is served two ways
~A La Carte~
come in for a cup of tea and a pastry anytime we are open, no reservation needed.
~Full Service Teas~
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Tuesdays & Thursdays,
3 o'clock and 4 o'clock
Saturday & Sunday, 1 seating
with a reservation only
A medium pot of tea (regular or decaffeinated)
Can be substituted for coffee
served with butter & jam
Full Service Set Teas
Monday, Wednesday & Friday ~ 3 pm
Tuesday & Thursday ~ 3 pm & 4 pm
Saturday & Sunday ~ 2 pm
with reservations only
A medium pot of tea
Tea scones served with butter, jam, lemon curd & clotted cream
A nibble of cookies & fruit
A large pot of tea
Assorted Finger Sandwiches
Tea Scone served with butter, jam, lemon curd and clotted cream
A selection of cookies, cake & fruit
*Full Afternoon Tea shared by two people with an additional scone for $30.
Each additional person after that is $15 pp.
Afternoon Tea or High Tea?
Afternoon Tea Basics
Afternoon tea, also known as "low tea," is what most people think of when they hear "high tea." It involves things like manners, lace and dainty foods. It is typically served in the mid-afternoon and it was traditionally served on low tables, hence its two names.
Afternoon tea was considered to be a ladies' social occasion.
High Tea Basics
Traditionally, high tea was a working class meal served on a high table at the end of the workday, shortly after five PM. It was a heavy meal of meat dishes (such as steak and kidney pie, fish dishes (such as pickled salmon), baked goods (such as crumpets or, in Singapore, chicken curry puffs, vegetables (such as potatoes or onion cakes), and other heavy foods (such as baked beans and cheesy casseroles).
High tea was more of a working class family meal than an elite social gathering.
A Brief History of Afternoon Tea
Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford. Around this time, gas or oil light was introduced in wealthier homes, and eating a late dinner (around eight or nine PM) became fashionable. At the time, there were only two meals each day -- a mid-morning, breakfast-like meal and the other was an increasingly late dinner-like meal.
The story goes that the Duchess found herself with a "sinking feeling" (likely fatigue from hunger during the long wait between meals) and decided to have some friends over for assorted snacks and tea (a very fashionable drink at the time). The idea of an afternoon tea gathering spread across high society and became a favorite pastime of ladies of leisure. Later, it spread beyond the highest elites and became more accessible for some other socioeconomic groups.