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May 9, 2011 10:52 AM

High Tea in DC

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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  1. 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.

    This link is a place for $25/person

    There are other recs, just do a search.

    1. 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.

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

      1. 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:
        $28 for Mayflower Tea
        $35 for Mayflower Royal Tea (includes a glass of champagne
        Traditional Afternoon Tea -- $39
        Afternoon Tea Libations (afternoon tea with aperitea sparkler or glass of champagne) -- $49

        Jefferson Hotel
        $39 Afternoon Tea
        $55 Champagne Tea

        Four Seasons:
        $40 Afternoon Tea
        $50 with champagne

        Henley Park Hotel:
        English Tea: $25
        Royal Tea: $30 (with a glass of kir royal)

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        1. re: WashDC33

          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.

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