Val was my Mum and the creation of this Tea Shop is as much
for her as it is for me.
A Londoner all her life, Val centered her comings and goings around her family, work, keeping a spotlessly clean home, and TEA. Strong tea, always in a cup and saucer, with just a spot of milk and no sugar.
No fancy herbal teas, just good black tea, steeped well and
served boiling hot.
My Mum was my rock, my Go-To person and when she passed
suddenly in December 2019, my whole world crumbled for a while.
We had talked often about my opening an English Tea Shop here in Rhode Island and she always encouraged me to "take the plunge", followed by "if you don't try, you'll never know".
So, here I am, taking the plunge into what I love doing the
most - baking, feeding people, and paying as much attention to
detail as I possibly can.
I have decades of experience in the planning, preparing
and hosting of Afternoon Teas. It's something I have always done
and it's time for me to share my passion,
and my culture, with you.
I know she is with me. In every pot of tea brewed, every sandwich
made and every Bakewell Tart baked.
Kettle's on Mum - this Tea Shop is for you.
Treating yourself to an Afternoon Tea in England is always such a treat. The Orangery at Kensington Palace in London was one of Val's favourites. Kensington Palace was the former home of Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
If an Afternoon Tea wasn't available then a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and a Gin & Tonic would do nicely.
Here's Bishop's Park in Fulham, London.
A beautiful expanse of land that
stretches along the River Thames.
Many a Sunday afternoon spent here.