It’s Tea Time!

One of the tea rooms we were in, courtesy of St. James Tearoom


On our recent family reunion several of us went to a real life tea party! In Albuquerque there is a traditional tea room, The St. James Tearoom. It was a magical place with period clothes, furniture, books, tapestries.

We enjoyed 3 different types of teas and an array of foods: savories, breads and sweets.

not our exact menu but you get the idea: courtesy of St James Tearoom

The first tea was the Queen’s special blend, Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Apparently each sovereign that comes in gets the opportunity to develop their own blend of tea. It was a black tea that I had with milk and sugar. It was not my favorite, it was a little strong for my taste.

The second tea was really quite marvelous: Atlantic City Jubilee, 1923. It was mild gently fruity flavor mixing several black teas with just a touch of cherry. I also added some milk and sugar, but it would have been very tasty black.

The last tea was a green tea, I cannot remember the name, but it was NOT my favorite. I couldn’t even finish it. It was very … I’m not even sure. But I really don’t like green tea, apparently! ;D

in the courtyard


It was a wonderful time with family (there were 8 of us who went), basking in an elegant time and wonderful new tastes and senses. My daughter and I are thinking of having our own tea party – just for the very fun time that it is. I’m adding a video from the owner of The St. James Tearoom on how to make a perfect pot of tea.


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31 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE tea rooms- and tea times!!!!!

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  2. I love going to high teas! How was the food? The scones with lemon curd are my favorite. Did they serve those?

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    • They had 2 kinds of scones: plain and rose flower and almond scones and they had rose & pomegranate curd and clotted cream. I wasn’t that fond of the rose & pomegranate curd, though – it was a little too strong for me. The scones were lovely.

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  3. I’ve never been to a tea room, nor a high tea but I’d love to go! I do, however, know how to make a perfect pot of tea the English way. I guess I’m cultured after all! πŸ˜‰ lol

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    • Well, Terri, I’M impressed that you know how to make a perfect pot to tea!! Yes, you are cultured, even if you’ve never been to a tea room! ;-D

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      • Hah! I’d like to say it’s because of my English heritage, but it’s not. We have friends who were missionaries to England and she taught me how to do it! πŸ˜‰

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        • LOL!! Well I’LL say it’s in your blood!! I’m not sure WHAT traditions I could claim being French-Canadian and Russian!! ;-D

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  4. Oh, Kate,
    We truly are sisters! I love tea and tea parties. You did a marvelous job with your post and love that you added the video. The Jubilee tea sounded delicious.

    j

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    • It was my first one, but it was a delight! Jan, I am SOOO far behind on reading blogs — with vacation and I’ve been sick every since we got back, I’m barely keeping up with Blogathon at all. I’m sorry I haven’t been to your blog in awhile. Just got up from my 3rd nap of the day — will finish responding to comments and plan supper then back to bed for me! I’ll be checking out your month of entertaining when I’m better. I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing all you are learning!!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed your tea! I’ve never been to a tea room either.

    God bless you!
    Bethany

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    • Bethany, if you ever get the chance, it is REALLY worth the money (it IS expensive). But I’ll blog again when my daughter and I plan ours and maybe you can enjoy it virtually with us! ;-D

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  6. Hi Kate,

    I love traditional English afternoon tea! I’ve enjoyed afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria B.C. (the best place in all of Canada for an English tea), and at Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, London. It’s too bad you didn’t enjoy all of your teas, but that’s the nice thing about tea – you get to try new things.

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    • Ooooh, how FUN!!! Victoria, I’m just glad I really enjoyed any of them…I am not a tea person, very much. It was just such a wonderful experience! Do they generally serve different kinds of teas or was it just they way this tearoom did it?

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      • Hi Kate,

        At both places, we picked one tea instead of a couple of teas. They actually wheeled a tea cart over to our table and we could smell the different loose teas on offer. Once they brought our tea, we could taste it. If it wasn’t to our liking we could try something else. Fortunately, I’ve liked each tea I’ve chosen and even bought some to bring home. I’m partial to black teas like English Breakfast and Earl Grey.

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  7. This looks like so much fun, Kate. My good friend has a son who lives in England. As a result, she knows how to host a tea and she’s done it several times. I think it’s a neat tradition.

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    • Melanie, have you been to a tea hosted by your friend? I agree…it is such a neat tradition! Too bad we in “the states” stopped doing Tea Time after the Revolution!

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      • Yes, with lots and lots of women. She’s a speaker so they’re big events. She told me about a place she went for tea that’s in the area where the ladies all wore crowns. Love that!

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  8. Having a tea sounds like a fun way to get to know others! When I was a child, one mother and daughter always hosted a mother/daughter tea with a cookie exchange at Christmas. It wasn’t quite as “official” as this, but it made for good memories!

    Mary Beth
    newlifesteward.com

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    • I’ll bet! Our church recently had a women’s event but the gal in charge REALLY wanted it to be a high tea instead of a dinner. Maybe the next time! Yes, good memories indeed!!

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  9. How lovely! I recently had tea with some friends at a tea room in Maryland. What are the two glasses on top of the tray? I’ve never seen those! Thanks for sharing – it gave me new ideas for blog posts! πŸ˜‰

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    • This was not our specific menu, but the top tray has the desserts, so I’m assuming they are some kind of parfait. We had a champagne gelatin berry dessert in tiny glasses. Oooh, I’m now curious on your post ideas!!

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  10. Oh wow, that looks like a blast πŸ™‚ I would love to visit that place. Have a wonderful day!

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    • Kathleen, it was SO much fun! And I’d never done that before so the experience was such a joy. Thanks for visiting again!

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  11. Oh Kate…how fun!! Tea rooms are beautiful + so much fun πŸ™‚ Sadly, I haven’t been to one in quite some time. I need to get to one!
    Those tea treats look delicious.

    Thanks for linking up to First Day of My Life’s Thankful Thursday <3
    Hope you have a lovely night! ox

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    • Thanks, Cami. I never even knew they HAD tearooms here in “the states”. If you get a chance to find one, go!

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  12. I love tea rooms! The china, the antiques, the little sandwiches, and desserts. So fun!

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    • Yes, Christina…they are just magical!

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  13. A girl never gets too old for a tea party:)

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    • LOL! You are so right, Carla!!

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  14. Oh wow Kate! That tea room looks fantastic… it has a real cosy charm about it from looking at the photo and these cream cake goodies don’t half look delicious! What a fab experience. Give me call next time you go along please πŸ˜€ LOL

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    • LOL! Wendy, I’ll do that!! πŸ˜€

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