One thing I have truly embraced since living in the UK is high tea. Tea, cakes, petit sandwiches and biscuits. There is the delightfulness of relieving yourself from all that is stressful for just an hour or two and being in good company with little bits of indulgences. Here are c&é’s five favorite high-tea places in the United Kingdom, though there are many, many more.
Pennyhill is like a setting of a Jane Austen novel. A beautifully vine-covered luxurious house turned hotel that is set in the heart of Surrey’s gardens. It’s the ideal place to be in the summer as you can peruse through the hotel’s gardens. High-tea is served in the lounge finished with velvet and dark polish wood furniture exuding lavishness and beauty. Though what strikes my fancy is the chocolate and peanut mousse!
The Connaught is such a design treat. Built in the 1800s it attracted some of that time’s social and cultural elites and film stars from all over. Though restored, the hotel still holds its original finishings giving it a classic twist on modern interior design. I’m particularly keen on The Connaught becaue of their wide, unique selection of teas. Quite an array of choices lets you experience new things.
I have never been so swept away by a moment in life until visiting The Goring Hotel. As you probably have noticed from my recipe posts, I am so enthused by places and moments with familial resonance. The Goring Hotel, owned and managed by the Goring family for four generations reflects comfort in their service and all that they do. The Goring terrace, where Afternoon tea happens, is the perfect little spot for some of the best pastries and scones and jams you will have.
Situated in the banks of River Irwell, this hotel has some of the best cream cakes. A bit of a modern flair makes the experience more unique compared to the other choices. Manchester is a thriving city, and the Lowry Hotel is in the heart of it all.
One of Edinburgh’s stunning monuments, the Balmoral serves you the true Scottish experience. Focusing on scones, creams, tiffins, and cakes that emanates Scottish culture and gastronomic experience. It’s worth the visit when in Edinburgh. I may also be a bit biased since I did just reside in Scotland for a year… but I digress