Friday, March 01, 2013

Afternoon tea @ English's Quintessentially British

Today my friend, Stephanie, and I went to English's Quintessentially British Gastro Pub at Town Square here in Las Vegas.  I just recently found out that they serve an afternoon tea service and we wanted to try it.  We both decided on the cream tea for $20 pp.  It was a beautiful day so we decided to sit outside on the terrace.  She ordered a blackberry black tea and I ordered the tropical green tea.  Right away I spotted a problem.  The tea was served loose in the pot with strainers on the side.  It continued to steep and eventually both of us were left with bitter tea by our second cup.  Our favorite savory was the cheddar cheese with branston pickle.  Our least favorite was the egg sandwich.  The scones and strawberry jam were very good and the whipped cream was so delicious that we agreed we could have eaten it right out of the cup.  Unfortunately, after two pots of tea, extra sandwiches, and two scones, I didn't have room for the sweets.   We were the only ones at the pub having the tea.  All of the other patrons were having beer and the regular pub menu, which, judging from the scents wafting our way, must have been scrumptious!  I can't wait to share this with the other girls!
After tea, Steph and I hit the Teavana store.  I really wasn't expecting to buy anything but because it is my birthday month I treated myself to this Russian inspired infuser mug.  Years ago, I fell in love with the Cobalt Net pattern from the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, Russia but it is out of my price range at $80 per cup and saucer set.  This infuser mug was only $21.95!  Of course, what good is a new tea cup without new tea?  A customer ahead of my bought some of this Cococaramel Sea Salt herbal tea and when the tin was opened, it smelled so good!  I usually don't like Rooibos but I am willing to try this one.  It has bits of chocolate, caramel, and sea salt.  How can that be bad?
Thanks for a great day, Steph!

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