Pam and Pete walked out of Facebook and turned up for tea – all the way from Adelaide, South Australia!!! Yes, they did!
They’ve been travelling around Europe and London is their last stop before leaving to return home to Australia. When they knew they were going to be in the city where we live, they asked if we could meet up! Mummy thought we should do something quintessentially English for the Aussies – and besides it’s Mummy’s favourite meal of the day – Afternoon Tea!
We arrived at The Egerton House Hotel which is not far from where we live. We waited to be shown our table.When they showed us the menu, we knew immediately it was the right thing to have done. After all their travels, a good English Afternoon Tea would help them to rest, revive and rejuvenate! Perfect concoction!
We have never met Pam and Pete before, but we “know” each other from Facebook. And they also read my blog!!! But when they arrived, it was as if we have known each other for a long time.
They were delighted to see George! Pam told him off for being naughty the other day for running away. But he blinked his weepy eyes and acted so innocent that there was hardly any scolding. He melted their hearts. So what’s new?They were keen to meet us because you see Pam and Pete have two doggies of their own back in Adelaide.Pam showed me a photo of Honey who is a Spoodle (as they call them in Australia) and Max who is a beagle-cavalier. They’ve been away from them for a long time, so I think I know why we met them today – they needed some hug therapy!!!! After all the hugging, the ritual of the English Afternoon Tea began. Pete wanting a photo of the waiter pouring tea. And then came the part I like the best! Stacked plates of food!!!Lovely presentation, Sir. May I have some please?Well, apparently not. It just doesn’t seem fair – there’s so much on the plate – you would think the humans would share.So I sat and watched while each item on the tiered plates slowly disappeared …Photo credit: Pete Hayward
May’s comment: We have never met Pam and Pete before in person but we’re friends on the various cockapoo/spoodle FB pages – so we know what the other looked like. When they knew they were stopping over in London, we had to meet. And when they showed up, it was as if they had walked out of Facebook and turned up for tea!Photo credit: Pete Hayward
Pam suggested we should go to one of the ever so many dog-friendly places in London that we frequent. I thought it would be nice to do something quintessentially English – nothing like a cup of tea with all the scones and finger sandwiches and (too much) cakes!Photo credit: Pete Hayward
- The Milestone Hotel in Kensington – where we have often been to tea with visitors from out-of-town
- 41 Hotel in Belgravia
- The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge
- The Chesterfield in Mayfair
- The Montague on the Gardens by the British Museum
- The Rubens at the Palace opposite Buckingham Palace
We have stayed with them at Ashford Castle when we were in Ireland – we were made to feel so welcome. Ever since then we’ve been loyal to them and now that we know there are quite a few Red Carnation hotels in London, we will just have to go for tea at each of them! 🙂