Friday, May 15, 2015

A Downton Abbey Tea at Tyme Well Spent

When I returned from Washington, D.C. last month, I immediately began preparing for a Downton Abbey presentation at Tyme Well Spent tea room in Hartland, MI.  The tea was in celebration of their 10th anniversary in business. 

I blogged about a visit to Tyme Well Spent last January.  [The post can be viewed here.] The house was built by Sear's "Modern Homes Program," and the pre-cut lumber, staircase, nails, and varnish all arrived by railroad.  Even though a much more humble dwelling than the prestigious Highclere Castle, the vintage house is appropriate to the Downton Abbey time period.

Downton Abbey's popularity is amazing.  Tyme Well Spent hosted two sell-out teas on April 18th and 25th.  

I love the tea-themed lamp [below] that sits on one of the dining tables.

Mrs. Patmore definitely would have approved of the high tea menu.

English Scones with Jam

Carrot Ginger Soup

Savories: Egg Salad with Watercress; Smoked Salmon with Peppercorn-Horseradish spread; and Cucumber with Dill.

~ Cornish Pasties with Wine Sauce ~

~ Asparagus with Saffron Champagne Dressing ~

~ Fresh Fruit and Cheese ~

And Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. Tea, of course, was served throughout the meal. Suffice it to say, no one went home hungry!

I began my three part presentation during the dessert course: the characters; life above and below the stairs; and Downton Abbey fashions.  The theme was great fun to research, and the ladies were very receptive. 

[Linda Pudlik and Me]

Congratulations to owner, Nancy Martin, for ten years of service to the community of Hartland, and to tea lovers near and far!


  1. Love your outfit! You look wonderful and I'm sure your presentation was equally so. That menu and your photos of the food looked grand, too.

  2. I'll bet the guests had a fabulous time, and I adore your outfit! :)


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