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Jan 30, 2010 10:39 AM

High tea service in Philadelphia or nearby

Are there any restaurants in or around Philadelphia which offer an English-style high tea service in the afternoon? There used to be one in Chestnut Hill but it closed.

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    1. re: brentk

      Something with finger sandwiches, scones, and pastries. From my time in London, I understand that high tea is served somewhat later with more offerings. However, I would be grateful for any suggestions for mid to late afternoon tea service. Thanks.

      1. re: Kshell

        I was going to recommend one of the hotels and I came across this thread that should help you out.

        1. re: brentk

          Thanks for the thread, Brent! Some really good suggestions.

          1. re: brentk

            I didn't see it mentioned on the other thread, but XIX at the Bellevue does a lovely afternoon tea. Particularly nice in good weather when the doors are open or when you can sit on the terraces and enjoy the views.

      2. For afternoon tea, we have been to both the Four Seasons and the Rittenhouse. Both are good. We were thinking about it again this year. From the online menu, the Four Seasons has apparently reduced the selection of teas it offers. The Four Seasons had a harpist on our visit while the Rittenlhouse had a pianist. I don't think you can go wrong at either place. The difference between afternoon tea and high tea used to be that high tea was served to the workers while afternoon tea was for the upper class.

        1. Went with my family to tea at The Four Seasons on Boxing Day. The room is beautiful. It provides exactly what one would expect - 4 finger sandwiches, 2 scones and 4 mini pastries plus a pot of tea per person. The food and tea were fine if unremarkable. As with most such things, you are paying for the privilege, which at the Four Seasons runs about $30/pp.
          Another option outside the city is A Taste Of Britain in Wayne. They provide a full afternoon tea. It is less expensive but also likely more casual (which some may prefer).

          1. Does the Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building still do it? Anyone been recently?

            1. There is a place in Media (Delco) on South Jackson Street. Next to a restaurant named "House". They serve tea, scones lemon curd, etc. I do not recall the name and I have never had tea there. If you call "House" they could probably provide you with the name of the place. Let us know where you go.