Tuesday, May 30, 2006

English Devonshire Tea

During our day trip up to the Blue Mountains, we stopped at this quaint little tea shop called Bygone Beautys at Leura Village to have a real and truly elegant English style Devonshire Tea.

Tea was served with freshly made scones with cream and strawberry jam... yum yum!

As Explorer Bus passengers, we were entitled to a special two-for-one offer, so the tea cost us only $9.95 for both of us.

It was perfectly sinful the way we dolloped the cream all over the scones. And there really is something elegant about taking tea using a proper tea set, at nice tea table just for two, with a rose tablecloth, in a little room with lace curtains on the windows. Aren't we elegant!

Hubby and I had a little debate as to whether the jam should be on top of the cream or vice versa... in the end we decided that the jam should go on the scones first, followed by a dollop of cream. Apparently this turned out to the the Cornish fashion of eating the scones.

We also walked around the shop to see their wide range of classic tea sets and accessories. We were absolutely blown away by the hundreds of little knick knacks which were all part of this whole English afternoon tea tradition... they really do make a ceremony of the entire thing.

More photos from our Blue Mountains Trip found at:
>>Day trip to Blue Mountains May-06

What is Devonshire Tea:
>>Wiki info on Devonshire Tea

Make your own Devonshire Tea:
>>Recipe for Scones

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