11 March 2015

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes it's just nice to be able to take a break from the daily grind and raise a pinkie in a royal manner...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes it's splendid to eat off the good china...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes it's just lovely to spend an afternoon in the sunshine nattering with good friends over the gentle clink of tea cups and saucers...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes a bit of history is a perfect accompaniment to a meal...

At Kensington Palace in 1704, Queen Anne had an elaborate greenhouse built in the style of an elegant palace to protect her citrus trees from the harsh frosts of winter. She also recognised that The Orangery’s beautiful garden setting and graceful architecture made it a perfect venue for fashionable court entertaining away from the hubbub of Whitehall.


Sometimes a coronation chicken sandwich just fits perfectly with a glass of bubbly rosé (though my initial typo of bubbled roses sounds fetching too)...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea
An assortment of sandwiches: smoked salmon and cream cheese; egg mayonnaise and cress;
coronation chicken; and cucumber and mint

Sometimes the argument over sconning with cream or jam first is cast aside in favour of a diplomatically applied knife (and occasionally nouns are invented)...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea
Orange-scented and currant scones served with Cornish clotted cream and English strawberry jam

Sometimes a deliciously delicate slice of Victoria sponge cake just seems about right - especially just up the garden path from Queen Victoria's childhood home, Kensington Palace...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes it's nice to reminisce over the delicate flavours of cucumber & mint sandwiches and chocolate mousse cakes thanks to the royal catering company...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes it's just hilarious to hang out with Jess and Jacintha, taking as many photos as necessary to soothe the blogging addiction without a shred of guilt...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

Sometimes a sunny Saturday afternoon calls for a deliciously high quality traditional afternoon tea without any technical trickery and subtle service...

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

...and sometimes one has to be locked into a Royal Park in order to burn off a few of those calories by missioning it around to the one open entrance.

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea

One has to say that the much vaunted Kensington Palace Orangery afternoon tea is a perfect end to a visit wandering the halls of the Kensington Palace...

13 comments :

  1. I love the way you find unique ways to write about afternoon tea. The china is gorgeous!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

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  2. I love that about meeting bloggers - that you can feel free to linger to take photographs! I could murder that Victoria sponge right now. I may have to make one.

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  3. I do have a touch of afternoon tea addiction, so I do try and find different ways... Isn't the china so pretty!

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  4. I just woke up and reading this post has made me so hungry! I am loving these photos too -- so artsy :)

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  5. Looks heavenly! I love a good afternoon tea!


    Lauren xx
    www.thelifestylediaries.com

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  6. I seem to keep doing that #sorrynotsorry. Awww, thanks Carolann!

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  7. You honestly can't beat afternoon tea!

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  8. I love Kensington Palace and the Orangery is really beautiful - like the look of the cake platter too!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  9. I can't remember the last time I went for a classic cream tea! I think I need to fix that!

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