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, November 24, 2014

An English Afternoon Tea in Kansas!

One of the joys of living in England
was Afternoon Tea
Garden centers, Pubs and of course, tea rooms
Most were simple teas
A biscuit (cookie) and a pot
a slice of cake and a pot
a cream tea with a scone or two, cream and jam and a pot

But occasionally, we would spring for
Afternoon Tea
The full compliment of
sandwiches, scones and sweets
and a pot or two of tea.

We usually had an Afternoon Tea once a week
And Daughter Sarah and I had the infamous
"Hotel Tea"
(Elegant and Expensive)
at the Waldorf

On this side of the "pond"
Afternoon Tea is High Tea
And includes soups and quiche and perhaps a hot dish
as well as sandwiches, scones (Americanized) and sweets

Last week, The Lunch Bunch
headed north
to downtown old town Overland Park
Afternoon Tea

 And they truly 

Two pots of tea -- one an Earl Grey and the other a Buckingham Palace blend

And the curate -- that three tiered stack of tea foods

Which Jill explained to us
What each and every delectable morsel was!

The sandwiches -- cucumber, chicken salad, a vegetable rolled sandwich and homemade sausage in a miniature sausage roll

The scone -- a real English scone (not as dry as the American version)
with real Devonshire cream and homemade strawberry jam
(It was the flavor of England!)

And the sweets -- a macaroon, a profiterole, a lemon bar, a buttery spritz type cookie dipped in chocolate and a chocolate caramel delight

We drank those two pots of tea and got a third!

We visited, nibbled, compared notes on which we liked best
(the rolled vegetable sandwich was definitely a favorite)

And, I, felt as if I had been transported back to England
Back to a little bakery somewhere in the Cotswolds
Having an Afternoon Tea

And you can tell you had a good time . . . 

Not a morsel left at our table
And four very satisfied customers!

I will be back.
It is by reservation only
so it's not a drop in and have tea place

Kudos to the Clock Tower Bakery for bringing a little bit of Britain to the
prairie of Kansas.

It is Tuesday and I'm sharing my English Afternoon Tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday  and Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday.


Francie Newcomb said...

Martha, this sounds wonderful, let's meet there some day soon! Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Francie -- that would e great!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

How I miss having a tea room near us, your post brought back memories of some nice days out. I'm sure I'd love it in England for afternoon tea. Wouldn't it be nice if the ATAA group put together a tour of tea rooms in England?
I'll be searching out tea rooms when we go to Florida in February.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Most of our tea rooms close down after the summertime. Our Island is big on tourism and caters to them in a very big way so we take our treats while we can around here. The tea room sounds absolutely splendid and the food looks over the top delicious. I'm quite certain it was indeed an enjoyable tea outing. Thank you for sharing it with us and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Martha!


Bernideen said...

They are fortunate to have you write such a lovely review. The food looked amazing!

Millie said...

The entire array of tea time food looks wonderful!

MomWaldsPlace said...

Your tea place looks like the perfect spot for a respite from holiday preparations.

Beth in NEPA said...

That tea room is wonderful. It would be my go to place for special events AND for a pleasant afternoon as well.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

This looks delightful...When I was a little girl my mother and I often had tea like this at Halle Brothers Department Store in downtown Cleveland.....And when I've been in England I have enjoyed this sort of tea...Lucky you! I remember in one of Elizabeth Goudge's books a character says that "high tea" means "it's high time we had something to eat".

Winnie said...

Looks like a perfect place for tea! Those sandwiches and sweets look delicious. I wish I had the scone here now, as I would make short work of it. Glad you have a place to visit. Not many where I live but have one that I adore but can't get there often.

Southerncook said...

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon with your "Lunch Bunch". I'm sure it was a memorable moment. All of the nibbles look divine and what fun you and Francie would have there.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Ian Gebbett said...

Martha, I am Teresa's (the owner and head baker for Clock Tower Bakery) husband. I just want to thank you so much for a beautifully well written article. It's so descriptive and accurate of everything Teresa does with her gift for food. I've had 20 years of enjoying Teresa's delights, but unfortunately do not have the ability to express it as well as you have in writing. Both Teresa and I moved from England 9 years ago and LOVE living in the Mid West, it's a true pleasure to bring a little bit of Britain's heritage to KC and such FUN right! We have owned the Clock Tower Bakery for 7 months, and it's been a lot of hard work, thanks so much for making it all worthwhile it means so much to Teresa and I that you enjoyed the experience. All the best, Ian and Teresa

Seaview said...

Martha...Sounds like a wonderful time..I just went to a lovely tea with my daughter last week in Cape Cod...scones, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, desserts...sat down to a beautiful table setting AND thought of you ❗️
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving ❗️
I always enjoy my tea while reading your blog ❤️

Marilyn Miller said...

This looks like a wonderful afternoon tea time. Thanks for sharing it with us. I loved the color of the desserts.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Seaview, where? I went to a lovely tea in Cape Cod as well a couple of years ago. A wonderful tea room. The Dunbar Tea Room in Sandwich.

Zaa said...

I wish we had a tearoom nearby... Everything looks absolutely wonderful and I'd love to nibble on one of those sweet little sandwiches..Yes and English tea would suit me very well indeed... So THANKS for sharing ..Hugs

Seaview said...

Hi Martha , It's the Borsari Gallery in Dennis..
We have a home near there and just found this lovely was wonderful !!! I think you'd like it ❗️

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing, Martha! I want to gather some girlfriends and go there! I was just in old OP last week, at Penzey's Spices, and I didn't realize there was a tea room there. It was cold and I guess I was on a mission for a certain spice and didn't look around! Looks like a great place to spend an afternoon.