"The coffee had disappeared and its place was taken by a silver tray with a lace cloth on it. There was a silver tea-pot, and a silver kettle with a little spirit-lamp underneath, and a silver cream jug and a covered silver dish full of muffins. There was also hot buttered toast and honey and gentleman's relish and a chocolate cake, a cherry cake, a seed cake and a fruit cake and some tomato sandwiches and pepper and salt and currant bread and butter." Evelyn Waugh Vile Bodies
The sandwiches were delightful, especially the cucumber, we had our own pots of jam and lemon curd for the scones, the cakes were oh so delicate especially the pistachio, raspberry and white chocolate. I wasn't so sure about the addition of peach to the early grey and chocolate. We didn't even make it onto the large slices of cake. All washed down with copious amounts of earl grey.
It's sad saying 'au revoir' to friends but good to make excuses for afternoon tea.