Monday, July 19, 2010

Tea with Friends - The Princely Pear & Victoria

About a half hour drive from our home is the nicest tea room called The Princely Pear.  They serve lunch there too and it's my favourite place to visit with a friend for leisurely conversation.
The last time I was there was with Val from 'Gardening in a Sandbox' and after a healthy salad I had my usual tea. 

The cup and saucer didn't have a pattern name on it and each patron has a different one, so it's a mix and match tea room which is even better.

 Once I tried this tea called 'Monk's Blend' I've ordered it every time and I'd say it's similar to an Earl Grey cream.  The Victorian decor in the restaurant always includes a doily under the cup.
The desserts to choose from were decadent and screaming calories but I'm weak and decided on one I hadn't had before.

Oh my gosh, this sticky toffee pudding was soooo good with the warm caramel sauce drizzled over it.  It kind of put me in mind of the Christmas pudding with rum sauce my mother used to make.

One of the things I've always liked about Victoria magazine is the tea sets and fine dishes they'd show.  This yellow chintzware featured in the back of a few issues had me thinking how pretty it would look on our dining room table.

My tea hosts are:
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Time Tuesday with Lady Katherine at Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Martha's Favorites with Martha at Marthas Favorites

The celebration of Victoria magazine is hosted by Kathy at A Delightsome Life


  1. Tea is always more refreshing when shared with a friend.

  2. That is wonderful! I love that cake. Oh my gosh! It looks so rich. I love this meme about the "Old Victoria Magazine." I will go over and check that out!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Whata fun lunch spot! It was a lovely tea, the dessert... Mmmm who could resist? You reminded me about Victoria Magazine day, I am still chasing my tail... and forgot all about it!

  4. That dessert looks so good I can see why you could not resist. But having tea with a friend is a special occasion and worth it. Hope you had a wonderful tea. Take care:)

  5. Very lovely! I believe that the sticky toffee pudding won a contest for an ice cream flavor - Ben & Jerrys - I think - a while back! Love your tea pictures and your celebrating tea with Victoria!
    I truly appreciate you,

  6. Hello my friend,
    What a lovely spot The Princely Pear must be! How wonderful it would be to have a cup of tea there with you. The Sticky Date Pudding looks like the one I make. In fact I'm going to be making it for my son and his family when they come home in a couple of weeks. Lovely post, as always. Wishing you a delightful week.


  7. Tea is nice. That dessert is KILLER! Wish I had some--Jacqueline

  8. Hi: Love the tea cup and the dessert looks mouth watering. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  9. What a lovely place to go for tea and yummy deserts too! like you all get different TC&S very nice means you can nosey at all the tables lol can you buy from those magazines? or are they just old mags to drule over?

    Love Dawn xx

  10. Tea is more fun with a friend,isn't it? What a great place for tea and I like the idea of each patron with a different cup and saucer. Fun! And the goodies!! Oh, my!!!!!

  11. That is wonderful,what a fun place.
    Sweet Blessings,

  12. What a nice place to share tea with a friend. A very pretty little teapot and cup and saucer. The toffee pudding looks delightful and decadent! Give Topaz a kiss for me. I love that sweet little face!
    Blessings, Beth

  13. How I wish there is something like that around here. Maybe I should start one, lol. The cake looks so good and the tea pot and cups are so lovely!...Christine

  14. What a Lovely place to spend visiting with treasured friends. How luck you are. to have such a place close by.
    The teacup and saucer was stunning - such vibrant colors - to match the pot.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Oh how pretty! And I never get tired of looking at all of your lavender pictures! So soothing!!!
    Blessings, Doni

  16. Having different mis-matched teacups and saucers is a brilliant idea. What a lovely day you had and what a lovely toffee dessert you shared with us! Yummo

  17. The Monk's Blend (I sell) is from the Metropolitan Tea Company which is Canadian so you should be able to find it there! Lovely post!

  18. That is a lovely tea cup and saucer. And I was so surprised to see the photos of the yellow china, because I just brought home that very same tea pot! I found it at an antique market, it says made in 1995. I will feature it one day on my site.
    Thank you so much for your lovely tea cup post.

  19. Lovely tea cup and saucer and delicious toffee pudding
    Meeting you has been a pleasure

  20. Oh my gosh, that dessert looks so Delicious! Who cares about the calories, lol!! What a wonderful Tea Room; I so wish we had one around here, but sadly we do not.

    Wishing you a Happy "Tea" Tuesday!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  21. Lovely tea setting and desert! I had a look around your fascinating blog, and oh my, the yellow spider babies are incredible to see.

  22. Wonderful post...what a fabulous charming and fun and gorgeous! It all looks awesome!
    Happy tea...thanks for sharing your tea-adventure!Love the name of it too!
    Have a dazzling day!

  23. I love mix and match teacups and places that serve tea and desserts this very way~ The dessert looks to be positively decadent!Oh this looks like a place to bring special friends to for tea and lively ( or genteel) conversation!

  24. I would love that tea shop! Thanks for entering my giveaway today..good luck!

  25. Such a pretty tea setting; I wish we had a place like that near where I live. BTW I'm drinking Earl Grey right now. :-) Enjoyed your dragonfly photos as well.

  26. Oh man, you had me drooling at that desert - it looks amazing.

  27. That dessert is truly an indulgence! We have a favorite tea room here, too, but the specialty is key lime cake. And I well remember those photos from Victoria – I adore chintzware! Thanks for the lovely tea, Judith! – g


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