Photo: Belmond

Have Tea and Scones With Mary Berry on a Train Ride Through the English Countryside

by Eben Diskin Apr 10, 2019

Afternoon tea is a quintessential British experience, but sharing the mini sandwiches and pastries with beloved Mary Berry — the TV personality known for judging The Great British Baking Show — has to be almost as good as sharing crumpets with the Queen. In partnership with excursions company Belmond, Berry is hosting an afternoon tea train ride from Victoria Station in London through the picturesque Weald of Kent in the southeastern corner of the country. The four-hour round-trip journey through this area of woods and valleys won’t take place on just any commuter rail, but on a British Pullman train from the ‘20s.

British Pullman train car

Photo: Belmond British Pullman/Facebook

Before the journey begins, Berry will host a meet and greet at the train station in London, followed by guests boarding the train and embarking on a classic and elegant afternoon tea experience.

Afternoon tea

Photo: Belmond British Pullman/Facebook

According to the website, guests will be invited to “Admire the intricate art deco features of your carriage, including handcrafted marquetry, gleaming crystal and silken lampshades. Soon you will be served an indulgent spread. Savour a selection of Mary Berry’s favourite cakes and desserts, tea or coffee and a glass of sparkling wine.” Additionally, guests will receive a gift from Berry herself.

The tea train rides run on May 3 and May 4, with tickets starting at around $391 per person.

H/T: Food & Wine

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