Afternoon Tea with Cllr Marcia Hill & Beloved Consort Mr Hill at Hestercombe House & Gardens, Taunton, Somerset!
I’ve been utterly immersed with excitement since my last visit to the green rippling countryside of Somersetshire, “Ooh arr, Ooh arr!” I hear you bellow with sheer delight! Oh, and please note, this is the archaic name for such a spiffing snippet of the West-Country, which is simply known in this day and age as Somerset!
So, darlings, please join the gaiety for a merry jaunt down memory lane, then a bimble into the present, whilst I reveal many humorous and riveting titbits about Taunton Deane’s very own, illustrious, dynamic duo – Mr & Mrs Hill.
Who I recently joined for a scrumptious spot of afternoon tea in The Column Room at Hestercombe House, which is pleasantly plonked within the parish of West Monkton, and beautifully nestled on the Quantock Hills, near Taunton, Somerset.
First off, my apologies for the slight delay in publishing my frightfully spiffing experience about Somerset Day, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton – which took place at the village hall on Saturday 12th May.
“But what the heck is Somerset Day?” I hear you utter! Well, it’s a DAY that celebrates Somerset as a place to live, work or play – Hear, hear! In fact, you’ll be pleased to know that this wonderful event raised money for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and Greenway Community Hall – round of applause, please!
Before I saturate your taste-buds with my ‘tea-tastic’ review about Miles Berry Berry Loose Leaf Tea - merchants of the finest tea and coffee from the West-Country since 1888 - I wish to share a few riveting details about how I spent my first ever British National Tea Day.
Well, I dare say, it was a real blast! In fact, it was a joint celebration of the regal and tea drinking kind, as our darling sovereign - Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 years old – GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!
Following my frightfully fabulous scone munching, tea tasting experience at Mr Miles Tearooms, Taunton, Somerset; I became rather enamoured with Miles West-Country Original Blend Tea. But I dare say, although I’m a West-Country lass at heart, my new ‘amour’ was a match made in heaven! Thus, this heavenly taste sensation is now part of my daily tea break routine – “Oh, jolly good,” I hear you utter!
Mr Miles Tearooms, 3-4 High Street, Taunton, Somerset – What a ‘gem’ of a find!
I must say, following my scone munching, tea tasting visit I decided to showcase my review via my shiny new website, and, to be part of the gaiety on British National Tea Day – so here it is!
Darlings, many moons ago I stumbled across this rather enchanting, traditional, tea and coffee parlour which oozes the timeless flavour of a bygone era – a honey-pot for ‘ladies who lunch’, afternoon tea for tourists, cream tea for the locals, or just a mere cup of Miles Smugglers Gold Tea will do for the poor commoner – a menu to suit ALL patrons!
One must say, it feels like an age since our last culinary rendezvous! But fear not, Miss Windsor has returned to flurry upon you exciting news about the discovery of a remarkable, handwritten cookbook from 1793 that originated from Begbrook House (Frenchay) Bristol, England , not too far from Miss Windsor's hometown of Backwell.
But, according to the local and national press, this extraordinary ‘slice’ of Bristol’s culinary past – the Begbrook Kitchen Library, could possibly contain the oldest recipe for an English CHICKEN CURRY – Well, let’s see about that!