like we needed an excuse for another one..
01.04.2012 - 01.04.2012
I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but this is completely serious; despite having been on the ship for nearly a month now, we have only just recently discovered a whole other set of meals on the boat: Afternoon Tea. Initially having written it off as a silly English thing, it wasn’t until a few days ago that we decided to indulge Owen’s English Heritage and join him for Afternoon Tea. It was greater than we could’ve imagined and, since it’s an English ship, they do it full out. So first off, there are three different options; 3-4pm Informal Afternoon Tea (help yourself buffet), 4-5pm Formal Afternoon Tea and 5-6pm is Kids’ tea time (loose phrase, I’m sure we could join).
The Formal Afternoon Tea is what we first opted for, down in one of the main restaurants. Once escorted to a table, the waiters come around to fill your cups with tea, drop off a stack of pastries (cookies, éclairs and pastries) and provide large bowls of clotted cream. They come back a few minutes later to take your hot crumpet order, and ensure that more waiters come by laden with scones and sandwiches (that have had the crust sliced off the bread) to drop off. Heaven forbid you get bored or hungry before the crumpets arrive. This was my first experience with crumpets and let me tell you, they were surprisingly delicious, I would even go so far as to say I’m a fan. As far as I can tell, it’s a successful cross between the English Muffin and the pancake, having taken the best attributes from each; soft consistency and hint of the sweetness of a pancake with the unique flavor of an English Muffin. Game-Changer, that one.
We later tried the buffet Afternoon Tea, but since it had everything but the crumpets, there wasn’t too much reason to go back there instead of the formal one.
Sorry, we were always too busy eating to take any pictures…