When I heard there was a Wedgwood Tea bar at Taste of London, the annual restaurant-taster fest in Regent’s Park, I thought little of it. Wedgwood make teapots and cups & saucers, so it seemed straightforward enough.
But what I hadn’t prepared myself for was the utterly lovely tea salon (constructed by my friends at INCA) inside a canvas marquee, the outside of which was marooned in a puddle of mud. Truly a sanctuary of delightfulness.
Not least because it was brim full with roses, served six different types of carefully chosen & fully provenance-d teas, matched those teas with a Paul A Young chocolate AND had tango dancers doing their thing throughout the day.
It achieved its aim admirably: reminding me – and everyone else – how wonderful, how gloriously beautiful and quintessentially English Wedgwood fine bone china is, and (in me) sparking huge desire for a cupboard filled with a Wedgwood harlequin set. (Where each piece is a different pattern.*)
Intaglio Vase £60 I have stirrings of lust towards these vases. As my new friend, Lord Wdgwood, with whom Mrs Trefusis and I took tea, quite rightly said: on their own they are lovely but with the roses they are quite something else altogether.
And then there is the Jasper Conran at Wedgwood Chinoiserie Cup & Saucer, £27.50 & £27.50 each
*I first came across a harlequin set at Althorp, the ancestral home of the Spencer family, in my teens, where they have a wonderful dinner service on display in cabinets in a hallway somewhere, and since then have wanted nothing more for my flat than a fabulously mismatched service of my own.