Bring tea and biscuits to the Mostly British Film Festival.

Welsh cakes, a perfect addition to a tea picnic menu. Photo: James Allen, public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

While not within the San Jose city limits, the Mostly British Film Festival in San Francisco is a fun-sounding, and definitely tea-friendly event to attend, about an hour’s drive away.  Featuring films made in the U.K. and Australia within the last 30 years, it’s also a fairly affordable way to entertain yourself in The City, if you don’t count dinner and parking costs!  Bring a tea party picnic of British foods, with a Thermos of hot tea with milk and sugar, and you can keep to your budget by eating in the car or on a park bench nearby.  You can put together a bunch of classic tea savories like sausage rolls, egg salad, cucumber and watercress and smoked salmon sandwiches, or you can go to one of San Jose’s British pubs and order some pub food to go.  Make sure to bring some biscuits (cookies) or cakes to have with your tea!  British pubs in San Jose include:

Britannia Arms, Almaden
5027 Almaden Expy
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 266-0550

Britannia Arms, Downtown
173 W. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 278-1400

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
355 Santana Row
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-1706

Trials Pub
265 N. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 947-0497

The Mostly British Film Festival will be held at the Vogue Theater in San Francisco, and will run through February 12, 2011.  Featured films include: “Gallipoli” – an Australian WWI story with a young Mel Gibson, “Glorious 39” – a British WWII drama, and Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, “Dorian Gray,” with Colin Firth in a lead role.  General admission is $12.50 per film.  Parking is available a block from the theater at 3200 California St.

Vogue Theater
3290 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-2288

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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