Classic High Tea - 5 December 2021
Report and photos Jim Paterson
From across Scotland - members from near and far
Our annual get together of club members and enthusiasts for a
pre-Christmas high tea at the
Royal George Hotel in Perth attracted over 30 members. From across
Scotland our members made the trip and duly followed the Covid
constraints in place. We enjoyed our meal and once again the famous
Royal George meringues, the largest, tastiest meringues on the
over 30 members on the 'entry list', the Royal George Hotel in Perth
had to give us one of their larger dining rooms, partly because I asked
as its a great room, and partly to allow sufficient spacing between
gathered as usual in the bar area (where else?) chatting over some of the past
years events (Ed; 'well that wouldn't take long'!), and catching up with the latest updates to our
classics. Soon Jim Paterson called for all crews to 'start their engines' and head for the dining room.
thanked everyone for coming, given the uncertainty of ever changing
restrictions. With the new variant 'Omicron' on the rise we thought a
lockdown might catch us out. Fortunately not as it turned out. Jim
then made a special thanks to Dave Spence, who was unable to join us
due to health reasons, but is one of the club's 'stars', designing and
drafting lots of our roadbooks. In addition he designed our two virtual
events La Carrera Lockdown and the later La Carrera Pandemica, both
well attended by enthusiasts from not only the UK, but across
were shown the annual
review video of the years events, though somewhat shorter than
normal this year. Time to tuck in and the meals came rolling in
to the delight of everyone. The quality of the main courses was superb,
best steak pie I've tasted in a long time. none of that puff pastry
topping that explodes as soon as you put a knife or fork near it, and
the amount of lean steak inside was amazing, all in a rich gravy.
But that was not all. The 3 tier cake stands arrived with scones, butter and jam, and creamed scones
topped with a strawberry, with
fresh pots of tea and coffee. We all know the Royal George Hotel make
wonderful Meringues, but this year they excelled themselves. Not only
were they bigger and better, it was a challenge to work out how to eat
them. This was no ordinary food this was a work of art, to borrow a
well known supermarket slogan!
A few well creamed faces soon
appeared as the various methods of attack unfolded. The 'Stuka' or dive
bomber straight into the strawberry and cream was tried by more than
one person. Exploding meringues covered most tables, though we saved a
few for those unable to be with us for the event.
Lots of chat and tall tales were told. A great way to
end our year.
back to the bar we continued our conversations over the 2022 calendar
with some good ideas to add to the clubs current events for next year.
Watch this space to see what we finally come up with.
we wish ALL our members and everyone who is a classic car enthusiast, a
very merry Christmas and a really good fun Classic New Year.
Updated 13 December