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Fans brave the cold for some 'Downton' tea in NYC

Dec. 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM ET

Lines were long at the Downton truck, which parked in NYC to promote the show's upcoming season.
Christine Giardina & Kristen Jantonio
Lines were long at the Downton truck, which parked in NYC to promote the show's upcoming season.

Lines were long for English afternoon tea, Downton-style.

People dressed as 1920's maids served free tea and crumpets from the elaborately decorated truck parked in New York City this week, complete with images of Highclere Castle and the cast from the popular PBS television series.

A server dressed in his Downton finest hands out tea from the NYC truck.
Christine Giardina and Kristen Jantonio
A server dressed in his Downton finest hands out tea from the NYC truck.

Fans braved the cold weather for photo ops set against the truck's backdrop and a free, hot cup of tea — an English Rose blend created especially to give fans a taste of Downton.

The truck dispensed cups of an English Rose blend.
Christine Giardina & Kristen Jantonio
The truck dispensed cups of an English Rose blend.

But the steamier subject, even almost 11 months after the season finale, was the show's cliffhanger.

After they got their cups of tea, folks could pose against the truck's scenic backdrop.
Christine Giardina & Kristen Jantonio
After they got their cup of tea, folks could pose against the truck's scenic backdrop.

"Everything is brilliant," said one visitor. "I want to know what happens to Mary after Matthew."

Season four of "Downton Abbey" premieres Sunday, January 5th on PBS.

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