Saturday, 7 April 2012

Second Annual Tea Potter

I got this lovely book for my birthday.  Well, sort of.  A friend lent it to me and I refused to give it back, so it became a birthday present.  And then we used it to plan the second annual tea potter.  (The first annual Tea Potter can be found here...

So what's a tea potter?  Think a pub crawl then take out the beer and pubs and add in tea and cake.  Sorted.  All you need are some good tea-and-cake venues (see the book above), some friends (see below) and an almost unquenchable hunger and thirst.

The aforementioned friends.

The aforementioned cake.  In this case, warm gooey banana bread.  Recommended :D

I muddled work friends, Guiding friends and uni friends altogether. Social experiment success!!!

Observe the classy Britishness of tea drinking.  Actually, vanilla chai in this instance.

The requisite posing of the book in the tea shop it describes.

Work friend is at pains to point out that she is not, in fact, friends with me, but simply came for the cake. I am, as always, oblivious.

And then I discovered a mirror in which I could take my own picture.

Multiple times.

And finally we fetched up at a little tea shop in Soho where I ordered six cakes at random and we operated a mad-hatter style rotation system, except the cake moved around instead of the guests.

In sharing this, I immediately think of umpteen (give or take) stories I want to tell about the day.  Which is fine because I took unnecessary quantities of photos and fully intend to make unnecessary quantities of scrapbook pages.  Plus one of my new ambitions is to visit every place in the book, so expect upcoming reviews.

And so now I am 25.  Crazy times :D

Kisses xxx

P.S. Roll on the third annual tea potter!  Spread the word!


  1. You could use one of the stories for storytelling sunday. Thank you for explaining about a Tea Potter. I am going to suggest that one of our Saturday expeditions with my cousin is a Tea Potter.

  2. Work friend would like to point out that she is not, in fact, a work friend, but more technically is a colleague. Work friend does not have friends...


  3. I can't believe it's been a year since your last Tea Potter, where we all first learnt what one was! So how many tea shops did you visit this year?!

  4. One of the things I miss about the UK is tea & cake shops! The Spanish are not a nation of bakers:(
    Alison xx

  5. Looks like you had a great time, I really love the idea of the whole thing, sounds fab :) Looking forward to seeing the stories and photos on pages :)

  6. Such a great idea. I could easily spend a happy day on and Tea and Cake (and Bookshop) crawl. :)

  7. This sounds like so much fun (and I just went back and read about the first one which sounded just as good, if not better - hello? A teacup of sherbet!) Maybe I could start up the Birmingham Branch of Tea Pottering?!..

  8. OOoooooooo that sounds so cool! Much better than a pub crawl, mainly coz it involves cake :-)

  9. Sounds a lovely way to spend a day! I love tea and cake - not sure which I love most. What is the book that you have? I'd love to get a copy! My favourite tea in London is at Browns. I've whiled many an afternoon away there....

  10. What a brilliant idea! I have a few friends who immediately spring to mind, might have to organise my own Tea Potter(banana bread would definitely be on my list, too!) :) Happy Birthday!

  11. I never thought much of chai - and judging by the tongue pulling, I'm guessing you don't either. Far too sweet for me. Now, cake. That's a different story.

  12. apart from the random amount of cake and tea which makes we jealous of not only ur life but ur figure, i am most impressed by the lone man in your female heavy group and feel he deserves a shout-out for coping with squealing girlies enjoying cute and yummy things. go miss smith's man friend, he rocks,
    jo xxx

    ps when can we come?!

  13. And you are absolutely certain that there was no alcohol involved???? May I put it to you m'lud that the human bladder is not designed to consume such large quantities of liquid without the anaesthetic properties of alcohol to numb the senses.

  14. What a brilliant idea and looks as though you had great fun

  15. Love this post! What a cool idea!!!!