Downton Abbey Tea — British Isles Friday — 35 Comments

  1. Thanks for the invite, Joy! How fun, to enjoy tea while learning those new recipes. I left a link about my 2006 journey through the British Isles, including unexpected “tea” in a church basement library.

  2. Congratulations on your new meme Joy. I couldn’t decide so put up two links, one a book, one my husbands photos of our last trip- not all are in the British Isles. Your afternoon tea excursion looks great. I was really surprised at your bread comment, that it was hard to buy bread thin enough. We can buy toast or sandwich sliced bread at the supermarket, or a bakery will slice it however you would like it.

  3. What a fun day it must have been. Your photos are beautiful!

    I love this meme already! I can’t wait to get to know the British Isles through everyone’s posts.

  4. I want to go to a Downton Abbey tea!!!! How amazingly fun, Joy!

    I like the name change. I didn’t realize Anglophile wasn’t all encompassing, either.

    I will see what I have to link up!

  5. My post is old as well – but other than tea or the Queen, what’s more iconically British than Sherlock Holmes? 🙂

    Question to your readers: (Other than Ireland) is the Union Jack encompassing of the rest of the British Isles?

  6. Wow! This sounds like such a fun idea! And the Downton tea looked like so much fun 🙂 I love scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam – it was my favorite thing to eat when I lived in England. We used to head down to the quay side to this popular tea shop and order scones and pots of tea – I loved it. I’ve never had finger sandwiches before. I suppose when I think about it, I never really ordered traditional tea when I lived in England. Anyhow, I loved this post and your photos – thanks for sharing!!

  7. Looks like this was a delightful day. Everything looks so delicious! I’ve had traditional English tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C., Canada, and enjoyed every bite. The presentation was lovely — goodies arranged on a 3-tiered serving plate — and delicious. What a treat!
    FYI: I found your blog through Saturday Snapshots.

  8. What a fabulous idea Joy – I’ll see what I can find in my backlist to get things started.

    I had the very good fortune in 1991, whilst living and working in London as a nanny, to get an invite to Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen!
    It was just me and several hundred other lucky strangers!
    No cameras were allowed, so the whole thing is pure memory.
    It was a wonderful experience…and your pics reminded me of it – thank you 🙂

  9. Looks like this is taking off already! Though Canadian I love up in Scotland, so i will keep you up to date on all the happenings up here like the vote to separate from England, the Edinburgh Book Fest and anything else that comes my way!

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  11. What a great idea. I think I may be the only person in England who hasn’t watched any of Downton. Sort of missed the boat. Though I have eaten a few cream teas. I will have to see if I have anything suitable British to link with.

  12. I really need to stop reading Weekend Cooking posts before breakfast! I’m starving! At our library, we had someone request that we do a Downton Abbey tea, but it seems like it would be an awful lot of work. I’d rather attend one than throw one!

  13. What a fun day you had with that cookery demo. The sandwiches must have been a bit of a challenge for you all since they are so different to what you normally get in your part of the world (a tiny amount of bread and a huge amount of filling!).

    The history lesson is a great idea. But my gosh don’t I sound as if I am a real grump by saying ‘don’t call us English” 🙂


    • You don’t sound like a grump to me! Americans are used to treading carefully through identity issues — what we learned as children about what to call people is no longer polite now. It works best to be continuously curious about how people identify themselves and adapt accordingly.

  14. LOVE this idea and perhaps I will participate in the future.

    I think I could easily adopt the English custom of afternoon tea. It’s very nature causes us to slow down and enjoy life a bit more – something I desire to do on a regular basis.

  15. I’ve made a Victoria Sandwich cake before! Marian Keyes (Irish) put out a cookbook last year that has a lot of fantastic recipes, some traditional and some not. I’ve been impressed with all of the ones I’ve tried.

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  17. How fun and I am glad for the geography lesson. Thanks for sharing with #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup and the shoutout on G+. I will have to link up some of my book reviews until I try some British recipes – I have a scone recipe I have been wanting to try.

    Hope you link up with us again next week!

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