Diamond Jubilee Weekend Photo Album

It is a well-known fact that all good things come to an end. We had a fantastic weekend here at Tea & Sympathy. A Salt & Battery got involved in the action, as did La Belle Epoque. Here are a few photos that are certain keepers in the Little Britain photo album.

God Save The Queen!

One does like a good cuppa. Especially when it has One’s own photograph on it!

The cheek of it! Nicky grabs a moment to celebrate with one of our gorgeous waitresses. Taken by a photographer for The Times of London.

Where do I stand on the republic versus monarchy debate? Don’t ask me, my mom made me wear this!

Much appreciated support from our American friends at Le Belle Epoque on the other side of Greenwich Ave.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 1957 New York City Visit

With the Jubilee celebrations continuing back in Britain with today and Tuesday off work, we thought we’d treat ourselves to this little bit of royal New York history. Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Big Apple back in 1957, and in all her resplendent beauty did what she does best: looked the part and remained thoroughly dignified throughout. We can’t help be filled with nostalgia for a time we never knew by black and white, grainy celluloid, and warbling horn music!

Happy Diamond Jubilee: Original Coronation Brochure

As the Queen disembarks from her 1,000-boat flotilla trip down the River Thames, our sources on the ground say that most Brits are spending the long weekend doing what they do best: packing out the pubs. Whether you’re enjoying a pint of Jubilee Ale, serving up our coronation chicken finger sandwiches, or entirely indifferent, we’d like to wish you all a happy Diamond Jubilee. Digging through our filing cabinets recently, Nicky found this original brochure from the Queen’s Coronation back in 1953. How it ended up in our hands is long forgotten, but we felt it was perfect to share with you on this very special weekend.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend Celebrations & Memorabilia

God save our gracious Queen, long live the noble Queen, God save the Queen! How happy we are to be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. And, as you can see, we are doing it in Great British style:

Union Jacks as far as the eye can see!

If you’re in this neck of the woods over the weekend, be sure to stop in and take a look at our range of Diamond Jubilee products, all imported from Blighty:

The full range of commemorative Diamond Jubilee goodies! Perfect for gifts or to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year in style!

One can’t hear you as one seems to have a scone in each ear!

Tea towels: for when One makes a mess.

One seems to have gone slightly to pieces! Customers will recognise this beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic of The Queen from the entrance vestibule of Carry On Tea & Sympathy

Our good friends La Belle Epoque on the opposite side of Greenwich Avenue are also getting into the spirit of things, giving pride of place in their window to this gorgeous vintage poster from the 1953 coronation:

Tea & Sympathy’s Queen’s Jubilee Menu

It is finally upon us! This weekend is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: a celebration of Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne that will go down in British history. We’ve put together a recommended menu to help you commemorate the event in truly regal style.

Feel free to give us a call (212-989-9735) if you’re planning a party and are looking for supplies – we have everything you need for an authentic British knees-up!

Coronation Chicken Finger Sandwiches

The perfect savory to serve at your party. Easy to make, easy to eat, and invented for the Queen’s coronation. A lightly spiced creamy chicken, coronation chicken hints at the Raj while finger sandwiches evoke a dainty English civility. Most importantly, these little morsels are utterly delicious.

Ingredients:
Makes about 10 sandwiches

Good quality, thinly sliced bread of your preference
Coronation chicken
Very thinly sliced peeled cucumber, tomato or lettuce (optional)
Salt and Pepper

  • Choose a selection of good-quality, thinly sliced white, wholewheat and seven-grain breads.
  • Peel the dark green skin from the outside of the cucumber with a vegetable peeler if using.
  • Spread a good amount of coronation chicken on to the bread, and add cucumber, lettuce or tomato if using. Season to taste
  • Top with a plain slice.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the crusts off of the bread and discard. Cut the sandwich diagonally into triangles or finger shapes.
  • Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh watercress.

Victoria Sponge

Named after the last monarch to spend 60 years on the throne. Queen Victoria favored a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea, and this is an especially decadent version: two layers filled with cream and jam and topped with confectioners’ sugar.


Serves 8-10
Preparation Time: 35-40 minutes

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
A few drops of pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder

  • Preheat  the oven to 350F
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time , along with the vanilla.
  • With a spatula, fold in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
  • Divide the batter between 2 buttered and floured 8-inch cake tins and smooth the surface by tapping gently on the side of the tins.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • As with all cakes, the best way to make sure the cake is done is by inserting a thin knife or skewer into the center of the cake: if it comes out clean, then the cake is done. Turn out onto wire rack to cool.

Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake

We originally featured this cake during last year’s Royal wedding. William selected this childhood favorite as his groom’s cake. According to royal chef Darren McGrady, it is also one of the Queen’s top picks. Daily Candy stopped by to film Nicky preparing the cake. As you can see, it’s extremely simple and my-oh-my is it yummy!

There are more recipe ideas here. Please send us pictures if you do have a party – and we hope you have a fantastic Jubilee weekend!

Jubilee Recipe: Coronation Chicken

Coronation chicken is the only recipe to share with you this week. We’ve been talking about sandwiches for the last few days and the Queen’s Jubilee is just a week away now. This dish was invented by chef Rosemary Hume to serve at the Queen’s coronation in 1953. It’s a firm favorite in the restaurant and while we strongly recommend you have it as a sandwich, it’s also a great accompaniment for a salad.

Coronation Chicken

Serves 6-8
Preparation Time:
 2 1/2 hours

2- to 4-lb whole chicken
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup curry powder
1/4 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup red wine
1 bay leaf
Juice of 1/2 lemon
4 cans of apricot halves, drained of their juice
1/4 cup mango chutney
Salt and pepper
1 cup mayonnaise

  •  Roast the chicken in a preheated 350F oven for 1 1/2-2 hours. Cover with foil so the chicken doesn’t dry out, and make sure the pan has been oiled.
  • Over medium heat, saute the onion in the butter. Add the curry powder, tomato puree, red wine, bay leaf, lemon juice, apricots and chutney and simmer until reduced to quite a thick consistency.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • Cool down then stir in the mayonnaise.
  • Skin, bone, and chop the chicken. Cool and add to the mayonnaise mixture.
  • Make more spicy if you wish. Divine in sandwiches!

Queen’s Jubilee Military Muster

We realise we’ve gone a little monarchy mad of late but with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee just 12 days away, it’s hard to contain our excitement. The official celebrations kicked off back in Blighty on Saturday with a mile-long military parade showing off the best of all three armed forces. A spectacle in its own right, the 2,500 men and women that took part were a blaze of color, rigor and top notch British discipline. And by all accounts, the general public were blown away by the affair as the surrounding streets overflowed with Union Jacks and jubilant crowds. Bring on June 2nd!

Here are some of our favorite snaps from the day.

This one made us chuckle… Here’s Queen Silvia of Sweden looking on as King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden snaps some pics on his cell phone. How very modern!

Tatler Jubilee Edition & #TSWeddingWeek

Tatler have given a sneak peak inside their Jubilee edition, out next week. We have something very big up our sleeves (you wouldn’t expect it any other way now would you?) But for the time being it’s still #TSWeddingWeek. If you haven’t done so already, take the time to enter our pinterest contest and you could win full afternoon tea for two (that’s $70-worth of the finest English food this side of the Atlantic!!)

The Queen's corgi on the front cover of the Diamond Jubilee edition of UK Tatler Magazine.