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Tea—The Finale

January 10th, 2015 · 1 Comment · 100th Anniversary, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Foundation, Friends of the West Manchester Community Library, Government Documents, Local Author Series, Local History, Main Branch, Museum Passes, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch

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If you ever find yourself in London, England, try to go afternoon tea in one of the grand hotels. Reservations are required, dress is formal. Prices vary, Harrods Dept. 32 pounds, the Churchill Hotel on Oxford St. 30 pounds, the Metropolitan on Mayfair, 29 pounds and the Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington, 24 pounds.

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is known world-wide and is something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime. The venue is the Palm Court. The Palm Court epitomizes the elegantly frivolous comfort of late Victorian and Edwardian high life.   Tea is served daily, five sittings, two hours in length. Cost is 37 pounds per person. Dress is formal, proper shoes. Reservations are required, it is advisable to book 24 weeks in advance.   Photography and filming are not permitted. Music on the piano from Ian Gomes,     resident pianist performs classical favorites.

The Palm Court is on your left, in front of the old Piccadilly entrance. There is a mirrored backdrop and marble columns at the entrance to the room. The thick carpet shows no sign of wear. The glazed roof floods the room with light. The wrought iron chandeliers are like works of art with their painted metal flowers.

You are walked to your reserved table by a waiter wearing tuxedo tails. There is a helpful handbag shelf under each table. The chinaware is exclusive to the Palm Court, in a design of pale green and rose which complements the room. There are 17 types of tea, start with the Ritz Royal English Tea. This blend goes well the finger sandwiches. The sandwiches have classic fillings, smoked salmon, roast ham, chicken and of course cucumber sandwiches. These are served on very thin white and brown bread. There are raisin scones or if you prefer apple scones. These are served warm and with strawberry preserve and thick clotted cream. Lastly your cake stand will be placed on your table with a variety of small cakes. Your waiter will bring small plates and pastry forks. Then it ends.

Two additional items:

If you are celebrating a birthday and want a birthday cake, you must notify the hotel when making reservations. The cake will be an eight inch, two layer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting in a wide range of colors.

Do not tip your waiter.

Postscriptum: January is National Hot Tea Month.

 

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