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Royal wedding tea taking place in downtown
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If you can’t make it to London on Friday, April 29, to visit the queen or, more specifically, to be part of the crowd celebrating the royal wedding of Prince William to Katherine Middleton, head over to The Silver Teapot in downtown Manteca.

The Silva family – Bill and wife Marion and their daughter Heidi – will play host to a Royal Wedding Tea while visitors watch the nuptials on a flat-screen television inside the restaurant on Maple Street next to the barber shop and Tipton’s Gifts and Stationery.

“We’ll have a TV here so they can watch (the church ceremony), and we’re going to toast the couple,” said Marion Silva.

“It will be like a little bit of London right here in Manteca,” chimed in a smiling Heidi.

All three, who have owned and operated The Silver Teapot in the heart of the Family City’s business district, will be on hand to serve a taste of London from their different menu items to their customers.

The Silvas have even posted in the restaurant an “official” Royal Wedding Tea invitation that reads: “The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite you to VIEW the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales with Miss Catherine Middleton on Friday 29th of April 2011 at The Silver Teapot. Come TOAST the couple and enjoy an afternoon tea with a Royal Twist!”

The announcement goes on to say that the viewing of the royal wedding will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be replayed throughout the day until 4 p.m.

The Silver Teapot will have “Royal Wedding souvenirs” available for purchase as well.

To complete the royal experience, guests will be able to choose from a variety of menu offerings, among them: the four-course high tea called The Silver Tea which includes scone served with double devon cream, lemon curd or preserves, five assorted tea sandwiches, four assorted mini desserts, cheese platter served with crackers and your choice of tea from over 35 different loose teas; the Maid Marion’s Tea consisting of four assorted tea sandwiches, three assorted mini desserts, a platter of cheese with crackers, and your tea of choice. The Silver Teapot also offers a Penny Farthing Tea for children age 11 and under. It consists of fresh fruit garnish, four assorted tea sandwiches, three assorted mini sweets and their choice of hot chocolate or tea for a cost of $8.50 per child.

Many more high teas to come

Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday

The Royal Wedding Tea is just the appetizer as far as The Silver Teapot’s spring offerings are concerned. Coming up are events for Easter Tea on Saturday, April 23, which is by reservations only, and a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, respectively, starting at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.

For the Easter Tea, visitors are encouraged to “don your Easter bonnet, put lots and lots upon it, strut your stuff…, and you could win a prize.” There will be prizes awarded for the best decorated Easter bonnet at each seating, with separate categories for adults and children. Seating will be at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Silver Teapot is also available for baby showers, bridal showers, and children’s birthday parties.

While its main offering is tea service, The Silver Teapot is more than just that. It is also a boutique for unique things, such as custom all-occasion cards featuring a line of photographs taken by Bill Silva in England where he was stationed at one time as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He is now retired from the military. But when he came back to America, he brought along with him a large part of the Old Country – his bride, Maid Marion.

In a back corner of The Silver Teapot also is a room where one can browse and shop for a wide variety of gifts, home décor, knickknacks, and collectibles at reasonable prices. Many others are scattered throughout the business establishment, doing double-duty as background visual ambience for tea visitors.

The Silver Teapot Tea Parlour & Gift Bou”tea”que is located at 118 N. Maple Street in downtown Manteca. Tea room hours are 11 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; by appointment on Sunday. Last seating for high tea is at 4 p.m. The gift shop is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events, call The Silver Teapot at (209) 824-8700. You can also follow the traditional British Tea Room by logging on to