BRADENTON -- For those who can't be in London this week to celebrate the royal birth in proper English fashion, which means pints and pubs and afternoon tea, the next best thing might be a visit to The Londoner Bed & Breakfast.
The six-bedroom, six-bathroom bed and breakfast at 304 15th St. W., Bradenton, has scheduled Royal Baby Teas from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,
The tea and all accoutrements that go with it will cost $16 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
"For those who have never had afternoon tea, this will be an experience," said an excited Jennifer Taylor, co-owner with her husband, John Taylor, of The Londoner, which opened in 2008.
Blessed with a love of pomp and circumstance, the British get all of that and more with a royal birth, which includes the announcement of the birth placed on an easel in front of Buckingham Palace and discussion about possible baby names, Jennifer Taylor said.
And tea time, which is up in the stratosphere when it comes to English high rituals, will be energized by chatter about the royal baby, Taylor said.
"Tea brings people together," Taylor said. "We don't have phones in the tea room. You pass the time of
day discussing things. We will all be talking about the baby this week in Bradenton."
Kate Wilcox, an American who has been to afternoon tea at The Londoner, said the already pleasant event will be enhanced with the new baby born to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
"I think most people remember Princess Diana and wish William well," Wilcox said. "It's also just kind of neat to have another baby."
Of afternoon tea, said Wilcox: "Very quaint, very comfortable. The tea is very mild, wonderful. It's a nice quiet time. I was a little intimidated before I went, but discovered there was nothing to worry about."
"Also, Jennifer Taylor is an awesome baker," Wilcox said.
Tea guests will take treats from a three-tiered tray, which will include cucumbers sliced razor thin, delicately seasoned with salt and placed between crust-less slices of bread smeared with chive cream cheese.
Taylor will arrive in her kitchen at The Londoner at 7 a.m. all week to make the cucumber, chicken and egg salad sandwiches with the poultry blessed with curry, lime and mango chutney.
The tray of delights will also include shortbread cookies and red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, all baked by Taylor.
"The red velvet is American," Taylor said with a grin.
But the lemon cake with lavender drizzle is all English, as are Taylor's scones, which include imported Devonshire clotted cream and homemade lemon curd.
The tea, of course, will be Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 6686.