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
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
(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
to downtown old town Overland Park
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.