Lady K. hosted the 2015 Victorian Tea Society Autumn Tea.
I had been wanting to visit Marlene’s Tea & Cakes ever since they opened so I was excited when I learned that Lady K. had chosen to host the next VTS tea here. Marlene’s is an elegant white tablecloth tea house and I appreciate the spacious interior. I get nervous when I visit tea houses with too many china cabinets and furniture arranged in too-close-for-comfort quarters resembling Victorian parlors.
The next important detail was the tea. It was brewed properly (thank you, THANK YOU!), the temperature of the tea stayed warm for a long time, and the selection was wonderful.
One thing I really appreciate about Marlene’s is the attention and care given to the food, its quality, its presentation, and its variety. They change their menu monthly (not just seasonally!) which keeps customers coming back (unlike other tea houses that shall not be named)!
All the food was excellent. Furthermore, Marlene was a pastry chef before she opened her tea house and it shows in the quality and creative execution of her desserts! I don’t understand tea houses that outsource their desserts or foods. 😦
One of the Victorian Tea Society’s traditions is to buy a gift for the hostess. Lady K. received a Downton Abbey Christmas tea ornament from Lady T. that was particularly charming. I had to include this here as a feast for the eyes since it possesses the hallmark of every good miniature: Details! You will see something different from every angle!
Okay everyone, all together now … “Awwww … how cuuuute!!” I know, right? 😉
Marlene’s is definitely going down in my books as my favorite tea house! Thank you Lady K. for hosting a wonderful autumn tea!