The poshest of all afternoon nibbles and an absolute MUST if your schedule allows, High Tea will have even the least dainty individual feeling like quite the lady! I’ve had a few afternoon teas and once treated my mom to Peacock Alley in D.C. but the magical treats created by The Berkley’s pastry chefs make an afternoon spent at Prêt-à-Portea absolutely unforgettable!
Afternoon tea became popular in polite British society in the mid-1800s and originally served to ladies climbing the social ladder. It’s purpose was to stem hunger until the late 8 pm meal. It was Queen Victoria who further popularized the mid-afternoon snack composed of delicately cut finger sandwiches, jams and pastries. Today, Afternoon Tea is a form of celebration for birthdays or special events.
For Justin and me, it was a just a Monday but we celebrated anyway. We booked the fancy tea knowing we would be served three courses paired with several teas. The first course comprised of gazpacho, the second sandwiches (gluten free options are available), but the real treat would be our final course! All made to look like classic designer pieces: they chefs created a vanilla Burberry trench coat, Louboutin hell and the list goes on. We tried our best to behave, sip our champagne and nibble the cookies while holding back giggles over the cuteness of it all.
If you are girlie or want to pretend to be, this is the place for you! TWO TIPS: book your tea online in advance and don’t eat all your cookies. The staff will politely box the remaining designer wear for you to take home.