Showing posts from June, 2016

The White Hart ~ A Coastal Victorian Tearoom

Happy Summer Tea Friends!   One of my summer pleasures is visiting new tearooms while traveling. Saturday was my birthday and what better way to celebrate than going out to afternoon tea. A favorite travel spot of mine is the Monterey Bay. Carmel by the Sea, Monterey and Pacific Grove are idyllic towns. Last year while walking in Pacific Grove I came across   The White Hart . The beautiful Victorian immediately caught my attention. I was thrilled to learn the home serves as a tearoom to the public two weekends a month and can be rented for private parties as well.  I knew I wanted to celebrate my birthday there. We made reservations for 11:30 (right when it opened). The White Hart does not have set seating times like many other tearooms. This makes for a relaxed experience in my opinion. I was happily surprised to see the decorated table when we arrived. So sweet! A birthday card on the table! Noritake teacups We enjoyed a white tea and

A Vintage Tale from Royal Albert

Hello Teacup Friends, Welcome June and the start of iced tea season!  While the temperatures are still somewhat mild, I will continue to start my weekend mornings with a cup of tea and a good book outside in my backyard. There are so many good "tales" on my to-read list already.  As an avid reader I hope to start incorporating book titles of my own selection and those of my book club here on my blog this summer.  I certainly agree with this! Speaking of tales, during this last year I have been admiring teacups with scenery patterns. I feel they are telling their own tale and the artwork is remarkable. I was able to find just such a teacup and saucer on ebay a couple of months ago and it is our week's featured teacup. Rosedale by Royal Albert The scene features an open garden gate and a yellow cobblestone path. This set appears to be hand painted and the raised painted flower buds really stand out to me. I've never seen that o