Monday, July 2, 2012

Yes, with a spot of milk please!




Dress: Forever21
Shoes: Old (Similar shoes on sale at ALDO)

I have a soft spot for small entrepreneurs, cute cafes, local boutiques, and, hole in the wall food meccas. I will now be extending my support by featuring them on my blog. The minute I heard about English Rose Tea Room from a boutique owner at a fashion event, I knew I HAD to go there. I came back home, looked it up online, and, made reservations even before I checked where it was located! However, the hour long drive was worth it.



We spotted the tea room thanks to the flowing curtains, hanging potted plants, the British flags and of course, the tea cup chandeliers! Soon I met with the owner, Jo Gemmill, a lovely Englishwoman, who not only runs the traditional English tea room but also, a store next door where she sells European antiques. Hailing from Hampshire in the South of England, Jo grew up amidst rolling hills, and, ancient castles. Picture perfect views were something she would wake up to every morning, and, a piece of that is what she has tried to create in this tranquil oasis.  


Jo Gemmill


The Patio

The tea-pot chadelier

We were browsing the store filled with gorgeous pieces of jewelry, antique porcelain tableware, quirky signs, pretty chandeliers, and, had to be nudged more than once to take our seats for tea. Little did we know the tea room next door is merely an extension of the gift shop, quite literally.

 The gift shop

 Cozy Corners

 Pretty table lamps

Tea pot to go with your dress, anyone?

 The necklace I fell for!

The display of unique collectables continued into the tea room where I could wait for hours for a table (which you may have to, unless you make a reservation), and, not get bored. How can one get bored with so much to take in?

The entrace to the tea room

Soon, we were seated in the cozy tea room where it took us five whole minutes to look into the menu. We were lost admiring the corset backed chair covers, glass chandeliers, the exquisite tea cups on our table, the beaded table lamp on every table, and, the adorable paintings of dogs, by a local artist, adorning the walls.

 More cozy corners

The formal afternoon tea is served alongside a three tiered cake stand filled with tea sandwiches, scones, and, Petit Fours. We saved this for another day, but, caught the lovely waitress on her way to another table for a picture.

The three tiered cake stand

A quick debate in my head between the English pie, and, soup with assorted tea sandwiches ended in favor of the soup and sandwiches. The cold cucumber soup didn’t have to try hard to please me in the 100 degree afternoon, and, the tea sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, chicken and cucumber make me want to go back.

 Effort was put into every detail on the table

 Soup and tea sandwiches

We had the Paris tea, whose mild fruity notes were an absolute delight. Jo even has a trunk full of hats that you could wear while you are sipping your tea. I chose this pretty straw hat with pastel roses.

The hat with pastel roses

The Tea

On our way out, we bought some loose tea, tea time accessories, and, some postcards, and we promised to return. Why wouldn’t we? This time on a Monday, or a Thursday afternoon when the Tea Reader visits. What better than listening to what the future holds for you, while sipping on a wonderful cup of tea?

Go for the tranquility, go for the great food, go for the wonderful teas, but most of all go to feel like a Queen!







84 comments:

  1. OMG I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT PLACE!!! <3<3<3<3<3

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  2. Love the dress. You look great!
    Check out my blog and follow me maybe.? :)
    xx

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  3. I love your blog, is great! follow each other??? let me now ok!
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    1. Thank you! Will check out your blog soon.

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  4. your dress is awesome!!! i love it ...
    really great pictures <3
    Ivy
    http://manhattanfashionstoryingermany.blogspot.de/

    :-)

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  5. Wow it is indeed beautiful. Everything is so lovely and delicate. Your outfit is just perfect with the surroundings, and it looks like it was a fantastic tea party =)

    Anna @ FEED ME NANA xoxo

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    1. Thanks! I am glad I saved this outfit for this place :)

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  6. Beautiful dress!

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  7. Thanks for dropping by my blog the other day and for leaving your sweet feedback in my post.
    You are looking very pretty in this vintage inspired outfit ! I love tea { with cup cakes and cookies }as well but unfortunately, where I live in India, there are no English Tearooms. I would love to visit one. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs.

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    1. You are welcome. Look around and you may find one. I was a big fan of Tea Centre in Bombay. The teas were great, but, pretty it wasn't meant to be!

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  8. Wow Ramya I simply love your dress! You are looking gorgeous!

    Following your blog via GFC!

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    1. Thanks! I shall look at your blog for sure.

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  9. such a lovely place! and that dotted dress is adorably sweet!

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  10. The tea room looks SO gorgeous! Your polka dot dress is adorable and is really fitting for an afternoon tea :) I'm a new follower!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  11. a beautiful dress! perfect for tea =)

    wanna follow each other?
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  12. You looks so pretty in your polka dot dress! The setting is so cute and food.. looks so yum! Great post! xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  13. Amazing pictures! The firts dress is really adorable, i like it!

    xoxo,
    Vicky.

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  14. OMG, this tea place looks adorable! I have a weakness for places like that myself! I love the teacup chandelier...and your outfit is perfect for such an outing...very cute!

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    1. Thank you so much! It sure is an adorable place. Transforms you to a different era :)

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  15. This looks SO gorgeous! These photos make me feel like I was stepping into this fantasy with you! how amazing! :) You are so pretty too! Are you Indian?

    I am your NEWEST FOLLOWER via GFC! I hope you can come visit my blog too and let me know what you think- I am always looking to improve. I hope you can follow me back now too! HUGS from USA!

    God bless,
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    1. Thnak you, Christine! I am from India. I shall visit your blog for sure.

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  16. Nice post !

    Love your outfit so much !!!

    You look amazing ! :)

    Just stopped by your blog !
    Loved it instantly so I have no choice but to follow you around !!

    Please feel free to check out my blog if you have the time

    Love,

    Janice
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    1. Thank you so much! I shall check your blog out.

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  17. What a fabulous shop! That dress of your is so so sweet and especially love the red ribbon tie, works beautifully!

    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY where Fashion and Food collide! :
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  18. I am mesmerised by this interrior~! It's so unique and cute~! )
    And your red bow is gorgeous~! )


    Olga
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    1. Thanks, Olga! It is adorable indeed :)

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  19. The dress fits perfectly! A love the idea of a tea part, so elegant.

    xo
    Alison

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    1. Thanks, Alison! Those tea cups reminded me of you :)

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  20. it looks so quaint!! i went to a tea room with my friend when we were younger and we just ate all the sugar cubes! haha but they had the most amazing hot chocolate ever!! i love your dress too, it could not be more perfect for tea :D

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! It is very quaint. Perfect for a summer afternoon. Takes you back in time.

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  21. Oh my goodness! Ramya this place is amazing, love the concept how it is both a shop and a place to have tea. Your dress is gorgeous, I love the style, and the bow!

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    1. Thanks! It is a nice concept - especially, because both are great!

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  22. Lovely Pictures Ramya....and ur outfit is just perfect...its good to c nice Indian Fashion Bloggers.

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  23. WOW>>can any place be more adorable than this!! Love ur dress and Jo's tunic/blouse!! And I need this notice plate in my kitchen! LOL! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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    1. Thanks! Jo's tunic is from Chicos - just in case you wanted to know. I liked it too :)

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  24. The place looks great! I love the pop of colour you have against your polka dot dress. So cute!

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  25. What a gorgeous place!! I just love places like that!! And you looked so lovely in your polka dot dress!!
    :)
    Allison
    A's Fashion Files
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  26. Its such a great mix of dots.I would say very vibrant...I want one like this and the belt is Icing on the cake. Superb.. mind blowing pictures...loved em.
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  27. That dress is absolutely stunning and the plain white shoes really top it all off. stunning pictures.

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  28. the polka dot dress looks so cute on you! <3 i love the picture of the hanging tea pots too cC:

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    1. Thank you! I thought the tea pot-cup chandelier was very unique too :)

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  29. so lovely ! <3
    xx
    http://maybe-not2day.blogspot.com

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  30. I love your blog!!!^^
    perfect look ;)

    xoxo

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  31. beautiful post love it
    you have very interesting blog
    follow back please
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  32. I totally adore this look soo much! :D the polka dot dress is so cute and I really like how you paired it with white kitten heels. love your blog, just started following you :)

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    1. Thanks! Love these heels, they are comfy too :)

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  33. VERY NICE DRESS!
    you are so pretty

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  34. This is ADORABLE! And I LOVE the necklace!!!!!

    - Shreya

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  35. Your dress is so stunning. You look AMAZING. Fabulous post, love. I've got a new outfit post. If you get a sec I'd love to hear your thoughts. xo

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  36. That is the cutest place ever! It would make a great place to have lunch with all your girlfriends. Adore your dress, it's perfect for tea.

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    1. Thank you! It is indeed the perfect place for a girls afternoon out!

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  37. amazing photos, looking fab, this is my first time on your blog and I love it
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  38. You take amazing pictures, I absolutely love your dress and the context you wore it in is absolutely perfect :D

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  39. Hi pretty girl :)
    LOVE your cute dress! Gorgeous pics!
    Follow you right now. You have a great blog!

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  40. Unas fotos preciosas, que tienda más bonita. Tu look para ir a la tienda me encanta, te queda genial!!!

    No te conocía, por lo que te sigo desde ya :).

    Un besito

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  41. the most adorable gorgeous pictures, I want everything in that room and I love your dress and shoes.

    I look forward in hearing from you.
    I think you are following me, if not, would be nice if you could, would remind me to comment often

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    Jatinda
    xx

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  42. This is a great look! Following!

    xoxo,

    Allie

    www.sparklesandstilettos.blogspot.com

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  43. That dress is so pretty! <3


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  44. Wow that place looks amazing! And that dress is very cute!

    X

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  45. What a beautiful spot. I would love to take all of my closest girlfriends there. It seems so peaceful and serene.

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    Hope to see you there, and thank you!

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  47. I just found your blog today and I really enjoy it!!

    I blogged on this exact same dress a few weeks ago. I love it!

    I've given you a blogger award!

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    xo
    Jen

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  48. Your outfit is so adorable and goes well with the theme of the post! I love the pink bow!

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