I was lucky enough to enjoy Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace on several occasions during the 1990s. My friend Harold was butler to Princess Margaret, and whenever Fox and I were in London, he never failed to invite us to tea at his fabulous flat (next door to Charles and Diana’s). It was Harold who inspired me to host teas in my own home, which I do as often as possible to this day.
Honestly, when life is spinning out of control, teatime can bring the whirl to a relaxing halt. The ritual of making tea the old-fashioned way (from loose leaves) always forces me to slow down and catch my breath. Even the floral pattern of my Royal Albert blue and white teapot is a source of calm. I purchased the pot, along with matching cups, saucers, small plates, and a three-tiered stand called an étagère ages ago in London. Eating and drinking from this set works almost like Xanax. I especially enjoy sharing the experience with friends.
It’s easy enough to host Afternoon Tea. All you need is a pot of fragrant tea and some slices of delicious cake. Or perhaps you’d prefer freshly-baked scones that are topped with homemade clotted cream. These last two items are very easy to make.
Can you get away for a moment? I’d love for you to join me for Afternoon Tea. First, of course, we must make the aforementioned scones and clotted cream! Afterwards we can enjoy the fruits of our labor in the ancient music room here at Clover Hill.
Need printable recipes for scones and clotted cream? Your wish is my command:
English Cream Scones (click here for the printable recipe).
Clotted (“Devonshire”) Cream (click here for the printable recipe).
Thanks so much for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed this Afternoon Tea as much as I enjoyed your company!
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