Monday, June 6, 2011

Afternoon Tea

Shailee and I concluded our week of eating with something quintessentially English- afternoon tea. It was a perfect day! We strolled the impeccable gardens of Kensington Palace and walked over to the orangery when our appetites beckoned.

The Orangery is so gorgeous- it's white and airy with Cathedral style ceilings. Sun pours in from the floor to ceiling windows- making a rather sparse and large room feel warm and intimate. I loved that there was no pretension as well. The staff was extremely friendly and knew their teas well! All the tables are spaced out comfortably allowing you to sit back, enjoy your conversation and tea as if in your own little world.

The finger sandwiches were perfection but I couldn't get to the desserts because I finished what was the biggest scone I've ever seen. Also, I've never had a scone like this before! Apparently it's a "proper English scone". It was amazing- not too sweet or dense or fluffy. The scone was just right! Oh and the clotted cream and fresh preserves... Come on! My idea of heaven!