Monday, June 11, 2012

Tea - Basically British

On Friday of last week I met up with two very dear friends for afternoon tea at a wonderful tea house called Basically British. We had a wonderful afternoon catching up, enjoying a delicious lunch and being together again.

I seldom take many pictures at a tea house because it is disruptive to us as well as the other patrons. Here are a few, however, to share of our delightful teatime together.







My favorites were the orange scone and the vichyssoise!


(We warned him we'd be there a long while visiting.)

You get a bit of a glimpse of my mint green hat in the above pic.
I nearly always wear a hat, gloves and dress or skirt when taking afternoon tea.

We drank a pot of Earl Grey Lavender, White Peach, a Chocolate tea I think (forget name)
and Black Current teas.

Ah- don't you just love using pretty china?



"Basically" a wonderful day with wonderful friends!

Happy Tea Tuesday!

Added note dated 8/16/12 from Basically British:


When you love what you do, and the people you spend time with, it's ever-so-tempting to keep things exactly as they are. But inevitably, life continues to move on around us, and sometimes it's necessary to move out of our comfort zone back into the mainstream of life, with all its complexities.

Knowing our lease would need renewing at the end of August, we first avoided thinking about it, but as the time grew near, realized that we had to decide between extending our commitment into our golden years, or perhaps exploring what other options life has to offer. So, after days and weeks of debate, we have decided to close Basically British at the end of this month. We regret that this will be totally unexpected news to many of our customers, but the last-minute notification is simply emblematic of how difficult this decision has been. We thank everyone who has supported us and given us so much encouragement over the years.

From our beginning as a vendor at the Second Street Market, to the loyalty and enthusiasm we have been so fortunate to enjoy in the tearoom, we have met wonderful people and made many new friends whom we value greatly. As sad as we are, we have a treasure-trove of memories to which each of you has contributed. Our hope is that you also will take with you many pleasant memories of Basically British.
terry Signature Vicki Signature



  1. That looks lovely! We have a pretty tea room here that I've always hoped to take the girls to....maybe when they outgrow the teen years!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  2. Oh, my! What a lovely place to have tea ... great name too ... Basically British! The teas sound delicious and the goodies -- yummmy! Good for you with the hat and gloves!

  3. Good afternoon Michele,
    What a lovely tea room and I just know you all had a splendid time! The teacups are beautiful and the food looks fabulous! Your proprietor looks very dapper. I would LOVE to have seen a picture of you in your pretty green hat! I adore hats! Fabulous! and thank you for sharing your tea with us today. I've enjoyed it immensely. Have a delightful day, my friend.

    Blessings & hugs,

  4. What a delightful time Michele, thanks for sharing the handsome owner, food and teacups. Now, how about a photo of you with your hat etc. all dolled up? I see Sandi was hoping for the same.
    Don't you love a formal afternoon tea with friends?

  5. It looks and sounds wonderful, Michele! I only wish I could enjoy a good scone! I could probably have had the crustless quiche though. I'd love to see you in your tea outfit one day! : )

  6. What a great post, Michele! I loved seeing the menu ~ everything sounds so yummy! I'd love to try the orange blossom scone and lemon macarons!
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. What fun, Michele! Thanks for sharing the menu so we can all swoon! The cups of soup look so pretty with the Italian parsley leaf floating on top. The teacups are gorgeous and love the tea cozies, too.

  8. Beautiful post, Michele! I love your hat! You definitely had tea in style.

  9. Oh I am so jealous! I have never been to a tea room. I don't think there are any around here. Looks like you had a great time!

  10. Wonderful! I am so glad you had such a lovely time! Thanks for would be a perfect addition to my Tuesday Cuppa Tea link up!

  11. Oh, this looks divine. I have a favorite tea room that I like to visit in Lexington and they always have the best sconces. Lucky you with the vichyssoise!

  12. I don't think tea rooms exist here. I too would like to see a picture of you in your hat and gloves. What a great get together!!

  13. What a great looking tea, so delicious. The Tea cups are lovely and I love seeing pictures of the tea room and also like everyone else would love to see you in your hat. Looked very pretty from what we could see. Thank you for sharing...

  14. Wow everything looks so beautiful. I love the tea cups and the pots look so beautiful in their jackets :-)

    Jocelyn @

  15. Oh my gosh Michele, what an awesome post.. simply divine.
    your photos are lovely ..can just make out your hat. How traditionally English to wear a hat to tea.
    The menu is so super. So wish i could go have tea there..
    The cups look hand painted, so very nice.
    thanks Michelle I enjoyed this lovely post

  16. How lovely and such a delightful place to visit especially with friends!
    Love the tradition of afternoon tea... the tea cosies, gorgeous china and the delicious food! So glad you took some photos & your charming English proprietor didn't seem to mind!
    x Kerry

  17. looks like a charming place to visit--cute teas cozies!

  18. I am glad you brought your camera! Everything at Basically British looks fab including your cute little Brit owner with the charming smile. The food looked scrumptious and yes! of course, we love to drink out of pretty cups. Makes everything taste better. You enjoyed a great day.
    Ruthie at

  19. Hi Michele!
    Very pretty post. The tearoom was so charming and I love the pretty teacups especially the second one.

  20. Oh, this is wonderful! I am not more than 1 1/2 - 2 hours from Dayton and have friends who live there (long overdue for us to visit). Never knew of this tea house, but they can expect to receive a visit from me soon. Looks like you had a delightful time. Cheers!

  21. What a fun afternoon with friends! The place looks wonderful and so many yummy treats! Sounds like it was a perfect time!

  22. Very cute teacups. I find it with lilac and lily of the valley is lovely. The menu seems to contain dangerously tasty dishes. So cute with the different colors of tea heaters. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  23. Hi Michele,

    What a wonderful afternoon with tea and friends! Gorgeous teacups and I bet the tea tasted delightful. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

  24. Hello Michelle,
    What a lovely tea time you had with your friends! The tea cups are very pretty, and all the food looks scrumptious! The soup really caught my eye...are those Lovage leaves as garnish! Yum!
    I am delighted to hear you wear a hat and gloves to tea! I think I may follow in your footsteps and do that as well, it sounds perfect!

  25. Michele,
    I had to pop over when I read the comment you left on Karianne's blog! I can't believe you were thinking Born to Run when you saw the writing on my plate! Life is full of little coincidences and I'd love to hear your story of why those lyrics mean so much to you.

    And I love that you take time to have tea dress up, don a hat and enjoy a day with friends.

  26. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and how fun to dress for the occasion!

  27. I wish I lived in Englad....about 100 years ago. And I wish I had a butler and I wish I had tea every afternoon. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day.

  28. This looks like a fun tea house! That tray of goodies, YUM! What a great way to while away an afternoon with friends. Glad you got off a few snapshots!

  29. I am so jealous! What a wonderful time you all must have had. Michele when I come back to visit we must go there. The food looks SO good. Am so glad you did get some photos and your hat looks gorgeous!!! The whole event sounds absolutely marvelous!!!!


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