The Downton Abbey Tea Truck hit the road today, despite the inclement weather, as the Brits say, making its first stop in Union Square. Loyal fans and curious passersby braved this morning's wintry mix to wait in line for the promise of some official tea of Downton Abbey and to pose for pictures in front of the Highclere Castle-wrapped truck.
A fan since the show first aired in the US in 2011, Carolina Prinzivalli arrived early to beat the line and experience the truck before starting her work day. "I'm most excited about Lady Mary and her new romantic prospects," Prinzivalli gushed, referring to the show's upcoming season. Despite a late start by the truck crew, Prinzivalli waited out other eager tea drinkers before eventually making the trek towards her office in Columbus Circle.
Costumed servers distributed Biscoff biscuits and piping-hot cups of English Rose Tea, the official tea of Downton Abbey. It's a caffeine-free brew with a "vibrant, ruby-red infusion of rose, raspberry and hibiscus," slightly sweet and pleasantly fragrant. It's one of three limited-edition Downton Abbey-inspired blends by The Republic of Tea. Others include the Downton Estate Tea, exclusively available at Cost Plus World Market, and the Grantham Breakfast Blend, a ginger-infused "full-bodied, malty Organic Assam black tea." The teas are sold in tins of 36 tea bags, with each tin featuring Downton Abbey Characters.
The truck will be in Union Square at East 14th Street and University Place until 7pm today. Can't make it? The truck can be found in different spots throughout Manhattan until Friday, December 13.
Monday, December 9
East 14th St. at University Place
Tuesday, December 10
6th Avenue between 40th & 41st Street
Wednesday, December 11
50th St. between 6th & 7th Avenue
Thursday, December 12
The New York Times Center, 41st St. between 7th & 8th Avenue
Friday, December 13
Broadway between 66th and 67th Street