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Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Christmas Tea

One of my most favorites places in Dayton is the Basically British Tea Room, owned 
and operated by the charming Terry Ronald. I have enjoyed a sweet afternoon here on 3 
other occasions but this day found a group of us celebrating our dear friend Peggy's 
birthday! I had never been during December and it was such a treat!

Basically British offers over 85 teas and owner,
 the wonderful British gentleman
 that he is, Proprietor Terry Ronald is always a 
gracious presence, providing
 helpful suggestions with wit and tact. It can't be done
 much better than this. 
He offers clear and concise explanations of the 
varieties of tea which is both 
delightful and helpful in the selection process. 
The food is always beautifully presented and delicious.
The atmosphere is
charming but not stiff or stuffy.
 It was especially pretty on this December
day all decked out for the Christmas holidays. 

 Perfectly brewed teas arrive in pots wrapped in
 cozies: fancy prints with ribbons
for ladies, plain wrappers for gentlemen.
The atmosphere was cozy and charming
with special holiday items and English 'crackers'on
 the beautifully set tables.
Of course we all had to try in the paper crowns
 found inside our crackers!

Our menu was: 

To say it was all delicious is an understatement!

Basically British is located in downtown Dayton
 in an old building known
as The Cannery. In past years, the building was
extensively remodeled to incorporate
 almost two hundred lofts, along with several retail
The style of the building makes a particularly
 suitable setting: high ceilings,
 brick walls, elegant woodwork, attractive
 windows and hardwood floors.


This was Grace's first visit to Basically British but 
she has decreed it will not be 
her last! She enjoyed it so much!

Happy Birthday Peggy! It was so wonderful to share
 this time with you, Michelle,
 Pam and Grace, 3 of my most favorite ladies! I think will go and brew a pot of  
Christmas Spice tea 
which I purchased that afternoon. good.


Neabear said...

That is a beautiful tea room. You know...I have never been to a tea room. Not that I recall anyway. Something I have always wanted to do! Right now I am having a cup of Candy Cane Tea as I write. Loving it!

Merry Christmas my friend!


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It sounds like a wonderful place to spend time with friends and family! I love tea rooms.

Have a wonderful Christmas Sue!

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like so much fun! I have never been to a tea house and although I say I am going to have 4:00 tea one day downtown, I never have! Everything looks delicious and the place is just beautiful. The owner sounds very charming and I bet he keeps people coming back. Glad Grace had a good time! Happy Birthday to Peggy!!


Shelia said...

Hi Susie! This does look like a wonderful place! I love tea rooms and we don't have any here. Those plates are so pretty and the food looks so good!
I want to wish you and your dear family a blessed Christmas and always be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi Susie! This does look like a wonderful place! I love tea rooms and we don't have any here. Those plates are so pretty and the food looks so good!
I want to wish you and your dear family a blessed Christmas and always be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Susie!
What a grand tea room! My kind of place! Happy birthday Peggy, what a special time of year for a birthday celebration... everything is sparkly and trimmed to perfection. My sister, Nancy's, birthday was the beginning of Dec and we always went someplace very special.

Susie my warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas to you and yours. And may the New Year be a blessed one for you!

Big Christmas hugs, Sherry

Justabeachkat said...

Wow, what a beautiful place. I can see why Grace loved it. BTW...that's a wonderful photo of you two!

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, what a delightful place to visit. I would feel like a queen in such a beautiful place. The picture of you and Grace is adorable... hugs ~lynne~

Janet said...

You two look very regal in your crowns. What a lovely place and delicious sounding menu ( and I don't even drink tea)! merry Christmas!

Melanie said...

I love visiting tea rooms like this. Alan and I used to visit one in a small town about an hour from me. It had authentic English food and Alan loved it!

Bonnie said...

As always I really enjoy visiting all these wonderful places with you. YOu always have such fun. I would not experience many of these places or learn so many things if not for your adventurous soul.

PEA said...

My Christmas wish for you, my friend
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas friend
And a happy New Year, too .. xoxo

Pamela said...

some of my dads family lived around Dayton. We didn't have much contact with them and then after he died in 1976, I heard very little at all.