WHAT - The Quintessential British Afternoon Tea
WHERE 📍- @patisserievalerie “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Author Henry James’ words appeared very well chosen for this quintessential culinary experience!
It was the personal taste that was the solitary reason for the origin of afternoon tea. According to the tea folklore, in the 1840s, Anna Russell, the seventh duchess of Bedford suffered hunger throbs at around 4’O clock in the afternoon. And where she lives at that time in the Woburn Abbey, the dinner would not be served until 8pm.
She asked for a pot of freshly brewed tea with cakes & sandwiches.
This was first held quietly in her bed room, but was soon joined in by affluent acquaintances & the practice was then eternalised throughout England.
So much so, that “‘At Half Past Three’, everything stops for tea” be and a national motto of some sorts.
Over the years, tearooms & hotels have co-opted this tradition to offer engaging permutations & combinations of the afternoon tea.
Having said that, I was very keen on trying a sit-down afternoon tea. And there was no place which could do it better than @patisserievalerie.
Alongside their freshly brewed tea, they offered three-tier presentation; which consists of savoury sandwiches & quiches in the first tier (my favourite was the brie-sun blazed tomato sandwich) followed by the scones alongside clotted cream & strawberry-raspberry jam, ending with the most cherished tier - the Patisserie tier; consisting of chocolate éclairs, carrot & walnut slice, mixed berry mousse & double chocolate mousse. I obviously had all the éclairs.
Like they say, it really is an experience. •
A complicated year that is hard on everyone. A year of war.
One sunny afternoon, Lao Menazzi Moretti, deep in thought is out for a stroll around his home town, taking in the streets & squares, taking pictures of little corners & faces he knows & loves.
He has his camera with him & as always is on the lookout for stories to capture.
His attention is caught by a man sitting in a café. A man who has something both timeless yet modern about him. Dressed in a dark green suit, a natural, with a smart hat, an impressive moustache & a face that seems to tell a thousand stories.
As always happens in the kind of encounter that is destined to change your life, he feels like he’s known this man forever.
Lao Moretti approaches the man & asks if he’s willing to have his photograph taken.
Instinctively, because on that sunny afternoon in that difficult year, the man looks like an image of reassuring tranquility worth preserving.
Lao asks if he can give him anything in exchange for the photo. Looking up from under his hat, the man with the moustache smiles, ‘buy me a drink, that’ll be fine.’ And what could it be but a tankard of cool ale?
Another fitting sign of destiny, asking none other than Lao Moretti for a beer. And so it is that while the man with the moustache sips his beer, Lao takes his photograph, capturing the shot destined to be the icon of Moretti Beer for ever more.
The symbol of a sincere direct encounter, for the drink that, more than any other, brings people together. :) •