Tea at the Savoy
Much has been written on the subject of the English and our tea. There are two meanings of the word tea in England. Firstly, the drink which is drunk frequently throughout the day in homes and workplaces throughout the day. Debate often rages around the varying strengths, colour, sweetness and whether milk should be poured before or after the tea.
Secondly there is the occasion, some might say tea can be classed as a meal in its own right.
Few ‘take tea’ these days, especially on a week day, however the design studio where I work does stop each Wednesday at 4pm sharp to have tea as a company, cakes included.
I think Henry James put it best when he said:
“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
With that in mind, I went to take tea at the Savoy with my family for a joint birthday. This is no quick affair, and takes around two hours, with four courses: sandwiches, scones, cakes and more with tea of many varieties, all served on beautiful duck-egg blue cups and saucers.