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Cream Tea for friend gatherings and business meetings in the New Forest

Cream Tea for friend gatherings and business meetings in the New Forest

Is Afternoon Tea a luxury?

Traditional English cream teaIt might feel so when you’re seated comfortably in the historic Manor House at Elmers Court, gazing at the splendid view down the elegant Queen Mary Lawn and out across the lower section of Lymington River and out across the Solent.

But price wise it’s comparable with coffee and cake in any cafe!

Meanwhile, really top class fresh clotted cream is now the norm in establishments far from their Devon or Cornwall origins!

Finding a reason to take tea at Elmers Court

There are two distinct excuses to our mind for taking Afternoon Tea – be it the cream variety or cakes or both!

The first is to make a change. Those groups of friends who have the luxury of time to meet for morning coffee and gossip, could try switching their gatherings to try Afternoon Tea in one of the many New Forest eateries where it’s served.

Elmers Court walk to the riverThe second is for a business meeting with a colleague or your team, especially when you need to do a bit of brainstorming and thinking outside the box. We tried a Cream Tea and it works brilliantly!

Pour your tea and load your scone – whether you prefer the cream or jam first is not an issue – then you have an alluring display on a small plate (which still allows space for your notebook or laptop) to admire and nibble delicately and your tasty tea to sip, all the while needing only one hand to switch between scone and teacup!

Cream Tea at Macdonald Elmers Court

Cream Tea at Elmers Court includes two large, yummy warm scones served with stawberry preserve and Devonshire clotted cream, served with Clipper pyramid tea.

Manor House Afternoon Teas Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort

The Resurgence of afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a rapidly resurging phenomenon in our hectic social media dominated world from which it’s increasingly difficult to take a little time out for body and brain!

With thanks to the Telegraph for the following excerpt:

“It was a casual email: “Tea at ours?” The replies flew in, like hands to a biscuit jar, and very soon what started as a few scones and a few friends trying to save money had bumped the tradition of a shared Sunday lunch right off the calendar. We’ve gone mad for afternoon tea instead.

The story goes that the terribly English idea of taking tea, tarts and teeny sandwiches at four in the afternoon was invented around 1840 by Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, as a way to ward off “that sinking feeling between luncheon and supper”. Nowadays, it is a more down-to-earth pick-me-up: a way to sweeten the shock of a world gone mad.

Afternoon tea Elmers Court Lymington“When there’s a crisis, it’s always a cup of tea that’s brought out,” says Alec Foots, manager at the award-winning Black Swan tea rooms in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, which has seen demand for afternoon tea go skyward in the past six months. “To sit down and take your time over proper tea in a real china cup with delicious things to eat raises the spirits when things are tough. People can’t get enough of it right now.”

The UK Tea Council, which awards the annual Tea Guild’s Best Tea Place honours, confirms that “the tradition of afternoon tea has never been stronger; more and more people are taking time to enjoy it.”

Not only is it a further nod to the craze for all things vintage, and nostalgia for Fifties domesticity, it’s one of the simplest pleasures there is, says Oliver Peyton, the restaurateur and founder of the renowned Peyton & Byrne bakeries.”

Quoted from Daily Telegraph feature article

 

 

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