Sunday Tea @ The Canal

Last Sunday after becoming more than full with the lunch at the Eagle, we decided to pay an homage to the Sandwich Barge.
The weather for the weekend supposed to be unstable, a mishmash of sunshine, cloud, rain, wind, etc.
Because of it, we even cancelled our trip to Holland Park. Then came Sunday, it turned out sunny and less windy than the day before. We were rather cross about this misinformation.
It was nearly 3pm already and wouldn’t have enough time left to travel across to West London.
By the canal, we could still bask in the sun while sipping tea & munching on a cake, so we reasoned.

The path along the canal was fairly  lively with the Sunday crowd…

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Next to Lorraine’s barge cafe, there was another canal boat, selling vintage clothing.
From the speakers on its roof, the ’50s pop music was played and the atmosphere around the barges was cozy and good-natured.

Most of the diners were enjoying oysters on Lorraine’s weekend menu…

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I wish if I could join them!
However, the pleasure had been denied to me ever since I developed a severe allergy to oyster 15 years ago. *SOB*

Instead, we ordered tea and just-out-of-oven chocolate brownie…

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We sipped our tea in the mellow afternoon sunshine.
Lorraine’s chocolate brownies were amazing. She mixed in walnuts in the dough. Baking made the walnut so soft, it melted in my mouth like magic. It was divine!

Then, we saw a family of swans went gliding past…

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A swan mama and her cygnet.
She chaperoned her four offspring up and down the canal gracefully.

After savouring our afternoon tea, we bid farewell to Lorraine and headed home…

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Instead of crossing the canal via Wharf Road Bridge, we carried on towards Shepherdess Walk.

Then we saw a cat cringing on to the side of the barge rather precariously…

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The cat appeared not too concerned about the situation it was in.
So I whispered to it ‘Puss, puss, puss’. And the cat meowed me back, like saying hello…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Tea & Cake @ Regent’s Canal

After satisfying myself with vintage-browsing, I headed home via Regent’s Canal.
The path leading towards the canal was paved with cobbles and the angle was steep…

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The hue of leafage matured and deepened which made the foliage appeared denser and if not slightly doleful.
Even those barges floating on soupy water of the canal looked to be holding their breath.

It was overcast and windless. The canal reflected its surrounding like a mirror…

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Regent’s Canal was constructed in the early 19th Century under the supervision of Prince Regent’s pet architect,
John Nash. It starts from Paddington Basin, flows through Little Venice, Camden Lock, St.Pancras Lock and arrives at City Road Basin, my neighbourhood…

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‘Oh I wish if I could sit down with a cup of tea’, I sighed.
My hand started to ache with the weight of my shopping bag which I stuffed overzealously at M&S, Angel.
Then, a canal boat with a teapot sign on its roof appeared in the distance like a mirage!
Am I daydreaming?…

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It was a barge converted to a floating cafe!
I was less than 10 minutes walk away from home. However the allure of this unusual place was too strong to resist.
Who can forgo an opportunity to have tea at a cute cafe like this?…

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The mistress of the barge was Lorraine, a charming lady with the Land Girl hair do and twinkling blue eyes.
When I asked about cakes on offer, she brought out a cake tin, piping hot from the oven!

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Ahhh, a freshly baked cake! I must have it with my tea.
The cake was concocted from the mixture of banana, plantain, apple, walnuts and caraway seed and it was truly scrumptious. Especially, the plantain, I never tasted it in my life but I am a convert now.

The cafe offers not only tea & cake but also freshly cut sandwich and home-made soup daily between Wednesday to Sunday…

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However, the barge may change its location time to time. Therefore, please check an update on their Facebook page.

Sipping tea from a proper china set and munching on a home-baked cake by the canal…

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Mmmm… Priceless…
A breather like this is so necessary in hectic urban life. Without it, time will just roll by at an alarming pace, leaving one with nothing worthy to recollect at the end of the day.
As I will have to go back to Mr.B’s vet on Thursday in order to sort out the discrepancy caused by their mistake, I may drop by to pay a quick homage to the cafe again.
Any excuse will do to have another cuppa (& possibly a cake) by the canal with ducks and geese…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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