Monday, February 22, 2021

Breakfast and Tea Time in British Classics

Holmes and Watson at breakfast: from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,
"The Naval Treaty," illustrated by Sidney Paget (1860-1908).
Holmes is about to eat a dish of curried chicken, and Watson will have ham and eggs. 
Mrs Hudson with breakfast, from the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie.
She is played by Geraldine James.

Hercule Poirot at breakfast, played by David Suchet.

Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.
From "The Nine Tailors," originally broadcast on the BBC in 1974.

Tea time on Downton Abbey for the Dowager Countess, and Isobel Crawley
played by Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.

Serving tea on Upstairs, Downstairs.
Jean Marsh acted the part of Rose the maid.

Continuing my exploration of breakfast and tea time in popular culture, I've put together a few scenes of these meals from various sources. This post is to be shared with Elizabeth's blog event celebrating drinks. Put together by mae sander at mae food dot blog spot dot com. If you read this elsewhere, it's been pirated.


Jeanie said...

I've seen all these and love them all! What a great selection!

DVArtist said...

All prim and proper tea times.

Divers and Sundry said...

I always notice the cups. We'll be watching one of these shows, and I'll say, "I like that cup and saucer" and the rest of the family just looks at me, not having really noticed. I do the same thing with hats.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Father Brown has a lovely set of green and buff tea service. It's always on his kitchen table when he's sitting there. I love how you have focused on the British and the famous Belgian detective and their breakfast eating habits. This is a wonderful example of beautiful tea services. I fear I have only seen Hercule Poirot and Holmes and Watson from TV. I always enjoy seeing a good tea service, though and they never disappoint, especially if they are British. Thanks for this always clever and educational example of tea services in British tales you shared with us for T this almost Tuesday.

My name is Erika. said...

What a really fun T post. You thought of some great shows to get photos from. And this is clever as I have never seen anyone do a post like this. Nice! Have a great T day Mae.

Linda Kunsman said...

Love the movies - great T post Mae!

Laurie said...

I love them all, some of my very favourite!

Iris Flavia said...

Oh, I love Hercule Poirot´s breakfast set, so... 70's?

J said...

Lovely photos Mae, I used to love upstairs Downstairs and I like Penelope Wilton too in Ever Decreasing Circles, I've never watch Downtown Abbey.
Those were the days when tea was served beautifully!
Happy T Day
Jan S

Lisca said...

When I was a child having tea in such pretty cups with an elaborate tea pot was the norm. My mother still has her set.
I loved looking at your pictures, not just because i remember all the films/series they are from. I think Downton Abbey was my favorite.
Happy T-Day,

Let's Art Journal said...

Oh my goodness, that was a trip down memory lane - I think I've seen all those programmes 😀. Well we do enjoy our tea here in Britain! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful selection of film scenes, great idea! Happy T Day, Valerie

CJ Kennedy said...

I loved Upstairs, Downstairs and Dowton Abbey.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hmm...breakfast or tea? Breakfast for me I think! Great photos! Happy T Day, Chrisx

Kate Yetter said...

I have only seen one of these. I think I am going to have to add some to my list to watch.
Happy Tea Day,

Sharon Madson said...

Love all these tea moments.I have seen most for at one time or another. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and also a fan of Downton Abbey. Thanks for sharing. It was perfect for tea day! Smiling.

Ju-Lyn said...

An intriguing collection of tea scenes & sets - quintessentially British!


Sherry's Pickings said...

i loved Rose the maid on upstairs downstairs! and all those other fab shows - except downton abbey. never seen that one!