Sunday, November 21, 2010

Field Trip: Parkers UK Connection

A few weeks ago a good friend and I took a little field trip to a lovely little spot that serves a lovely spot of tea.

Upon arriving at Parkers UK Connection , a tea house that is quite literally a converted house, we were greeted by the owners and ushered into the tea room. We were the only customers as it was quite near closing time, but you would not have known closing time was so emminent from the fine greeting we received.

Pictured above is the very pretty table arrangement including fresh cut flowers and charming sugar bowl.

The excessively obliging hostess (Mrs. Parker to be precise) suggested I try the beans on toast and offered to include a baby greens salad with vin to round out the meal. I have wanted to try this inherently UK dish for ages, but was hesitant to say the least. It was surprisingly good! And doesn't it look adorable:

In the background of the above picture my tea bag is in its proper place. Resting peacefully on its own little plate. Very cute indeed!

My field trip companion wanted the full "English Tea" experience, so she accepted the suggestion that she have the Afternoon Tea. This includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, tea pastries, 2 freshly baked scones, clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. It was wonderfully arranged on a three-tiered serving tray. She yummed everything she was able to try, but that was not much because there was too much to finish it all. Beautiful!

We sat and chatted and enjoyed our tea and sumptuals as our tea pot was continually filled with hot water and our tea bags were oft refreshed. Before we left we took a stroll through the shop and made mental shopping list for our return trip. Their shop features imports from the UK that will allow you to recreate the experience at home.

Final Verdict:

Walk, run, or crawl to this adorable little shop and tea room! My tea cup runneth over with delight! And please be sure to check out the "Shop" portion of Parkers UK Connection.

Parker's UK Connection - British Grocery & Tea Room
81 Robbins Station Rd,
North Huntingdon PA 15642
(724) 382-4389

And because I really wanted to bring this home with me, but I didn't here is another shot of my teacup:

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