There are some heritage tea-rooms that deserve a special mention, and this includes NT Mottistone on the Isle of Wight. First, there was a warm welcome that makes a big difference. Second, tea was served in a proper teapot and cups and saucers were provided. Third, the scone was well above the normal standard for NT fare. Fourth (and outside the control of the NT), the sun shone.
Tea with the National Trust has become a rather mixed affair with a move away from quality tea blenders, and with a very bland, and often disappointing, range of cakes on offer. At least there is a corner of an island that takes pride in what it has to offer.
For a little while now, I have been using the hashtag #heritagehospitality to capture instances of food, drink, hospitality locations and illustrations which have used or highlighted a historical context to provide a level of place authenticity, or quality (in all its construed forms). I have also occasionally flagged actual historical illustrations of food or hospitality.
Parks Canada have their own twist on heritage hospitality, with an entire webpage devoted to Heritage Chocolate, via a commercial sponsorship association with the Historic Division of Mars, which has created Heritage Chocolate for use at the organisation’s historic sites.
It is interesting to note that the Parks Canada ‘red chair’ features on the Mars website, as we are encouraged to support education by eating chocolate.