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Tea Party – A Great British Tradition

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There’s nothing better than drinking tea, eating scones and having lively conversation with friends on a rainy and blustery afternoon, and that is exactly what a group of us did on 9 February.  We were delighted to discover that the Mac Tanner English Tea Room, tucked away in Dornach, not far from Basle, allowed us to indulge ourselves in the British tradition of afternoon tea and lived up to our expectations of what such a tea should be.

The savoury sandwiches, light and fluffy scones with cream and jam, and a dainty array of cakes, all freshly homemade, were sublime, and there was a wide selection of teas on offer to wash it all down with. Afternoon tea always seems a gracious, old world pleasure and we sipped, we chatted and we munched to our heart’s content.  We even left a few cakes so as not to feel too guilty.

It was fortunate that we had been given a room to ourselves as the conversation was extremely lively and the laughter increased as the afternoon wore on.  The first class food and service, enjoyed in an informal atmosphere, made the afternoon a huge success.  The Ladies Who Tea will certainly be going back again: our thanks to Angela Meier-Jones for organizing it.

Susan Hughes