Monday, April 21, 2014

A Downton Abbey Tea at O'Mara's

On Tuesday, April 15th, three friends and I went on our monthly outing to O'Mara's for Afternoon Tea - this month's theme is Downton Abbey.  It was practically a sell-out tea [which included several gentlemen], and was one of their best teas!

[L-R:  Cindy, Sandy, Me, and Linda]

We ate by candlelight.  

Lady Sybil's picture was on our table.

Violet the Dowager Countess of Grantham was at the next table.

A lamp of Downton Abbey [Highclere Castle], and face masks of the characters were on the tables.

The servers were in maids costumes.

I started out with Strawberry Tea, but quickly switched to English Breakfast.

For the soup course I selected Lobster Bisque.

The savories consisted of:  A Lady Mary Cucumber and Caviar Sandwich on White Bread; Lady Edith Black Forest Ham, Swiss Cheese, Cranberry Dijonnaise, and Bean Sprouts on Pumpernickel; and Lady Sybil Roast Turkey with Chai Apple Butter, Apple Slices, Cheddar Cheese and Field Greens on Wheat.

Our entree was Robert the Earl of Grantham Hunter's Beef English Pie, with Mushy Peas. It was the perfect entree for this theme, and very delicious.

Chef Anita demonstrated how to make chai apple butter that accompanied Lady Sybil's sandwich.

We also had O'Mara's signature Baked Brie wrapped in Puff Pastry with Honey Lavender Butter and Toasted Walnuts, and Fresh Fruit and Crackers.

Dessert was Violet the Dowager Countess of Grantham Scones with Cream; Cora the Countess of Grantham Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Custard and Orange Whip Cream; and Isobel Crawley's English Cinnamon Sugar Butter Crumpets served with Fresh Berry Compote.

Kudos to O'Mara's for a job well done!

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Today I'm joining the following blog parties:
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday


  1. Wow, an amazing menu! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. So special!! I am going to a Downton Tea in two weeks. It will not be this wonderful! It is a fundraiser for our local library. There will be sweets only, a fashion show of period clothing and a discussion led by someone from the pbs station in Toledo, Ohio. I am looking forward to it! But I am insanely jealous of all the fine foods at your tea party!

  3. This is a special event I would have enjoyed attending!

  4. Sound like you had a grand time. The menu was amazing! A very special time!

  5. A Downtown Abby tea, how wonderful! I've always wanted to attend one! I enjoyed your pictures so much. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Phyllis,
    Oh my, what a feast! Everything looks splendid and I'm certain it was too. A lovely outing for you ladies. Thank you for sharing it with us and enjoy your week.


  7. Now that I've gotten hooked on DA myself, I would have loved this tea! Not at all surprised to hear it was so popular!

  8. You live in tea room heaven!

  9. I think they did a very nice presentation and menu. The food names were clever and well thought!


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