I love Afternoon Tea. I find it very relaxing and it leaves me feeling pampered yet energized. In my quest to sample all local offerings, I have learned that Afternoon Tea is what you see above. High Tea is actually a supper meal. The closest location for Afternoon Tea is Trump National, however, it is served during regular lunch hours. Mar’sel at Terranea would be a perfect location (which I have suggested to management) but I have not seen any movement there yet. I have had to widen my circle out of Palos Verdes in my search for Afternoon Tea.
Yesterday, I had an excellent Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. It is my new favorite. Four of us drove to Beverly Hills on a Sunday morning and there was no traffic – love that. We had reservations for the noon seating and were taken to two facing love seats near the fireplace yet overlooking the garden. The little sandwiches were delicious. The scones were served with Devonshire cream, lemon curd and/or jams – all fabulous. The small-bite desserts were so flavorful and satisfying that you did not need more. Oh yes, the tea – we each chose a different pot of tea and shared. My favorite was the vanilla black tea. And when we left the hotel, a long line of limousines were picking up guests to take them to the Grammy’s. That added some excitement.
I have also enjoyed Afternoon Tea at Montage in Beverly Hills, The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Millennium Biltmore in LA, SLS Hotel in LA, Royal T in Culver City, The London West Hollywood and some locations out of state/country. You can see that I am very serious about my quest. Next on my list is the newly reopened Bel-Air Hotel, which I hear used to have a great Afternoon Tea. I am waiting for them to begin offering it again.