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Polesden Lacey

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The walled garden at Polesden Lacey.

The walled garden at Polesden Lacey.

So on Sunday we all trooped off to Polesden Lacey. It was apple day, which meant things were crazy busy and we had to queue for ages to get our lunch and some tea. The tea I chose was Darjeeling (Taylors of Harrogate, part of the same company as the Bettys tearooms. Have you ever been to Bettys? Go to Bettys. ) but then family ordered National Trust blend and annoyed as this wasn’t listed or displayed as an option. My mum very kindly offered to swap so I could try the blend. I have to say it was very nice, smooth and drinkable.

After food we went round the house and then the walled garden, which was gorgeous. The day was that kind of autumn day that is in films more often than you remember it in real life – crisp and cold but bright sunshine. The house is big and interesting, with some silver teapots on display as well as an old tea caddy.

Teapot? Yes, little metal one but with a proper spout so it didn’t go all over the table.
Leaf tea? Teabag but still a house blend.
Milk jug? No, they used those ridiculous small pots with a stupidly small amount of milk in. Why do they do this? This is surely the most unsustainable way of drinking milk, I think I’m angry enough to write and complain.
Price? £1.50ish, I think.
Cake? The sign said cake, but I didn’t actually see any.
Go again? Yes, but for the house and gardens rather than for the tea.

Author: tealeaves

I like tea and if possible, I'd like it to be loose leaf rooibos in a pot served with milk in a little jug. I'll try and find the places that do this and I'll tell you what they're like. Let me know if you can think of any cafes I haven't covered, I'll get to them if I can.

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