60 years of Old Country Roses
Royal Albert
Celebrating Royal Alberts's most famous design

Royal Albert Art Director, Harold Holdcroft, created Old Country Roses in the early 1960’s with a design inspired by a 1921 Royal Albert archive pattern, King’s Ransom. Sixty years later, Old Country Roses is still as popular as ever and one of the world’s best selling fine bone china teaware collections, a nostalgic and quintessentially English pattern that took Harold Holdcroft a year to design. Reflecting on his work the designer said at the time “we decided to incorporate all the ingredients we knew would be acceptable, a richness and softness of colour, good quality materials and a romantic design chosen to appeal to everyone’s taste.”
Old Country Roses

Harold Holdcroft adds “all these elements are incorporated in the pattern which features lush deep red roses combined with delicate pink tea roses, an overall softening of the pattern is achieved by using a soft shade of green and the rich gold stipple trim gives the rose sprays a feeling of warmth and continuity.”

Old Country Roses was originally launched in 1962 and is now renowned for being synonymous with Royal Albert and regarded as an essential table accessory for any traditional English afternoon tea party.

Designed with a flamboyant flair associated with the design of the 1960’s and decorated with lustrous gold banding, the colourful pattern features a floral design depicting burgundy, pink and yellow roses and is inspired by a quintessentially English summer country garden in full bloom.

Old Country Roses is an extensive collection of over seventy pieces and includes many collectable items, ranging from a traditional three piece afternoon tea set consisting of a teapot, milk jug and sugar bowl, to almost every tableware item you will ever need to entertain in style.

The teaware collection includes a decadent three tier cake stand, a single cake stand and matching floral decorated cake slice, various sizes of side plates and dessert bowls perfect for indulgent treats, sandwich trays and oval serving plates for savoury surprises and for those who want to enjoy Old Country Roses any time of the day, the collection even includes a range of tableware suitable for every dining occasion.

Join the party and celebrate sixty years in style by bringing new life to a classic design.