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Aug 21, 2009 05:21 PM

Afternoon high tea in the Dallas area?

I'd like to take my stepdaughters out for a "tea party" during the holiday season this year. Any suggestions for a place that serves a lovely afternoon high tea?

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  1. If I'm not mistaken, I believe the Adolphus, the Mansion and, quite possibly, the Crescent and the Ritz-Carleton all do "high tea".

    1. I've heard very nice things from several ladies about the Lavender House in McKinney - although don't know if they offer "high" tea or not.

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      1. re: CocoaNut

        Lavendou offers a French high tea with finger sandwiches , tea pastry and all the accouterments. 3:00 to 5:30 and costs 14.95

        Eden on Lovers offers a grand high tea with tea sandwiches, scones and muffins through September.

        High tea at the Adolphus is the mecca of high teas and is 3 to 5 daily. My sister raves about it. Heres a rip from their website:

        -- Served with these teas are the traditional cucumber and watercress sandwiches, and English scones topped with Devonshire cream and raspberry marmalade. The Adolphus pastry kitchen also prepares a selection of petit fours, opera cakes, fresh fruit tarts, miniature ├ęclairs, almond Madelines, and chocolate truffles. Each table is set with Villeroy and Boch china, fine silver, and crisp white linens. A pianist entertains tea guests at the ornately carved 1893 Steinway, a piano that once graced the New York home of the famed Guggenheim family. --

        Check their website for more detailed menu, its rather extensive.

        1. re: DallasDude

          And for the "youngsters" on the board, find any excuse to attend an evening or weekend occasion at the Adolphus to enjoy the truly grandeur experience of yesteryear's hotel elegance.

      2. Please do not perpetuate the mistake of combining afternoon tea with high tea!. An afternoon tea is what you are looking for with the dainty sandwiches and exquisite pastries. A "high" tea uses that word in the same sense that aged game is "high", and refers to a spread that is akin to a supper. For some reason somehwere the use of the word "high" was abducted and used erroneously as if it were an adjective such is in "high noon". I know few people care about these distinctions, caring enough to want to share a good experience with your family means you should be forewarned and forearmed. No disrespect intended or leveled.

        1. Lady Primrose in the Crescent Court is very nice.

          1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I look forward to previewing several of them before the holidays. The Adolphus sounds like an amazing place that definitely deserves a visit. Cher Martin, thanks for the clarification. I had no idea there was a distinction, and I do care to know things like that.