|Lady Rose, (aka Rachel) and Barb serve guests tea in period dress|
|Rachel readying the tea table with scones from the Townsend|
The event was "sold out" with sixty guests attending, some donning hats and gloves for the occasion. Rachel, dressed in Rose-like fashion, complete with tiara, served patrons their choice of one of the three featured teas from the Republic of Tea's Downton Abbey line: Grantham Breakfast Blend, a hearty black tea, English Rose, a fruity herbal and, perhaps the crowd favorite, Mrs. Patmore's Pudding, a delightful dessert blend with flavors of caramel and vanilla. All were a perfect pairing with the delicious, fresh-baked scones from The Townsend, which are always a part the luxury hotel's daily afternoon teas.
|Sixty guests attended the Downton Abbey-inspired afternoon tea event|
|Republic of Tea Downton Abbey teas were served|
Each table was set with a vase filled with red roses and once seated, guests enjoyed a presentation on the Edwardian customs and some behind-the-scene tales of the Downton Abbey family. The event was captured in detail in a delightful article in the Birmingham Eccentric, "Downton Abbey aficionados enjoy library tea event"
Even though Season Five comes to an end tomorrow night, Barb's TEA Shop will continue Downton Abbey-inspired tea events. Will be at the Townsend soon (!) as well as events this summer and fall. Ring for Carson and stay tuned!