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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Afternoon Tea In The City

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:

Which contains:
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

Sandwich selection:
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


Connie said...

I will revisit the experience of this wonderful day many times in the future! Thank you for documenting it so perfectly. Such a special time.

Linderhof said...

It was a special time! Thank you for joining me. It was a lovely afternoon!

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! My favorite thing to do. I've been watching two English series on Netflix. Both police procedurals but, truth be told, I watch because of the lush cinematography and tea time. The English always find a way to have tea even when on the road. So civilized. My P.E.O. group had a fund-raising tea last week. It's on my blog and was a great time together.


Bernideen said...

How delightful and the food looked wonderful! What a lovely day!