T48: The Light-Dining Group
What is T48?
Tea-For-Eight is for those who enjoy daytime dining with a small, friendly group of others in establishments such as bistros, cafes, patisseries.
The types of establishment we usually visit are so small that they would be overwhelmed by too many people needing to be served together, so attendance is limited to eight. Occasionally, meetings are held in establishments which are able to cater for larger groups: for these, the limit might be increased to more than eight.
When and where are meetings held?
Typically, there are two meetings per month -one of which is a lunch held immediately prior to our U3A's monthly meeting and only a short walk away, somewhere in the Southgate area. Other dates and areas are announced a month or so in advance so that members can pencil them into their calendars.
Precise details of the venue are circulated to our main mailing list between 1 and 2 weeks before each meeting.
Wherever possible, venues are chosen that are convenient for the 121, 299 or 329 bus routes or for the tube.
Types of meeting
Most meetings are arranged as one of two types:
- Book-In-Advance Meetings
For these, members need to book with the organiser, by a deadline which is a few days before the meeting. Booking is closed once the limit has been reached.
- Drop-In meetings
For these, there is no need to book in advance: just turn up if the mood takes you. It is guaranteed that someone will be there during a specified core-time, so anyone turning up then will have company.
Types of meal
These are usually arranged on a drop-in basis, at round about 11:00. For some venues, it might be necessary to book in advance.
Usually, these are book-in-advance.
The pre monthly-meeting lunches are not just for those going to the monthly meeting: all T48 members may book, even if not going.
- Afternoon/High Tea
The terms “Afternoon Tea” and “High Tea” mean different things to different people, and some use them interchangeably. For the sake of clarity, so far as T48 is concerned:
- “ Afternoon Tea” means the traditional meal of savories, scones and cake, with a pot of tea.
- “High Tea” is the afternoon equivalent to Brunch. Think omelettes or salad.
These are drop-in whenever allowed by the venue, but are often book-in-advance.
- Coffee & Cake
A mid-afternoon refresher, always arranged on a drop-in basis, usually in a patisserie. Don’t take the title too literally: it could be tea, could be a sandwich -it's up to you.
Bringing a non-member guest
Accompanied guests who are not members of PGS U3A are always welcome at drop-in meetings.
For book-in-advance meetings there will need to be space for them within the limit. Members take priority.
How to join
(There are currently 3 vacancies on our mailing list)
If you are a PGS U3A member, just click on the "Click to send a message!" pigeon and ask the T48 Co-ordinator, Roger Lovegrove, to put you on the mailing list.
If you are not a member of PGS U3A but are thinking about becoming one then, as a taster to see what you think of us, you might be able to come along to one of T48's meetings provided permission is obtained first. Click on the pigeon to ask.