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Tea, fit for a queen, aboard a Queen

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen MaryEvery queen likes to make a big, bold, and fabulous statement. There’s certainly no exception to this rule when going for high tea at The Tea Room aboard the magnificent Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California.

Once one of the most luxurious ocean liners on the north Atlantic, the Queen Mary is peacefully moored in southern California, about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles. The Team Room is located near the bow of the ship, above the promenade deck, overlooking the forecastle. It’s one of the most beautiful spots aboard the entire ship.

Afternoon tea is full of rich tradition, from the selection of teas, to what is served on the tiered plate service. At The Tea Room aboard the Queen Mary, they honour these traditions, right down to the crusted bread.

The most popular tea served for afternoon tea is Earl Grey. Earl Grey tea is a black, caffeinated tea, with deep, bold, aromatic flavours, and hints of citrus. Earl Grey tea is typically sipped plain, without any additives, however, it’s perfectly acceptable to add milk and sugar.

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary

For the full afternoon tea experience, go for The Windsor Tea service. The top tier starts off with four tea-size sandwiches, including chicken, deviled egg, prosciutto and cucumber. In authentic style, these little sandwiches are all served with slightly dried bread. Each one is carefully loaded with fresh, handmade spreads and perfectly presented on the plate.

The middle tier has two traditional English tea scones, paired with clotted cream and an assortment of local made preserves. The warm, fresh baked scones go best with a fresh cup of Earl Grey tea.

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary

The final, bottom tier, has an assortment of fresh baked petit fours, which includes a fresh California tart and the more traditional lemon tart.

If tea isn’t your think, don’t panic, they also have a great selection of wine too! You can even take some some of the local preserves, for sale through the restaurant.

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary

Instead of going for the usual Sunday Funday or brunch with the gurls, get into the spirit of the golden age of trans-Atlantic cruising. Get dressed up in your Sunday best, and treat you and your friends like the queens that you are, to a sensational afternoon tea aboard this amazing old Queen. You’ll love it!

Afternoon tea, served at The Tea Room aboard The Queen Mary

Mother’s Day High Tea at Rowena’s

Photo Credit: Rowena's Inn

This weekend is Mother’s Day, and every mother deserves a day of pampering. This year, instead of the traditional brunch, spa treatment or hanging basket, treat your mom to a High Tea service at a relaxing English country estate. Rowena’s Inn, located on the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley is offering high tea for just $19.95 per person

The tea service includes fresh-baked scones, traditional English tea sandwiches, a variety of desserts, and of course your choice of premium tea.

Tea is served in the Drawing Room of the beautifully restored English-style manor, located on the 160-acre estate. Inside the manor are elegant antique chandeliers, vases, and furnishings, including a bed owned by opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, a piece of the banister from the original Fairmont Vancouver, and a dining room table that King George VI once sat at!

Rowena’s Inn is a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver and 35 minutes north of Abbotsford. Reservations for High Tea can be made by calling 1.877.796.1001.

English High Tea

Alright folks, many of you have china tucked away in your china cabinets, storage closets, basements and attics – it’s time to bring them out and have a traditional English High Tea. It’s simple to do and a lot of fun. Besides, why not put your china to good use – after all, it was meant to be used, not stored away forever.

An easy English high tea would include cucumber, egg salad or salmon salad sandwich cut into four pieces, tea and biscuits.

To make a perfect pot of tea, pour cold water into a kettle and let it come to a hard boil. While the kettle is boiling, pour hot water into your tea pot. When the kettle is comes to the hard boil, dump the hot water from the tea pot, put in your fresh tea, and add the freshly boiled water. Cover and let steep for four minutes. When it’s done steeping, remove the tea and discard.

Depending on what kind of tea you are serving you can add sugar, honey, lemon, milk or cream.

When attending a tea party, remember standard etiquette says only the Tea Mother can serve and pour tea from the pot, unless the he / she grants you permission.

Now, go find your china and enjoy it!

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