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Thursday, 9 May 2013

miss b loves........cream tea on a steam train!




A couple of Sundays ago we enjoyed a cream tea with a difference....on board an old-fashioned steam train travelling through the Lancashire countryside. This was a surprise treat....and I would never have guessed how we were going to spend the afternoon!



We arrived at Bury station to be greeted by a scene straight out of Harry Potter! 





The East Lancashire Railway has been restored to its historical glory and the vintage Pullman style dining carriages retain many of the original 1920s features.......polished wood panelling, sliding windows and plush velvet seating .... the perfect place to enjoy a cream tea....a very English tradition.






The whistle was blown and we were off on our journey.......



 We tucked into our selection of scrumptious cakes.......



Difficult to choose a favourite but .....the carrot cake (with an orange flavoured chocolate carrot) and the stawberry dipped in delicious chocolate satisfied my chocolate addiction! 

Of course there were scones .... with jam and clotted cream ... 


All these sweet treats had been prepared by the award-winning Slattery's a local company. The attentive staff kept bringing us  more tea.....



The only disappointment was the British weather......non-stop rain throughout the journey and difficult to fully appreciate the pretty stone cottages and countryside!!






An hour and twenty minutes later we were back at the station ...






......looking at the old adverts from a bygone era............


Back in the car and typically .....the sun came out and finally we were able to enjoy the Lancashire countryside!!



PS There's a full programme of events during the year here and dining opportunities including lunches, themed dinners and even murder mystery nights(!)here.


Definitely different!


66 comments:

  1. Beautiful. This is a lovely way to spend the Sunday. The landscape of Lancashire is beautiful too! lovely images.

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  2. What a gorgeous trip and the afternoon tea looks delicious:)
    ~Anne

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  3. What a fabulous and extraordinary tea experience in a vintage 1920s styled train. Lovely!

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  4. I always love a good afternoon tea, but this sounds like the most charming experience - I was just love to go on it myself, especially because part of my family is originally from Lancashire! The train car looks like something out of a wonderful film and those cakes have me wondering if I could get away with eating dessert for lunch. Thanks for sharing this, Miss B!
    xox,
    Cee

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    1. I was so surprised to hear that part of your family is from Lancashire too!

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  5. Oh my, this is a wonderful and fun trip. I love train rides in the countryside then a Cream tea too! Those sweets are scrumptious and so beautiful to eat. It must have been a fun trip despite the weather! I would like to try this one day. Truly a scene from Harry Potter.

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  6. What a fabulous adventure my friend! There is a train that travels the countryside from a near by town. Since moving here we have said we are going to take a trip on it (almost 6 years later - have not done it). Your post has inspired me to look into more seriously ... Great photos ..Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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  7. This is SO much fun! We have a train near us that does something similar to this. At Christmas time it's a huge deal and lots of fun for the kids. Trains are so much fun.. they are a bit nostalgic and romantic:) I like the presentation of the food and it looks like you had a wonderful time. Excellent photos! xxleslie

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  8. The mystery train sounds very fun, maybe we have something similar in our area? I hope to take the kids on a Christmas Train, The Polar Express, through the NC mountains this year. We'll see, and thanks for the beautiful pictures!

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  9. Miss B, what a wonderful experience! They restored that train to perfection. It does look like Harry Potter. That's one thing on my bucket list (to take a train). I love that they have themed dinners, events and mysteries. That makes everything so much fun. Thanks for capturing this and those sweets look delicious.
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  10. This is such a lovely experience! The sweets look too cute to eat. I will certainly go on such a special train ride if I ever get the chance.

    LUXESSED

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  11. What a wonderful experience! Couldnt imagine a best way to spend the Sunday!

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  12. This looks like so much fun...I must add it to my list of things I want to do!! Thanks for sharing! xoxo

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  13. I am so jealous, this is a unique place to have your tea!

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  14. Oh wow, this looks lovely. I know a few people in my family would really appreciate this. The only time I have been to Lancashire is on business when I was meeting clients in Ribleton, Preston. I live in Birmingham and should really start finding out more about places to visit in the UK. The train station does remind me of a scene from Harry Potter ha!

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    1. I live on the other side of Preston about three miles away from Ribbleton!

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  15. I just may need to take a trip across the pond to experience this! What a treat indeed. Thanks for the great story. b

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  16. lovely inspirations
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  17. looks wonderful and reminds me of the Harry Potter train! I would love to do this one day and we have many trains in my area but not like this one. Great post!!

    Rosemary
    NYC Style and a little Cannoli

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  18. The perfect place indeed!! Super nice! xxx

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  19. I wanna go on a journey like that one day :)

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  20. Oh what a lovely way to spend an afternoon it is lie going back in time. Thank you for your lovely wishes

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  21. How Agatha Christie darling - love everything about that!

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  22. I love this! I am such a fan of travelling on trains, I probably love it more now than when I was younger. What a lovely time Miss b, we took a dinner train recently and it was nice! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the weekend! xx/Madison

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  23. What a lovely way to enjoy afternoon tea! I'd love to do this if I make it back to the UK.

    Thanks so much for your kindness and support!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  24. What a lovely treat. Those cream scones look to die for. What a shame about the weather. I guess it made it all the more atmospheric and romantic ;-)
    TY for your lovely comments over at mine x

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  25. What a fab way to do afternoon tea! Jam and cream scones are a personal favourite but it all looks good to me.

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  26. I would love to book a train trip like this one, it seems like such a unique and different type of experience and a high tea included - definitely a winner! Everything looks so yum. So lucky that you got to experience this! I appreciate you stopping by, hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  27. Love the steamy train image...totally straight out of Harry Potter. So makes me want to travel. Thanks for visiting me recently.

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  28. Wow wonderful experience!!! beautiful post!!
    Have a nice sunday, dear! and mi g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  29. Ciao Miss B : ) Finally I am back. I opened your posts many times, but never had the easy time to read carefully and leave my comments. This is a wonderful experience, I definitely want to do this one day, maybe in 2014 summer. I like English countryside so much. I would love to attend to murder mystery weekends too : ) Have a sweet Sunday : )

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    1. Welcome back! Thank you so much for taking the time to write all those wonderful comments on my recent posts. I really appreciate it!

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  30. OMG what a beautiful, nice and romantic trip!! Shame the weather... ;-)
    xoxo
    Patricia

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  31. What a truly lovely way to spend the day--love the rain-dotted scenery

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  32. Did you try the Harry Potter way to find his train to Hogwarts? ;) What a lovely treat, those cookies sound and look great, drooling ;)

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  33. How fascinating!!! I'd love to enjoy a traditional English tea (and scones) on a steam train!
    xoxo
    Coco et La vie en rose
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  34. That must have been an awesome experience ! gorgeous pics.

    Meghan Silva's Blog

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  35. Hi B! Looks lovely ... and those desserts! I've never heard of cream tea ... how is it different from regular tea? Does it have cream in it? I love reading about your adventures ... makes me feel as if I work too much, as you're having many more adventures away than I am right now! lol I'll have to remedy that! ;) Have a wonderful new week, sweet! xo ~S

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    1. So pleased to hear that you are enjoying my little adventures, Sandy! A traditional cream tea is a pot of regular tea (with a small jug of milk) served with scones, jam and clotted cream.

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  36. I have always, always, always wanted to do this! Looks like such an amazing experience and those cakes look to die for!

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  37. Wow! What a wonderful experience. Thank you so much tor sharing! This is my first visit here & I must tell you how much I enjoyed it. I am seriously jealous of your yummy scones....especially the clotted cream. I love taking tea. :) I'm such a girlie girl so this post was quite frankly "my cuppa tea". Lol! Hope you will visit my blog some day as well. Cheers!

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed this and thank you very much for following too. I've just popped over to your blog!

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  38. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing your photos! xo Caroline

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  39. how fun! This makes me miss Downton Abbey!!

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  40. I would love to taste the carrot cake too;)



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  41. What a wonderful treat!! What a nice, enjoyable way to drink tea. Your pictures makes me want to have a high tea again sooo bad.

    Xx

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  42. Oh, the train is delightful, and these desserts, oh my. I just had some delicious scones with jam and cream on the Queen Mary that looked very much like the ones on here. They were so good. You are always taking me on some magical adventure with your travels. I haven't traveled much lately, except for California, so I want to thank you for that.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  43. Your journey was so magical:)
    I felt like starring in some old movie while reading your post!

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  44. OMG OMG OMG I WANNA GO NOW!
    So so cool!

    Edita
    www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

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  45. Wow! Everything looked so amazing! The train, the cakes, the atmosphere! I want to go there now, will check it out! Really a great suggestion, thanks, I love things like those!

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  46. I love this too.Is this a luxury life or what? You are such a lucky girl!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  47. Just stopping by to say thanks for your sweet comment this week, B! xoxo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

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  48. Ça change du train que je prends !

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  49. That looks like sooooo much fun!!! And train looks like straight-up Hogwarts!

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  50. Wow this looks so fun! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  51. Glad you enjoyed the train ride! Thanks for all your comments.

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  52. What a charming way to spend an afternoon!

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  53. What a great treat!! I do love a train... especially at this level... I will bear this in mind when next visiting the UK! Jenny xx

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  54. There is nothing quite like travelling on a train like this and topped off with cream tea - what an absolute treat and a perfect way to spend a Sunday!

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  55. This post is so lovely and nostalgic! It makes me really miss the UK! :)

    <3 Mandy xx
    http://frocksandotherfrivolities.blogspot.com

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  56. Ahh swoon! Two of my favorite things..tea and trains! Seriously living virtually here!! You lucky Brits.Gorgeous countryside!

    xo
    Kim

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  57. I love old railway cars... I totally want to do this!

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