A few weeks ago I won tickets to the 'high tea' at the Victorianna Weekend in the next town. I invited Hermes Scarf Friend to join me and we were looking forward to it all week!
As we were walking up the street we saw horse drawn carriages - a nice Victorian experience!
Glasses of water were served with flower petals in them.
I was more than slightly horrified at the tea service.
A pot of hot water and a teabag is what we got!
Our sandwiches and tarts.
I wonder if less care could've gone into them?
I shouldn't complain as I didn't have to pay for the tickets but would you believe this afternoon repast was 25.00 a seat? Let's compare that to the Windsor Arms high tea in Toronto where for 35.00 a person you get as much tea as you can consume, lots of beautiful scones and sandwiches, clotted cream, jam, cakes, cookies, tarts, strawberries with cream AND a glass of bubbly. Oh and the service is spectacular unlike the service we got at this 'freebie' tea which fell somewhere between surly and disgruntled. We were told they ran out of jam and they ran out of clotted cream (which was served in the jar on the table thanks very much) and the shocker is there was another service after ours meaning they wouldn't have half of the items listed on the menu! Hmpfh!
Moving on, we visited the Victorian Thanksgiving table
which asks us to suspend belief as there was no such
thing as Thanksgiving in Victorian England.
(Or modern England for that matter)
Anyhoo, the table was beautiful and very glam!
This may be the most artistic photo I have ever taken!
I dont know how I would feel about my dinner watching me!
Like so many events in this area it was just....ok. A bit flat, a bit too spread out and a bit underplanned. I will try again next year when hopefully they will have a better grasp on how to do this and improve on the basic concept.
Have a fabulous day!