Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Finding an ECH

I was going to post this as a response to Tom's comment on the previous post but it got overly long.

Finding a good ECH is never easy and while I think being in the countryside is an essential ingredient, a good alternative for afternoon tea in London is at The Dorchester, a very swanky hotel near Hyde Park on Park Lane. I enquired and prices have changed recently but the traditional afternoon tea has been preserved in spite of rumours to the contrary.
The price per person seems to have kept up with inflation. I had compared it to a week's rail fare travelling to the city, years ago when I studied the basics of computing at the education arm of the British Oxygen Company in Park Lane.To my utter surprise the price is still on par at £28.50. It used to be £11 then. You could also bump into the likes of ET there. Elizabeth Taylor.

For really good puddings try The Pudding Club, Three Ways House, Mickleton, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire started in the 80's in response to the attack from The Black Forest Gateau and Strawberry cheescake on the great British pud..

"Enjoy a unique break to remember. Attend a meeting of the Pudding Club, generally held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Stay overnight and take English breakfast before exploring the local area. On Saturday night dine in the main Restaurant from the table d’hote menu, departing after breakfast on Sunday morning."

There are many local attractions in the vicinity. The most important Stratford-on-Avon (Shakespeare Country) is in the next county Warrickshire.
That's enough sounding like a travel guide. I'd also look for Gary Rhodes' restaurants him being a top chef and ex-footman to the Queen who hopefully instilled in him her partiality to afternoon tea. And hotels doing Agatha Christie mystery holidays.


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