Saturday, February 13, 2010


It's believed that King Henry VIII named these lovely tarts over 300 years ago.  Legend has it that when he saw Anne Boleyn and other "maids of honor" eating them, he decided that  the recipe be kept a secret.  Most all secrets have a way of escaping and by the early 1700's they were being sold at a bakery in Richmond, England.  Robert Newens opened the Maids of Honor Tea Room in l850 and relatives from the same family continue to bake and run the tea room today. 

 This information and the recipes were taken from "The Great Tea Rooms of Britain" by Bruce Richardson (now in it's 5th edition) which is sold at Bernideen's.


  1. I absolutely love the teapot with the little girls on it! I have Great Tea Rooms of I don't have that recipe. Would love to have it!

    Deborah in NC

  2. Mmmmm, yummy, Bernideen! Tea and tarts, what could be better? Love the tea pot! A delish Pink Saturday post! Happy Valentine's Day to you too.


  3. Happy Pink Valentine's Saturday, Bernideen! Your table is lovely! I so adore Royal Albert's Old Country Roses. One of the prettiest patterns of all time! You teapot is so charming and sweet!

    Thank you for the bit of history on the tarts!

    Have a lovely Pink Valentine's weekend!


  4. Hi Bernideen! I love this post! I shall make some tea right now. Oh, how I wish I had a tart to enjoy! It' s pizza with the grandkids tonight!

  5. What a informative post about them,,, I love to hear the History of things.... Your tea set is just gorgeous... and the tarts are so yummy looking too... Happy Pink Saturday

    Happy Valentine's Day

  6. My goodness, I have the same teapot - which I love very much.
    Happy Valentine's To You !
    Happy Pink Saturday !!! and have a lovely
    new week.

  7. Happy Valentine's Day, Bernideen! I always enjoy a visit to your tearoom :) I love the teapot you've featured. It's beautiful and unique. Have a wonderful day. Terri


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