High Tea and CAKE, my favorite
How fortunate to have 6 days here to sample Tea in a number of places. And tea must come with cake.
I have to admire a people who take the time to sit, relax and sip their national hot beverage while EATING CAKE! It has been perfected to an art of "temperature, origin of the tea leaves and presentation".
Coffee in Italy is a staple but una café is bolted not sipped. The idea of sitting at a table drinking coffee for an hour is somewhat foreign to the Italians.
Discovering The Lavender Tea House in the south of the UK
When i asked a greeter at the Dover dock where I was catching a ship, "Is there a famous cake baked in this area" I had no idea she would suggest a new tea room in the next town that her daughter just opened and I would have an opportunity to visit the Lavender Tea House the following week.
I had just been in Canterbury and found their 'special cake' (unfortunately they were sold out) and thought this would be an interesting theme. Tea and cake throughout the UK, a perfect topic for my blog or a great excuse to eat cake several times a day!
|A motto I can follow|
The opportunity to visit the Lavender Tea Room in Folkestone, UK was too good to pass. A call from her mother and a few emails had me taking the train the following week to Folkestone, a short distance from Dover, UK.
Natalie Chessman is the owner of this charming tea room on a pedestrian street not far from the sea. Visiting on a Saturday, the busiest day of the week, limited my time with Natalie but she was very generous to share her ideas about enjoying tea. See the video interview below
|On a pedestrian street not far from the sea (and the train station) the Lavender Tea Room has an outdoor patio|
|Your cake selection is served on English china|
The three cakes that are most popular. I could have sampled any of the selection. The scones were incredible and they even had a glutton free cake!
The LTR was busy when I arrived about 11 am just before the midday rush. The pedestrian street was busy with Saturday shoppers and a small festival in one of the streets. As soon as I entered the shop I was greeted by one of the staff members who knew I was coming and sat me down with a pot of tea!. A lovely welcome while I waited for Natale to finish in the kitchen.
Q. Do you bake all the cakes by hand or are they done 'commercially?
What might be in the future for The Lavender Tea Room?
Natalie reminded me they have only been open a year, and many options are open for the future.
A British tour group may have some interest in adding a stop at the Lavender Tea Room to a future tour schedule.
Click below to see their web site.
Homemade Cakes, Fine Teas, Freshly Ground Coffee and Light Lunches in the Heart of Folkestone's Old Town.Now Open in Church Street, Folkestone . . .
The Lavender Tea House is the destination in Kent for fine teas, home made cakes and light lunches. The perfect place to relax after a shopping trip, during your lunch break or just to treat yourself to some calm, indulgent ‘me’ time!
Sit back, relax and enjoy a pot of fine tea served with a delicious slice of home made cake. Perfect!
The Lavender Tea House
5, Church Street, Folkestone