Thursday, November 03, 2011

Victorian Tea Party

Back in September Ana and I went to the Leeds Art Gallery for an afternoon visit.  It's fairly small, but it's easy to navigate.  I spent a long while drooling over the Pre-Raphaelite section, particularly John William Waterhouse's The Lady of Shallott Looking at Lancelot:

Isn't it gorgeous?!

The gallery features a Victorian-era tea room in lieu of the standard cafe, so after our museum meandering Ana treated me to a little tea party complete with cake.  The Yorkshire cream tea was delicious, and the addition of cake made it that much better.  (Cake makes everything better.)

A steaming cuppa
The gorgeous tea room
I love the Victorians -- did I say that already?
Check out the ceiling
Isn't it incredible? 
 Ana sips her tea
Ginger lime cake
Adding extra milk to my tea
People watching outside the window
And finally...
A tiny bearded man has invaded my teacup!
That was Ana's initial reaction when she saw this photo
It does sort of appear that way, doesn't it?

I had a wonderful time pretending I was a Victorian lady at tea.  If you are in the Leeds area, I would definitely recommend a visit to the Leeds Art Gallery and its delightful tearoom.  The threat of tiny men taking over your teacup is minimal.


Tiffinie Helmer said...

This is definitely something I need to add to my list of must things to do. That cake looks devine! Anyway you left with the recipe?

Nicole Jeannette said...

Gasp! I love this!!

Diana said...

Tiff: no recipe. :( The best accompaniment to English tea is scones with jam and clotted cream. Unfortunately, they were out so we made do with the cake.

Diana said...

Nicole: Tea parties really are such a blast! They make me feel like a little girl again, playing with a toy tea set.