A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, A Macdonald's In Bath, UK? What would Jane Austen say???

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! So glad you could join me and the other wonderful blogs listed below for a tea related blog party! The list of blogs and the linky for you to join the party are at the end of the post...which has turned out to be a bit long! I have so much to share with you today!

I have a Royal Albert Crown China, England cup and saucer for today. The pattern is not named, and is not in any of the pattern references that I have. I even checked with a couple of RA specialists, and they don't know either, except it's a variation of the Primrose pattern but in panels. 

The Royal Crown China is an early mark of Royal Albert which was made by Thomas Wild. The mark dates the teacup to the 1920-1930s, when they changed to Royal Albert. I really love the elegant and cheerful pattern. For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I like so-called English village mysteries, or Cozies as they are sometimes called. I was reading on yesterday which reminded me of something from our last visit to the city of Bath, England.

The book is The Only Good Lawyer by Hazel Holt and features Mrs. Malory, the widow of a barrister in the village of Taviscombe.  Quite a bit takes place in the city of Bath which is always a favorite place of ours to visit.  Closely associated with Jane Austen, the city of Bath with it's Roman roots and Georgian crescents is a photographer's dream.

This is the weir by the Pultney Bridge on the river Avon which runs through Bath.  One of our favorite photo ops.

Even if the weather isn't always sunny...it IS England, you know!
I recently read a travel diary of an ex pat Brit who lives in So California. She loves coming and visiting the far west of the Olympic Peninsula Hoh rain forest and small town of Forks (of Twilight fame) because she said the rain, mist and greenness of the rain forest there reminds her of what she misses of England in California!

This is a Georgian Crescent. Built during the rain of George III and George IV in the Regency period depicted in Jane Austen's books.

One of our favorite landmarks for tea in Bath is Sally Lunn's by Pultney Bridge.

Sally Lunn's is famous for her soft, slightly sweet Sally Lunn bun which we often have.

This is a split Sally Lunn with clotted cream and lemon curd, and below is Sally Lunn's with jam and clotted cream from 2 of our visits.

Another famous place in Bath with great tea opportunities is the famous Roman Baths and Pump Room. The hot, spring fed mineral baths were first built by the Romans. By the Regency they were reputed to heal all manner of ills and were visited to bathe or drink the waters...which are quite nasty sulphurous and bitter to taste. 

The pump Room became a place for the quality to meet, flirt and make plans for social engagements. You had to be approved before you could be introduced to other members and before you could be invited to attend the social gatherings by the Master Of Ceremonies. There is a great example of this in the movie version of Persuasion with Anne Elliott and Lady Russell promenading in the Pump Room.

This is one of the decorative fountains providing the mineral water. The spouts are fish.  We tried it the first visit, but not again. Like our first visit to Ashland, Oregon and their  mineral springs, one taste is quite enough, thank you!

The Pump Room has a wonderful tea service. The only drawback, is it is quite busy during tourist season, and with the wood floors and stone walls is actually quite noisy. The acoustics are wonderful for the concerts given in the evenings though. Here is a Pump Room Afternoon Tea server. We couldn't eat it all! But is was excellent!

Now that you have a feel for Bath, you will understand my joy in coming across this quote from the mystery novel above, pictured at the top of the post. Betcha thought I'd forgotten!!!!

"Oh, do look, David! There's a MacDonald's here now! All done up in the local stone, but definitely a hamburger joint, here in Bath. What WOULD Jane Austen have said? Or her characters? Think how sarcastic Mr. Knightley would have been, or Mr. Darcy!"
"Oh, but think," David replied, "how Lydia and Kitty Bennett would have loved it! Hanging out at MacDonald's would have been so much more fun than trailing into Merryton to catch a glimpse of the militia!"

I hope you will join the wonderful blogs below, especially Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Anne Of Green Gables Tea on July 9th.

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea With Friends
Celia ~ http://attitudeivlife.blogspot.com/  Afternoon Tea
 Tuesday Teatime 
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday


  1. I found this post very interesting and love your photos of your trip to Bath. We were there in '92 but missed most of the things you shared. I am doing a post of our trip shortly so watch for it. The teacup is very pretty. Oh, there is a Macdonalds we went to in an ancient building but it wasn't Bath. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Ruth, I REALLY like your primrose cup and saucer-so different. Your posts are just so interesting and delightful. Thanks so much for being such a faithful visitor to my humble little blog. I've been so busy, just haven't been blogging much.
    love, Linda

  3. Hi! Your teacup is so pretty! And what great photos. Well, at least they incorporated the McDonalds to look nice but, I bet it seems odd to have it there! thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day!

  4. Wow, what a great post. The Sally Lunn looks so delicious. Ha, ha loved the thoughts of Jane Austen :-)

    Jocelyn @

  5. Hi Ruth,

    What a wonderful post! Royal Albert is one of my favorites and yours is so unique and beautiful. I want to thank you for your friendship and for stopping to visit me each week.

  6. At least the McDonalds was done tastefully to blend in with the surroundings.
    The Sally Lunn bun does look tasty and look at all the goodies from your tea at the Pump Room!
    Thanks for hosting Ruth.

  7. Hi Ruth,
    Your teacup is very pretty and wonderful photos you have shared today! Thanks for coming by for my Anne Tea and I appreciate your lovely comment. Enjoy your day.


  8. Beautiful Royal Albert cup. I love green and yellow! And a trip to Bath! Fun post! Happy Tea Day!

  9. Hi Ruth, Your tea cup is a beauty! I enjoyed seeing your pictures from England, and the Sally Lunn buns look great.

  10. Your paneled primrose cup is now my new favorite. Shhh...don't tell the cups that live with me.

    Bath looks as lovely as I always imagined it would. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

  11. Oh my goodness me, what a lovely post! I adore Bath-I went there for my 20th birthday and plan to visit again for the Christmas market :-) Thank you for sharing your photos. I have linked up my tea party inspiration post.


  12. I like the way the McDonalds doesn't look like a McDonalds. I love your teacup thank you for sharing.

  13. The teacup is divine! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from A Delightsome Life. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-5.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. I love the post on Bath! Too bad about the McDonalds!

  15. A great post. You are quite correct Kitty would have loved visiting the MacDonalds!

  16. A great post & I think you are right Kitty would have loved the MacDonalds.

  17. I loved your tour of Bath, England! We recently watched 'Amazing Grace' the story of John Wilberforce - the scenes in Bath were beautiful! I love your teacup - it has a gorgeous pattern! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  18. Hi Ruth,
    I don't know how I skipped your tea post this week... until now!
    It was probably because you published it earlier this time...
    But here I am enjoying the beauty of your tea cup and superb photos of Bath, a city I'm looking forward to visiting next time I travel to England.

  19. I long to visit Bath. *sigh* I'd skip the McDs. ;)

  20. I love your tea cup and saucer. The pattern and colors are amazing. I was lucky enough to visit Bath a few years ago-- it's such a beautiful city. After reading your post, I wish I could jump on a plane and return! ~Thanks for sharing, Michelle

  21. Hi Ruth,
    I loved your tour of Bath, England. Beautiful photo's! Your Royal Albert tea cup is beautiful. I love the yellow flowers and shape of your teacup. Thanks for your lovely comment. Have a wonderful week.

  22. I love your teacup. I need to get a yellow one in honor of my Mom (yellow was her favorite color.) The pictures of Bath are delightful! McDonalds is everywhere now!
    Hugs, Cindy

  23. Hello Ruth, I adore your post today! First off, I love primroses, and the second I saw your cup I was hoping it was true...they are primroses! I love the shape too, it looks so "vintage".
    I have been to Bath and seen some of the places you have shared, but never to the oldest house in Bath! Sally Lunn's looks fab! Maybe next time I am there I will go and see.
    Btw, I did get a glass of the spa water at the Pump room....it did not taste good to me! Did you try it as well and did you like it?

  24. Hello Ruth, thanks for taking us to Bath!
    What a wonderful place.
    I've only seen it on the telly but would love to visit some day.
    My hubby and I love Georgian architecture too, and your photos are a real treat so see!
    Your primrose teacup is so pretty and cheerful and just makes me smile :-)
    Thanks so much for linking up to Heart & Home.
    Have a lovely week..Trish xx

  25. Hello!
    Thank you for hosting. LOVE visiting your blog and seeing the wonderful teacups, food and photos of interesting places. Mm, the lemon curd looks delicious. I hope to visit the UK someday.


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