No gaudy colours, no blowsy cupcakes, no glitter, no flash, no electricity but demure serving girls, candle-lit rooms, a rented pineapple symbolising welcome, stood proudly inside a large silver punch bowl serving a refreshingly alcoholic Regency Punch, a recipe from MsMarmitelover’s Secret Tea Party. David, stern custodian of Dennis Severs’ ghostly Georgian house in Spitalfields, greeted guests to my secret 18th century tea party. Muggy London sunshine had turned into August showers as close air shimmered in the waxy golden gloom. Ladies fanned themselves and gossiped while drinking delicate porcelain tea bowls of Lapsang Suchong, Assam, Darjeeling and Gunpowder tea.
My research for this occasion was based on my previous supper club inspired by the novels of Patrick O’Brian, recipes from an 18th century cookbook in 18 Folgate Street, suggestions and recipes from Georgian era blogger Madame Gilfurt, information gleaned from Georgian historian and novelist Lucy Inglis when I cooked a meal at Mr Fortnum’s old house in Soho at Black’s club.