Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe


Welcome to the lovely world of Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe. Located in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In naming her tea room, Marian Caso was inspired by the story of Anna Maria Stanhope Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who is credited with inventing the British custom of afternoon tea. since 2008, it has become a favorite with locals and tourist of the area.

You can look forward to a Victorian atmosphere with crystal and fine china. Diners have more than 60 loose-leaf tea options, which are individually brewed once ordered. They also offer breakfast and lunch and a number of afternoon tea selections, making it perfect for those looking for a light tea as well as something more substantial.


Address: 21 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you are in Pinehurst, check them out!
Have a great Sunday and take time for tea and conversation!


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Just another wacky Wednesday here at the Pirate Nation. I just placed a summer tea order and can’t wait to try the Pear. I love pears. Right now my favorite drink is bubbly water with pure pear juice. It’s refreshing and not too sweet. But this morning I went back to a good old English Breakfast.

Yesterday I cooked. Like from scratch. I was cooking up the chicken and had so much of it that I made a really good smoked chicken salad plus green chile chicken rolled enchiladas. I stuffed the chicken salad in fresh bell peppers. It’s so hot outside I wanted something light and cool. With a fresh fruit salad it was perfect.

I am experimenting with different tea blends. I took a Meyer Lemon from STASH and brewed it with a white tea from Taylor’s and popped it in the icebox. Definitely a keeper. Tazo’s Passion is a favorite around here. The kids think it’s kool-aid. And it has no sugar. Today I’m trying the Harney and Sons Chocolate mixed with some Chocolate Mint leaves. We shall see what happens.

Southern-Style Strawberry Buttermilk Biscuits will melt in your mouth as just-sweet-enough roasted strawberries add a welcome burst of flavor.              Recipe for Mississippi Mud Cake - This recipe is so EASY to make and it will surely WOW all of your guests at your next social event or party!

Strawberry biscuits are melt in your mouth good! You can use your favorite biscuit recipe and just add a handful of chopped berries. Voila! As for the Mississippi Mud Cake, well that is a really easy recipe and every baker has their own interpretation of it. Mine is the good old pecan and marshmallow on top of the finished cake. Back in the oven to melt the marshmallows and then cover it with pecans and chocolate frosting. Slap yo Momma good there!

Have a great Wednesday. You can still kick ass, just be nice about it. I am off to play Susi Homemaker and then read a gory, serial killer tale!

xx Patricia




I’m feeling minty today so I’m sipping Tazo Peppermint Tea. I may or may not have abused my tummy last night with sour gummy worms, so I’m trying to baby it this morning. I’ve tried apologizing to it but it’s tired of hearing it. So we are doing mint green today,

Yesterday I got one of those calls we all hope for. ” Hey, I’m going to Home Depot, do you want to come along?” Uh, yes! I love that place. So full of possibilities for those people who know how to make things. I was just trying to find some good mint varieties that my sister  told me about.

It’s looking a bit gloomy this morning. Could be severe weather today so that’s something to look forward to. Other than that I’m making Strawberry Scones and a Mississippi Mud Cake. From the way that the BF was hacking all night, I took out some chicken breasts for some healing soup. One of the breasts will be cooked over Lapsang Souchong loose tea. Then chopped up for a lovely smoky chicken salad. So tea time is settled.

Have yourself a productive and useful day. Be the better person. Stay calm and make tea!

xx Patricia



Good Holy Thursday to everyone. I’m sipping my morning tea and trying to finish my golf wreath. Yes, I said that. Golf Wreath. We are a golfing family here and The Masters is our Holy Grail.

Last week Corbin and I were tackling Tommy’s closet and found a large plastic garbage bag full of golf balls and tees, ball markers, pencils and scorecards. A few years ago my cousin’s hubby made a really good golf wreath and as soon as we saw those balls I knew we were going to make a wreath. A really big wreath. It had to be big since we were going to cross two irons over the middle so I dragged out a huge grapevine wreath and the hot glue gun and we proceeded to sort all the balls into piles of unique balls and regular balls. The unique ones had the club imprints on them, we even found one from St. Andrew’s in Scotland, as well as a tee from there!

We spent a long time gluing dozens of balls and other golf stuff on and then we used dark zip ties to keep the clubs in place. Add a big Green and Yellow bow and voila! a wreath. No pictures will be taken until after the contest. We are highly competitive.

My memories of Easter consist mainly of the food. And those horrid and scratchy crinoline petticoats our mothers made us wear under our pastel dresses, white gloves and hats. Four little girls all in a church row. Our father would leave raisins ( bunny poo) from each of our beds to where our baskets full of candy were hidden.

My favorite thing was my own Momma’s coconut cake. Oh dear lord that stuff is like crack to me to this very day. I love coconut. And oh that glazed ham and yeast rolls. My mouth waters just thinking about it all! Although it has been years since I’ve had any of that.

What is your favorite food on Easter? Do you still carry on the same traditions?

xx Patricia

Good Morning! Grab a Cup!

It is Monday and the wind is blowing so hard I’m surprised the lawn furniture is till here! But the sun is shining and that’s a plus!

Yesterday I went way out of my comfort zone. To the Mall. Trust me when I say if you suffer from anxiety like I do this is a no-no. At first it was cool. We strolled along checking out the Spring fashion, picking up some cute Easter outfits and Spring Break outfits for the little ones.

I was pretty much finished at the mall and really wanted out of there when we started to get on the escalator a guy standing in front of a salon yelled at me! ” Miss, Miss, who styles your hair? I love your hair, could you come show my friend?” I knew it. I was going to have a full on panic attack at the freaking mall. But just like that, my keeper not only jumped in but so did a security guard who helped us tremendously. And we got the hell out of there!

We ended up at the market where I found a luscious Meyer Lemon Tart and a mini Strawberry Cream croissant for tea. It was a really nice accompaniment to the Meyer Lemon Tea!


And let me say…yummmm!  Today I am booked all day so have yourself a beautiful day and have a nice cuppa!

Miss Charli Ava also had her first hockey game Saturday. Here is my sweet baby getting ready to beat the crap out of some boys. Sponsored by the Dallas Stars!

Next week begins Spring Break so we will be living at the local movie theater. Hello Black Panther!’


Enjoy some quite time and a cup of tea.

xx Patricia



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It is Friday Y’all! At the moment I am enjoying a break and having some Earl Grey from Taylor’s. What I am not having is one of the samples I had of the Numi teas.

Yesterday afternoon I made a pot of the Golden Chai. Ingredients are Assam Black Tea, Cinnamon,Cardamom, Ginger,Cloves. On opening the packet there was a vague smell of cinnamon.

After steeping it the recommended length of time I was hesitant to take a sip. There was almost no smell of a good chai. The first sip was really weak on flavor so I let it steep another minute. All in all it had very little flavor. I didn’t even finish it. I’m going to take a giant leap here and say I will not be having that again. No more trying the samples even.

I was very disappointed. Oh, well, at least I have about 5 other chai teas to try!

We went to a new place to eat last night. They just opened. The Black Bear Diner. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and PIE! Oh the beautiful pies and cobblers. And there was a bear claw bigger than my head! I tried the pecan encrusted trout with steamed vegetables and plain red skinned potatoes. The server was wonderful. He brought me actual room temperature water, used strictly Romaine on my side salad and was very helpful. I liked that they had an allergen section on the menu, which is huge and so are the portions! I will definitely go back there.

Any exciting plans for the week-end? It seems some of our UK folks are getting pounded with snow and cold so we hope they are safe and warm!

Enjoy your day, Be Nice, Drink Tea    xx Patricia








Good Tuesday Morning to you! Starting the day off with Taylor’s English Breakfast this morning. It looks a bit gloomy out the window. Yesterday was lovely with the sun coming out to stay and the temps warming up. Today it’s not cold, just gloomy, pre-rain mess.

In order to avoid making an entire cake which would not get eaten, we are discovering more and more mug cakes. They even sell the tiny mixes in the grocery now. Just add water and poof in the microwave and you’ve got a snack. This is portion control at it’s best! They also make wonderful individual desserts. If you haven’t tried one, they are surprisingly good.

Yesterday I spent the entire day on the phone with a government agency. All day. And tomorrow I’ll be there in person. News I’ll share later so as not to over think this too much. Lots of decisions between now and the first of March.

I received some new tea samples also and can’t wait to try them! Aged Earl Grey? Taking a wait and see approach. I hope your week is starting off well.

xx Patricia     Be kind. Make Tea. Relax.



Oh my what a gloomy Monday it is here. It rained overnight and the clouds are still hanging gray overhead.

We had to be at the OU Medical early this morning for OU Boy’s stress test. He couldn’t have his beloved sweet tea for 24 hours before. So I got him some Adult coloring books and markers and stuff to take his mind off of that. For a guy who goes through over a gallon a day it was tough!

I’ve been on the hunt for new teas for a few days now. This was a surprise and a very nice one at that.  Tazo Apricot Vanilla Creme. This would be a lovely tea to have with toast and apricot jam, or an apricot tart. It smells so nice. The apricot hits you in the nose right away and the vanilla is a smooth ribbon running throughout and it all comes together with the white tea beautifully. Perfect for Spring and Summer, I can see using this iced as well. Or you could make this lovely Vanilla infused naked cake….no words…

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Lately I’ve been feeling the need to shake things up a bit. I went on an adventure Saturday to the country, poking around for unique locations. Stepping out of my comfort zone. Then on a whim I decided I wanted to be a brunette, so yeah, that happened and the stylist cut a bunch of layers into it so now I’ve got curls all over my face, but we’ll see how I like it. I love playing with hair color. Unfortunately for some reason mine never takes. In a few weeks it will just wash down the drain and we’ll be back to blonde.

I hope everyone had a restful weekend and maybe some of you are off today, so have a good one!

xx Patricia

Tea with Jane Austen by Pen Volger

Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the world’s favorite novelists

Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes, and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Regency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks. In Jane Austen’s day, tea and cakes were usually served after dinner, or to evening guests, but these rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea. Recipes featured in the book include: English Muffins, based on the muffins served with after-dinner tea in “Pride and Prejudice”; Buttered Apple Tart as offered by Mr. Woodhouse to Miss Bates in “Emma”; and Jumbles, inspired by the cookies enjoyed by Fanny in “Mansfield Park”. From Plum Cake and Gingerbread to Ratafia Cakes and Sally Lunns “Tea with Jane Austen” has all the recipes you need to create the finest tea time treats, and the original recipes are given alongside, so you can compare them and appreciate modern time-savers such as dried yeast, and electric mixers all the more!

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Someone who knows me well sent me this lovely book. Full of delicious recipes for tea with or without Jane Austen. While I may not be a fan of her writing, I am a fan of this book!

Lovely pictures, stories and letters along with recipes which have been modernized which makes them very easy to prepare. I love this little book and I can see an entire tea with this theme! A great Book Club theme as well.

I hope this Thursday is treating you well. As I sit here sipping a huge mug of English Breakfast Tea from Taylor’s this morning, I noticed the weather button popped up with a high of 80 today. And I finally think I’m ready to get back out there and start running again. At least I’m going to try. It’s been a year since my first corneal surgery and I still have 11 stitches and probably have one more surgery, but I really feel the need to be out in nature, so we shall see.

xx Patricia

The Plague…Cough, Blow, Repeat..and a Bun!

Oh, Monday, here you are again. Here at the Pirate Nation we are in Day 5 of The Plague. I have had to change the batteries in the thermometer! I never even knew that was possible. There isn’t a lot we can do right now but cough, blow, throw off the cover, add more covers, drink soup, drink tea. I’ve found that most of the Spice teas help out the most. Warming you from the inside out.

Yesterday was a good day to be an Eagles fan! I was so happy for them and for Carson. NDSU Alum. But back to the plague. Yesterday I ran across a chart to tell what the color of your snot means. Yes, it was titled ‘Snot and what it means’. So now OU Boy is giving me updates on his snot. Which only makes me throw up. As I told him, I don’t care if you are sick. I only care that I am sick. So go to the store and get soup. 

And Lord bless him, he did. As he is putting things in the pantry I looked at him and asked, ‘How long are you planning on us being sick?’ I’ve never seen so much tomato soup and broth in my life! But we are not dead so that’s something!

He even brought me a hot chocolate and a vanilla cream filled bun shaped like a heart. It’s back to bed for us. Enough of this upright business.

Enjoy your day and for God’s sake wash your hands!!