There is one place in the city
That is a slice of heaven for me
Downtown Overland Park
The Clock Tower Bakery
Serves a true English afternoon tea
By advance reservation only!
I just don't stop by when I'm in the city by myself . . .
No, I always have tea with a friend
This time it was friend Connie
who I met because of my blog . . .
She was in the city visiting and we arranged to meet for tea
At the Clock Tower . . .
On each table covered with a white cloth, are real tea cups and saucers, a tea plate,
the tea pot and cutlery and this folder:
the tea menu
the selection of teas
and the tea etiquette
Your tea is brought along with a three tier curate:
Sandwiches on the bottom,
scones and a cranberry pistachio shortbread on the middle tier
Sweets on the top
cucumber -- of course -- two of them
roasted vegetable roll up -- two of them
egg salad (or egg mayonnaise as the Brits call it) -- a finger
chicken salad -- a finger
two small sausage rolls
A tender tall scone served with real clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam
(and a cranberry pistachio "biscuit")
The top layer:
Checkerboard Battenburg cake, a vanilla bean macaron, millionaire bars and a cream puff
We were so full that we both took three of our desserts home -- for tea time the next day!
Oh, and our scones . . .
We both decided that we would eat one Cornish and one Devon
The difference you may ask?
Devon is on the left -- you put the cream on the scone and then top with jam
The Cornish is on the right -- jam first and then topped with cream
I prefer the Devon style
We drank pots of tea, visited and had a grand afternoon.
Both of us are Anglophiles
We both would love to live in England
And we've both been there several times.
We had a bit of England yesterday afternoon
on the prairie of Kansas
Two friends who share a love of tea