     
     
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/10/27 21:00:32 (permalink)
    Harrod's does a great tea service too.  We have special memories of tea in England. When in England, do as the Englanders do!!!!
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    Re:Not sure if this belongs here. Tea in London (Kew Gardens) 2014/10/27 21:58:42 (permalink)
    I thought Englander was a mattress.
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