Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tea And Crumpets



Several days ago, a friend and I decided to go out for lunch. We sort of wanted to go to someplace a little different. She said she knew about this tea house downtown. She didn't know exactly where it was, but was sure we could find it.


After driving Miss Daisy (AKA Judy) all around downtown, she finally called another friend who told us where it was. When we got there, we noticed that there was another teahouse across the street, which is really the one she was thinking about! But we decided to try this one, called "The Peony House" . It was a very relaxing and fun experience. It was started by two ladies a few years ago, and they wanted to keep it true to English traditions. They make everything themselves from scratch. And they have many kinds of tea. My tea was called "very berry" or something like that. It was very good.

We first had a salad--several to choose from; then sandwiches on a croissant--also 5+ to choose from. (I had a broccoli slaw salad, and she had a bacon, lettuce tomato salad; I had chicken salad sandwich and she had turkey walnut; we both tried a little of each other's choices) They were very good. Then they brought us each a "pastry plate" that had five different little pastries, including an English scone, a shortbread, a cookie, a little tart with chocolate filling and a cookie. She also brought 3 different toppings to try with the scone and shortbread--lemon curd, a strawberry topping and an english cream.

It was quiet and small with lots of atmosphere. They also sold paintings, hats, tea cozy's, etc. and had lots of art work on the walls.

It was a little pricey (we thought) but for a one-of-a-kind place, it was worth it. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I would love to go again and try some of the other salads and sandwiches. Anyone for tea and crumpets?





12 comments:

Bernie said...

Donna I would love to have lunch at a place like this, it looks and sounds lovely. I always thought my sister should of opened a tea house. She is a wonderful cook and a real homemaker........:-)Hugs

Rebecca said...

When our group was still "Red Hats" we had lunch there! I agree, it was pricey but fine for once-in-awhile.

I'm wondering about the place across the street! Do you know any more about it?

Diana said...

Oooo, this sounded so good Donna! I would love to go to a place like that for lunch! So glad that you found it! Love Di ♥

Donna's Book Nook said...

Rebecca--the one across the street is called the Pfeiffer House. I found a couple articles about it online. It looks like it would also be a fun place for lunch. When do you want to go?

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

First, I apologize for not having been here in a thousand ages! Secondly, I've recently become a tea-lover and am thinking about hosting a tea party in my new parsonage for the ladies of the church. Of course, they'd have to bring their own teacups, but I'll supply the goodies and the tea... my recent favorite being peach-apricot.

What a lovely day you had with a friend. Next time, call me. I'll drive over. I could so use a close friend right now. I'm quite lonely in my life. Thank God for his abiding presence and continuing love!

peace~elaine

beckymc said...

Donna, it sounds like a wonderful experience. I am glad ou got to enjoy time with friends and a good old fashioned tea.

Terri Tiffany said...

I absolutly love places like this one. I have found several here in our area that now and then I get to with friends. It is about the experience.

Dee said...

I love spur of the moment decisions. Sounds like a yummy lunch. In your previous post you mentioned going to Chelsea Mich. Frank has a favorite resturant there called the "Common Grill", the resturant is owned by a chef who does all the cooking.Very good food! We vist it after his Ann Arbor hospital trips.

Brenda said...

Good thing that I check your blog from time to time to find out what is going on with you. Sounds like a fun day with Judy!

Wanda..... said...

Donna, The Peony House visit made me want to come visit for tea and crumpets too! Sounds like you might just find excuses to go back often!

jar said...

Donna,

I've been to the Peony House, too and really enjoyed it. Great place to "splurge" once in awhile.

Enjoy your cousins get together in Springfield!

Jo

Cindy - Letters From Midlife said...

What a sweet place to share with a friend. Thanks for sharing the photos too.