Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, May 16, 2011

What To Do In The Afternoon In the Cotswolds . . .

Not every afternoon when we are out and about for often we have a late and large lunch but when we don't, we tend to look for a sign like this as we go through villages in our travels.

In Moreton-in-Marsh we found this, the perfect English Village tea room

And what a clever name!!!!!

And what a charming shop

And what did we order?

The only thing one goes to a tea room for -- an English Cream tea or in this case a "Cotswold Cream Tea"

Pots of tea, scones and real clotted cream and strawberry jam

It's the perfect thing when you're feeling peckish at half past three or thereabouts!

Two scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam

Eaten properly with cream on scone and then jam on top.

(When we first made a trip to England, we were uneducated and our first cream tea had the jam on the scone and then piles of the clotted cream on top of that!!!)

We'll fondly remember Mrs. T. Potts and may return to Moreton-in-Marsh for another cream tea before we head back home!

It's Tuesday and there is nothing better than sharing afternoon tea, thus, I'm joining the following tea parties today:

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Carol at Serendipity said...


I put the cream on top as well the first time! I still like it that way because you can more on I think. I actually could skip the jam LOL

Paula said...

I've only recently discovered your blog and I am enjoying it immensely!

I am a Devonshire girl, born and bred, so I love cream teas. It is quite permissable to put the jam on first. The order is determined by whether you want a Devonshire cream tea or a Cornish one. In Devon, it is traditional to put the cream on first, followed by the jam. For a Cornish cream tea, however, you put the jam on first.

I have to confess that although I hail from Devon I do tend to put the jam on first, simply because you get more cream the Cornish way!

Kind regards,
Paula (a new reader from England)

Rose H (UK) said...

You've got me salivating again!
I must have Cornish blood - it's jam first for me ;o)
One of my neighbour's sons is the head gardener (and an author) at a big house in Morton-in-Marsh, a beautiful spot.

Bernideen said...

Glad to see the fun continuing!

Unknown said...

Looks so yummy!

Amy said...

If I ever get there for tea... I'll know how to position my cream and jam on the scone! Looks wonderful!!

lindaraxa said...

That's all I want really, forget the sandwiches, pastries and just leave the scones!

Pondside said...

Between you and Maggie you have me panting for a cream tea!

Bookie said...

Food looks beautiful and nice to see the Blue Willow patterned dishes in use!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
oh my, you made my mouth watering with all this yummy photos. That tea room looks quite tempting. So sad, that I am so far away. Thank you for this lovely tour.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
What a wonderful Tea Room and the name of it is so charming! Cream first or jam first, makes no difference to me as long as I have both! *smile* I can see the advantage of using cream first though as it would replace the butter. Your photos are great and I enjoyed your tea today very much; thank you!


BumbleVee said...

mmmm scones...with jam and cream..... I must get back to my treadmill........and soon.

Turned out a Banbury Tart is a Butter Tart.... almost exactly the same recipe as I use.... they must be universal and just re-named for the areas by some enterprising person....

Terri said...

Oh this place looks like one I would love to visit! I am living gluten free now for several years and so I would very much appreciate a tea without wheat!
I am so glad you are having a great time there.

On Crooked Creek said...

Looks yummy...but I'd have liked it with clotted cream on top, bottom and middle!!!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Martha: I love the name of that Tea Shop. Love the info you have us today. I am a cream first lady. Blessings, Martha

Tea in Texas said...

I love the "Mrs. T. Potts Tea Room" name and sign. All the photos were full of memories about taking tea in England. The cream teas are the best and the darling way they serve it. I must have tea and scones soon! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Jennings said...

We love to travel in the Cotswolds and visit the small villge tea rooms for lunch and later for cream tea.

Linda Jennings said...

Were you in Moreton during market day?