Afternoon Tea at Butlers, The Chesterfield Mayfair
I wish I was in Mayfair where the Gods materialise
tiers of cake that cry in sweet
planting taste-buds in my eyes
I wish I was a dancer, tracing with my feet
the lines of Butlers’ menu
where tea and cake and champagne meet!
I wish I had a lover so our secret rendezvous
could be in The Conservatory
I’d order Chocolate Lover’s Tea and Starlight Rose for you
I wish that I could gather all my friends and family
and invite every passer-by
to take a table here with me!
I wish I was a businessman with a deal to ratify
I’d serve it up on a Butlers’ plate
each contract clause a tempting bite – bound to satisfy
I wish I had a reason to ‘tea and tête-à-tête’
could the fact it’s afternoon
be cause enough to celebrate?
I wish I was a bride-to-be or on my honeymoon
admitting my love’s Butler’s food
and humming in my head a tune
that sings of tea, champagne and cake and ends with gratitude.
© Elizabeth Darcy Jones
Elizabeth Darcy-Jones, Britain’s Tea Poet, brings her unique form of “poetea” to our award winning afternoon tea, on the second Saturday of each month. Whether you’re choosing a Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey or Jasmine tea, Elizabeth has a special poem for each one and will charm and entertain, as you sup and sink in to freshly baked scones, pastries and sandwiches.