Lady Mendl’s Afternoon Tea…Tips, Terms, and Traditions

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Over at Serious Eats today, I wrote of the Afternoon Tea Service at Lady Mendl’s on Irving Place. I spend a lot of time in this area of Gramercy, home to favorites such as Casa Mono, Maialino and One Lucky Duck. Lady Mendl’s is tucked in the middle of this all, the tea room occupying one half of the parlour floor of a bed & breakfast, the Inn at Irving Place. Step right in and it’s like you left the city behind. I enjoyed the afternoon tea service so much (aside from the annoying and constantly rushed service, it’s an excellent value) that I went back a week later with a good friend.

She was running late so I waited in the reception parlour of the Inn. I noticed a table pushed off to the side of the room with a display of loose leave tea by the ounce and various tea accessories for sale. It looked somewhat neglected so I went to go poke around the table…

…and found this little pocket-sized book! “Lady Mendl’s Afternoon Tea…Tips, Terms, and Traditions.” Isn’t it interesting? It was only $10 and I bought it without second thought.

My mom called this purchase “wasting money,” but I call it “indulging silly pleasures.”

It goes over the brief history of tea with a larger dictionary-like section of terms. But my favourite part of the book was the Etiquette Faux Pas section, which includes a paragraph on “how to eat a scone.” Heheh, well didn’t you know? Of course there would be a section on the proper way to eat scones. Now remember, break off a small bite-sized piece, apply the clotted cream and jam with your butter knife, and then eat. Don’t go slicing the scone horizontally, slathering on cream and jam, topping it and eating the scone sandwich-style. I’ve totally seen people do that ;)

Here’s a peek at the back cover. Hope the week is going well for everyone!

Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon
56 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-4466

5 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Hello Kathy. I came here from Kat's site. I like your style a lot. Your pictures are beautiful and all the posts are interesting to read. I drink tea all day long, so it was a fun reading for me. :-)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 1, 2011

    Hi Nami! Thanks so much for your comment – it totally made my day. So happy to hear that you enjoyed the posts…cheers to tea! I'll have to thank Kat for directing you here as well! ^_^

  • K and S
    April 1, 2011

    I have this place on my "to visit"…man, I'll need to visit NYC for at least a year to get it all done :)

  • Ada
    April 1, 2011

    My friend had her birthday party at Lady Mendll's once and it was such a blast! Tea parties are so much fun:)

  • anonymous
    April 1, 2011

    OMG – I walk by here all the time! Who knew! Thank you for sharing!!

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