A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea...Happy Mother's Day! Remembering Tea at Harrod's...Food Court First

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! But first I want to wish all you mothers a Very Happy Mother's Day! I hop it's been very special!

And now...on to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...

I am doing a trip down memory lane today, as I am not sure what I'll be doing with a spate of visitors and visits planned. But I remembered that 3 years ago this week we were in London for our week at the start of our then annual month long buying for Antiques And Teacups and Time Was Antiques and visiting trip in England, and wanted to share one of our favorite venues for tea...both posh and pleb....Harrod's super department store in the Knightsbridge section of London....warning: photo heavy post!!! 

Harrods is a must if you visit London, although we didn't often buy anything among the designer goods upstairs...one year brought back signature Harrods carrier bags as Christmas gifts for everyone....

Most things were beyond our budget....except the Food Hall in the basement!

  There are lots of tea items in this post...but only one teacup...and here it is....

From the posh Georgian Restaurant on the second floor...I am reporting about afternoon tea there next week...but on to the plebian...if you can call it that...Food Halls...an amazing place! These photos are from several different annual visits....and I hope you can get a feel for the place...you will find everything for a meal, a picnic tea or eat in the various eateries and cafe's scattered around....

The scope of the place is amazing...a cavern of gastronomic treats....and so many trained staff with specialties in their areas whether tea, coffee, pastries, meats or any type of delicacy....

All surrounded by marble, mosaics and a fabulous art nouveau vaulted ceiling!   And the wonderful choices! Get ready to drool...you are spoilt for choice, and a quick decision is difficult to find here....

Are you hungry yet???

 There is always a trained staff of tea sommeliers on hand to help you choose the right blend as well....we always planned at least an hour wandering around in the Food Hall, then chose our items and found a table and enjoyed. The place is an experience I hope each and every one of you gets to experience some day. It's one of things that we miss now we can no longer make the trip to England, even though for the last 10 years we had been taking a ship across. But my husband's Parkinson's Disease makes the airplane flight to the east coast from here in Washington state undoable. So our visits home are at an end. But we were blessed to have gone so many times. We are very blessed and very grateful!

Next week, I'll report on our afternoon tea upstairs in the Georgian Restaurant, so I hope you can join me. I'll be including a recipe for Harrod's famous scones!

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


  1. Good Afternoon Ruth, I agree, Harrods is an amazing place. Like you I love the food hall. I had to smile when you said you bought Harrods carrier bags to take home with you as gifts, because we did the same. My mother in law still uses her carrier bag and loves it when people ask when she went to Harrods.... its a good conversation starter.
    Best wishes

  2. I enjoyed reading your post on Harrod's this morning, Ruth, and I'm drooling over all the food that you pictured! I would sooo love to make a trip to England...maybe one day.
    Thank you for hosting and I hope your Mother's Day was wonderful.

  3. Oh my, what a fabulous place to visit, Ruth! One could really spend some time in there and the food is an absolute delight to the eyes! Thanks for giving me a peek and have a lovely day. Enjoy your company.


  4. Oh, your post brings back great memories of my last visit to Harrod's. It's certainly a one of a kind store and experience. I also brought home Harrod's bags, pens and small canisters of teas. I still use one of the oilcloth bags as my lunch carrier for work. Looking forward to your next post about afternoon tea there.

  5. Dearest Ruth, what a glorious place to visit! Thank you so much for sharing the charm with us through your photos.

    I hope you had a joyous Mother's Day, my friend. Love and hugs!

  6. Hi Ruth,
    Wow! I am hungry now after seeing all of those delicious looking treats from Harrods! Mmmm! I have a fear of flying so I may just have to visit your blog instead of visiting England. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Happy Mother's Day! Karen

  7. Great photos of one of the greatest stores in the world. Years ago when we traveled to London we were amazed by the range and volume of products. Wonderful blog.

  8. Love your photos.... Harrod's food court is fantabulous! Great stroll down memory lane! Wish I could go there everyday!! Hoping to visit later this summer.

  9. My closest encounter with Harrods was when I purchased a tin of Harrods tea at one of the airport boutiques during a layover at Heathrow. Seeing your wonderful pictures has made me realized that a proper visit to the Harrods store is a must for any tea lover! Thank you for sharing your photos and hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  10. Harrod's and Fortnum and Mason are what department stores look like in Heaven! I was there (England, not Heaven) just about a year ago celebrating my b'day. This year, I celebrated my b'day last week by having barbecue at a small town here in Georgia. Afterward, I was browsing the local shops and my DH came out of one with some Harrod's tea for me! Funny to find it an antique shop in Georgia!

  11. Hi Ruth: You are so lucky to have been to so many places. Love the tea cup. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  12. How fun to go to Harrod's for tea. Thanks for taking us there.

  13. The world has become a smaller place. You will be able to reminisce with movies, food, and items from England while you are cozy at home. It is simply another chapter in your love story.

  14. Oh my, Harrod's is awesome!!! I hope that someday I get to visit that place or something similar. Nothing like that in a small city like mine... Thanks for sharing. This post really made me hungry. I think I'll prepare a cup of tea to drink now, lol...

  15. Thank you for the tour of Harrod's. I've never been there. One day I will join your tea party. I have a lot of china tea cups. It's the time I need to take photos. And I am retired. imagine....xo

  16. I am going to add this to my Bucket List :-)

  17. Looks like a truly amazing place, Ruth, and how could one decide on which treat(s) to get?! Have a lovely week! Bess

  18. What an elegant teacup. I would love to go to Harrods one day, but it is just slightly far away at the moment.


  19. Hi Ruth, oh how wonderful to see all your beautiful pictures of a place that I would love to see. I don't think I will ever get to travel abroad, but I delight in having you take me there via your blog! My mouth is watering, just looking at all the goodies.

  20. Ruth, it's been many years since I was in Harrods. Loved the food hall! I'm so looking forward to your next post about tea at Harrods! My link post isn't strictly about tea, though I always serve tea with my banana pudding, but I wanted to be sure you and your readers knew about my Le Creuset giveaway. Every time I visit your blog it's like a mini-trip to England, home of my heart.

  21. Thank you for the tour. Sigh! All those yummy looking goodies! HPS!

  22. How charming and fulfilling, as well! I regret that we did not visit Harrods on our one trip to England---it was one of those two-week bus tours, with but one afternoon free in London, and we were already scheduled to meet friends at F&M for afternoon tea.

    Lovely photos to help me realize what I missed, and what we must add to our next itinerary!



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