If you've never heard me talk about the British tradition of cream tea, count yourself lucky - I can go on for hours.
I'll be concise, I promise. Tea time is a quintessentially British affair that was one of the first meals I was exposed to during my year abroad in England. My favorite combination was cream tea, which involves tea and scones served with clotted cream and jam. If you've never had clotted cream, please try it as soon as possible! It's name is pretty appropriate - it's a thick cream that you spread across freshly baked, buttery scones (the British equivalent of scones look more like American biscuits than anything else, just to give you an idea) with sweet jam, usually strawberry. And it's all brought together by your choice of (typically) loose leafed tea. The Rose
, in Oxford, became a staple of my time in England. I met friends for tea weekly, after and in between classes. It's a small space, but the staff is friendly and the food is always fresh. The flavors of tea are also superb - my personal favorite was a vanilla tea that I loved so much, I asked them where they got it from. Turns out, Cardews & Co.
sells it right over in the Covered Market
If you ever visit Oxford, visit The Rose
. It's dear to my heart and also a wonderful introduction to tea time in England.Have you had scones and clotted cream before? Where?