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sjm54 May 9, 2011 10:52 AM

A friend of mine and her 93 year old mother will be visiting from Florida this week, and I'd like to take them to a nice tea somewhere. I've heard the Willard is very good, but it is also a bit pricey for me, since it's my treat. What about the Hay-Adams or anywhere else? I know Blue Duck does a tea. Anyone been to that? The only requirement is that there is either valet parking or an easy drop-off place so the 93 year old doesn't have to walk far. Many thanks.

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    anchor May 27, 2011 05:49 AM

    Recently had a wonderful high tea at the Jefferson. The setting is amazing, the tea is great and I can't recommend it enough.

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      WashDC33 May 12, 2011 09:05 AM

      I did some research a while back on this -- copied and pasted below (prices are accurate as of Dec. '10). The Willard is very nice. Four Seasons is good (though the last time I went was probably 6-7 years ago), but a bit stuffy in my opinion. I think that the Mayflower is great -- good tea and snacks and lovely atmosphere -- and a bit more economical. I've also been to the Henley Park Hotel (the least expensive of the bunch), but it was kind of a weird atmosphere (and not as great tea).

      Mayflower Hotel:
      http://marriottmodules.com/restaurant/hotels/hotel-information/travel/wassh-renaissance-mayflower-hotel/mayflower_cafe_promenade/menus/tea
      $28 for Mayflower Tea
      $35 for Mayflower Royal Tea (includes a glass of champagne
      )
      Wilard
      http://washington.intercontinental.com/food-drink/peacock-alley-tea
      http://washington.intercontinental.com/files/pdfs/Afternoon_Tea_2010.pdf
      Traditional Afternoon Tea -- $39
      Afternoon Tea Libations (afternoon tea with aperitea sparkler or glass of champagne) -- $49

      Jefferson Hotel
      http://www.jeffersondc.com/media/docs/greenhouse_tea_web_17_9.pdf
      $39 Afternoon Tea
      $55 Champagne Tea

      Four Seasons:
      http://www.fourseasons.com/washington/weddings/menus_and_catering/afternoon_tea/
      $40 Afternoon Tea
      $50 with champagne

      Henley Park Hotel:
      http://www.henleypark.com/coeur_de_li...
      English Tea: $25
      Royal Tea: $30 (with a glass of kir royal)

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      1. re: WashDC33
        Mulan May 12, 2011 03:29 PM

        I walked into the Four Seasons Georgetown a month ago and they told me they no longer held regular afternoon teas. I'm wondering if the web page is referring to an afternoon tea in the context of holding a wedding or special catering event.

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        Flaxen_Vixen May 11, 2011 08:33 AM

        For a slightly different take on tea try Ching Ching Cha in Georgetown - it's a Chinese tea house and you can drop the 93 year old off curbside then park underneath Georgetown Park mall directly across the street. Their "tea meal" is delicious.

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        Ching Ching Cha
        1063 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste B, Washington, DC 20007

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          MrsWheatie May 9, 2011 01:16 PM

          I assurme you mean afternoon/low tea; manners, lace and dainty foods. Where as high tea is more like a family meal served after work.

          http://coffeetea.about.com/od/historyculture/a/High-Tea-Vs-Afternoon-Tea.htm

          This link is a place for $25/person

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750866

          There are other recs, just do a search.

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