Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A 2015 Downton Abbey Tea at Sweet Shalom

Despite snow and frigid temperatures, my girlfriend and I set out for Sylvania, Ohio last Friday morning [Jan. 9th].  What should have been a 42 minute drive, turned out to be over two hours due to an overturned semi-truck on the Interstate.  We were more than happy to relax over a cup of tea by the time we arrived at Sweet Shalom!

A silver tea service on the fireplace mantle set the stage for an elegant Downton Abbey tea.

~ An authentic 1920's costume on display ~

A harpist provided lovely pre-tea music.

~ My place setting ~

~  Sandy [R] and Me ~

~ We began with Kensington Palace Scones ~

 ~ Very light and flaky ~

 Followed by Downstairs English Ham Bake [Spinach, Mushroom, Ham & Cheese]

~ Next came the tired server with Savories and Desserts ~

Savories: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches; Coronation Chicken Sandwiches;  Sour Cream and Onion Bread; and Kitchen Garden Terrine.

Desserts:  Manchester Pudding, Traditional British Lemon Tart, and Decadent Chocolate Almond Torte.  We drank Black Currant tea throughout the Afternoon Tea.

There was a Downton Abbey trivia quiz of 20 questions.

Everyone who got at least six answers correct received a teabag in a pretty little envelope.

~ I bought a cute candle [or plant] teapot holder in their gift shop for $6 ~

It was a fun way for Sandy and I to spend an afternoon together in spite of the weather.


  1. Another lovely tea! This looks like such fun, worth the trip even though it was not an easy one.

  2. You've braved the weather a few times for a tea haven't you? Well worth it for this one, the food looks delicious and a pretty candle tea pot to come home.
    A nice photo of the two of you Phyllis.

  3. How special that you and Sandy were able to attend this lovely tea!

  4. This sounds like a lovely afternoon and what a nice tea! I've gone to a tea house near me with a friend and it is a special time. I hope your trip back home was not as eventful as the one there!

  5. I love Sweet Shalom - isn't it just lovely? All the themed teas are so divine. I was so disappointed that I was not able to attend the Downton Tea. The food looks absulutely scrumptious. It is exactly 1 hour and 45 minutes from my front door in good weather. I wonder how long the trip would have been on the day you went? Glad you got there safely so you could share with us!

  6. Another "Downton Abbey" teatime this year? I want to know what's the secret to having so many great tea opportunities up there in Michigan? All that snow? What?

  7. Oh what fun! I would have loved attending this tea.


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