There is a wonderful tea room, A Taste of Britain, near where I live and it is a favorite lunch spot with friends. Although they make wonderful scones, tea sandwiches and offer a lovely selection of loose leaf teas, their soups and salads are outstanding and what I usually order. Recently I enjoyed a delicious broccoli-bacon-gruyère soup that was out of this world! Thick and creamy with a hint of smokiness from the bacon, it was memorable. I tried to recreate it here. My version has no cream with the thickness coming from giving the soup a whirl in the blender. Use a good melting cheese such as gruyère or aged cheddar. Finish the soup with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and grated cheese. Soup’s on!