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.

A pinkie-raising Kensington Orangery Afternoon Tea 

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

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