Tea time is commonplace in the UK, while in the US, it can be difficult to find it done properly, that is, with well-brewed tea, finger foods such as cucumber sandwiches and, most crucially, scones with clotted cream and jam. Clotted cream always makes me think of clogged arteries, since it’s somewhere between whipped cream and butter in consistency. But it is so worth it. Once you taste the deliciousness that is clotted cream and jam on a scone, you’ll just keep craving it. Fortunately, Lady Camellia, with it’s absolutely adorable interior and its location in an old row house on a Georgetown’s beautiful, largely residential Prospect Street, is an absolute gem that does high tea perfectly. While Lady Camellia sounds like a classic British name, its actually a clever pun on the fact that the Latin genus-species name for the tea plant is Camellia sinensis. I’m convinced that even the Queen of England herself would find nothing to turn up her nose at. There are a number of different options for what you can order with your tea, but I opted for the Full Tea, which includes tea sandwiches, scones or croissants and pastries. I got mine with (of course) scones with clotted cream and jam and macarons. This is a great place to go for a special occasion. I went because I was the token guy at a female coworker’s birthday celebration. So bust out your Jack Wills outfit and your fascinator, and head over to tea time at Lady Camellia.
Lady Camellia is located at 3261 Prospect St NW.
Sixes & Sevens is a British food truck- I’m not entirely sure what the name refers to but it somehow sounds British and reminds me of a British children’s book series that I grew up with, “The Secret Seven” by Enid Blyton. You can find their location on their Twitter. Sixes & Sevens is run by a friendly British lady and serves three main items: bangers and mash, tea, and scones with cream and jam. I had their classic pork bangers and mash with peas on the side, which was delicious, though the wait for my food was a bit lengthier than the five minutes they said it would be. There are a bunch of sausage choices and sides choices, so this is a great spot if you’re looking for sausage and mashed potatoes. Sadly they don’t have fish and chips, but Sixes & Sevens is overall a nice change from the falafel and kebab food trucks.
The Queen Vic is a British pub located at 1206 H St NE. They have an authentic pub atmosphere, a great selection of British and Irish beers and ciders both on tap and by the
bottle and a great selection of pub fare. I went to watch the Brexit returns and before it became clear that Remain would lose the atmosphere was festive, with cheers when a municipality voted to Remain. As an Episcopalian and an Anglophile, I felt that it was my duty to watch and to drink a Pimm’s Cup while doing so. Their Pimm’s Cup was totally
spot-on and I paired it with perfect fish and chips. I especially liked the mushy peas that had a bit of a curry touch to them. I also had Crabbie’s spiked orange ginger beer whIn the future, I want to go back to try their Ploughman’s Platter, bangers and mash, and full English brekkie.
Butter chicken poutine is genius.
Elephant and Castle is a pub located at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, with an additional location at 900 19th St. NW. It is a British Empire-themed spot with classic pubby decor and nightly specials. When I went with my softball team “tins” aka cans of beer were 25%. A $4 Brooklyn Lager or Sierra Nevada made for a decent deal. Alongside traditional British food, they have a couple of Britishized Indian options, including the ever-popular butter chicken, as well as Carribean jerk chicken. What I found most interesting, however, is that they serve poutine, that delightfully caloric Quebecois specialty of French fries topped with cheese curds and doused in gravy. In some stroke of genius, someone at Elephant and Castle decided to create a butter chicken poutine, which was absolutely delicious and I’m sure extremely fattening. Since we were a large group, we had a whole back room to ourselves. It was nice because it was quiet, but in contrast to the rest of the place, it had an atmosphere more reminiscent of IHOP than a pub. Most casual visitors would have no reason to be seated back there, though.