It was a chilly, rainy day last Saturday and my mom was in town helping me with my first batch of canning. It was late afternoon once all the jars were filled and the lids had popped, so we headed over to Dartmouth for High Tea at Ma Belle's Cafe. Interesting mix of French and English, non?
Being so close to Two if by Sea, I couldn't resist popping in there, too, for one of their signature croissants to go. I would have photographed it had it actually survived the car ride home. Provolone and prosciutto? You can't hang on to something that delicious.
An indulgent afternoon!
|A sandwich board caught in the downpour.|
NOTE: It's been brought to my attention over Twitter that this isn't actually what was traditionally called 'high tea' in Britain, but more so 'afternoon tea.' The high tea time at Ma Belle's is scheduled from 3-5pm, which according to this article is quite common in modern-day tearooms. Traditionally, high tea involved more dinner fare, however, whereas afternoon tea served scones, sandwiches, and sweets, much like my experience at Ma Belle's. Either way, I'm happy to have learned something new about British food and tea culture. You can read more about tea culture and the differences between tea times here or here.