High Tea fit for a Chelsea Queen

photos: m&j

When Betsy saw fit to give the most gorgeous, modern, subtle and tasteful set of hand-thrown pottery in the form of teacups, cream & sugar and teeny tiny spoons from abc carpet & home for m’s most recent birthday, there was only one thing to do: serve tea!  But not just any tea for these beauties would do. We brewed a fabulous pot of what we think is the ultimate – Bellocq  No 42 “Little Dickens” – laced with goodies like vanilla beans, calendula flowers, rose petals and raw cacao nibs available from our dear friends at Haven’s Kitchen, along with HK’s own freshly baked petite almond meringues, slices of girly, pink strawberry cake from Books of Wonder Cafe on 18th and fragrantly blushing white pineberries via Belgium from Eataly. After all, when you decide to do justice to high tea, one really must pull out all the stops – thanks for the inspiration, B!


  1. Wiley Forrester said

    m&j – after what was an absolutely brilliant 3 days of honouring our dear Queen (God Save Her!) I was so delighted to see this post honouring the joy and luxury of tea (a Little Dickens blend, no less) and in celebration of another queen (lower case, of course) from Chelsea! I must say I have never seen a pineberry and thought of course that they were some kind of light-deprived specially grown strawberries (think asparagus) and now I know I will be obsessed with finding them here in London. You never cease to inspire, ladies. Now I’m off to catch up on a much needed nap! Cheers! – Wiley

  2. Thanks so much for your charming great reply, Wiley! And so glad you enjoyed the post – post Diamond Jubilee 😉 Rest well and look forward to hearing from you again soon! m&j

  3. […] was reading the beautiful blog by food stylists Margaret and Joy and was blown away by these amazing white strawberries they used in this shoot. I was so thankful […]

    • Hi, there – the beginning and end of your comment got cut off for some reason, but we’re glad you enjoyed the post and white/pink strawberries – they were both lovely and delicious! All best and thanks so much for writing, m&j

  4. Haley said

    I was so inspired by your pineberry photos that I made a little painting of them today that I thought I would share with you.


    Thank you for sharing your inspiring work! I really look forward to seeing what you’re working on.

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Haley – we’re so happy you’re inspired, as were we by the lovely tea set we were given, as well as those UNBELIEVABLE berries! Unfortunately, we can’t see your painting on the link you provided, but we’re dying to view it. So please let us know if, perhaps, there’s another way ??? Thanks again for your wonderful comment(s)! All our very best, m&j

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