The Complete Table: An English Classic

An English Classic

Royal Albert’s Old Country Roses is the best-selling bone china pattern in the world.

In 1962, the Royal Albert Company introduced a new china pattern inspired by an English country garden abloom with roses. It hoped Old Country Roses would prove to be popular among brides and matrons and mothers and daughters alike. Those hopes came true, and in the 53 years that have followed, the company has produced more than 150 million pieces. Today, it is considered the best-selling fine bone china pattern in the world.

With its signature clusters of burgundy, pink, and yellow roses set against the pearlescent translucence of delicate English bone china, Old Country Roses has been a particular favorite of tea lovers for many years. (We know of more than one tearoom that sets its tables with the pattern.) The fluted curves of the teapot are practically an invitation to tea.


  1. Am I incorrect in thinking that the coffee cup should be placed to the right of the utensils on the right instead of above the knife where the water glass is normally placed?


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