Always enthusiastic about bringing friends together and passionate about food, Marilyn combined her enthusiasm and her passion into catering with a purpose and that purpose is the make your Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Tea the most elegant and memorable afternoon tea experience possible.
Many have asked us why we focus exclusively on Victorian afternoon teas in our catering business. The simple answer is we love the Victorian era – a time in history full of pomp and pageantry, a time full of orderly rituals and a time full of great promise. The era began in 1837 and ended in 1901; during the intervening 64 years, England and the English people experienced extraordinary changes and upheavals. There were good outcomes and there were bad outcomes.
For instance, this historic era saw England become a naval super power and endure the tragic Irish potato famine. For better or worse, English law and order went to the four corners of the world, and at home, the Industrial Revolution saw the end of a way of life and the dawn of a new way of life. The Crimean War was considered one of the first “modern” wars because railways and telegraphs brought news of the less than stellar warfare into the breakfast rooms of the nation. Civic engagement became more commonplace, yet women could not vote. But by the by, elected officials came to trust ordinary folk and women in England got the vote nine years after the end of the Victorian era.
Through the good, the bad and the ugly times, the Victorian era, ruled by a formidable female monarch, enjoyed peace and prosperity; refined sensibilities and unsurpassed national self-confidence. It was a time when Britannia Ruled the Waves and much else.
It is our firm belief that the well-brewed pot of tea played an integral role in this historic unfolding.