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Taking Tea in Kent

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August 14, 2014 / English / By
Anna

My favorite food is raspberries and cream. I am lucky enough to be able to grow raspberries in Italy. Of course, it being Italy, achieving the correct amount of shade and coolness requires a shady pergola. This has only become necessary since Dutch Elm Disease snatched my beautiful row of mature elms from me taking the shade they gave so generously.

However, it being Italy, the status of my shade pergola is officially unacceptable as was pointed out to me by several officials who became involved when the tall guy (TTG) erected it. Apparently, pergolas are not allowed on the land where my garden is situated. Neither are umbrellas, nor arches. This is because the land is for agricultural purposes. I was shown this in writing when TTG sent me to sort it out.

But I have an arch to grow cucumbers over and a pergola-like structure to grow my tomatoes on, neither of which have ever caused trouble for us. So why is this particular structure not acceptable? I cannot get closure on this. My solution is to vigorously demonstrate its agricultural purpose and hope to stay under the radar. The raspberry canes, which are about seven feet high and strapped to the top of the fruit frame, amply demonstrate its agricultural purposes, I hope. And I am adding kiwis to the other fruit frames uses.  

Meanwhile let’s get back to raspberries. A cream tea is a great delight. Raspberry or strawberry jam according to taste and Devonshire clotted cream. There is a pot of tea as well and a scone, of course. Afterall, it is necessary to transport the raspberries and cream to the mouth with something other than fingers. My only complaint is that the pottles of clotted cream are too small. I always have to buy an extra one. I did want to bring some back with me from the UK this time, but TTG was against it.

Tripping around Kent we found that most of the National Trust houses and gardens have realized that they can fund the lovely old piles they are responsible for with cream teas, at least partially. We helped out at Chartwell (the delightful home of Winston Churchill) and at Sissinghurst. Sissinghurst is a quirky place of towers and writers and sexual intrigue as well as a garden and a place to enjoy a cream tea.

The villages of Kent are packed with tearooms with delightful names such as Peggotty’s Tearooms (Barkis is know doubt lurking around the back door). Some of the tea rooms are in 14th century structures of great charm.

As I am really a coffee drinker and have taken up the Italian habit of eating a sweet pastry with my morning coffee, I was relieved to find that the Nutmeg in Tenterden, a sweet village in in Kent, offered a coffee and teacake special for breakfast. There were three Italians at this venue one morning. But then a lot of Italians visit the UK in the summer. The older couple could have been tourists, and the handsome young man had clearly married the pretty blonde and settled in rural England with his two dogs – not that I am one to speculate on the lives of total strangers you understand.


Peggotty's; The Nutmeg

Country: United Kingdom

Province/State: Kent

City: Tenterden

Address: Main Street

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