The tea was a success across all four generations. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more (my mom). The food was more than plentiful and absolutely delicious. It started with a plate of 6 savory sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon, asparagus tart, radish & lemon on crustini (delish!!), fig & procuito, chicken salad in puff pastry) after that I was already full... don't worry that didn't stop any of us. Then there were honey cakes with lavender, blueberry & lemon scones, chocolate cake, truffles, pink grapefruit tarts & green tea shortbread... all with lemon curd, devonshire cream & raspberry jam. It was ridiculous. We ate until we could burst and still had plenty to bring home to Baby.
They had us all choose our teas by smelling the different varieties. I have been to a couple of formal teas before but have never done this... it was the perfect way to pick exactly the right flavor. I hadn't really thought about the tea part until we got there (focusing mostly on the tiny sandwiches & cakes) and then I was worried that Kid might not really like tea and wasn't sure how disappointing that would be. That was before I smelled the Mayan Chocolate Truffle tea which when mixed with sugar and milk tasted a lot like hot chocolate. She loved it... and especially enjoyed adding the sugar cubes.
Kid enjoyed the plate of finger sandwiches and then the plate of "kid friendly" sandwiches they brought up fearing she wouldn't like the grown up fare. They vastly underestimated her sophisticated palate but she didn't mind. She ate her smoked salmon, cucumber, chicken salad & mini quiche and then delighted in the ham & cheese, ants on a log, and pb & j... which she told me was just how she liked it... on white bread.
It was a fantastic afternoon with views looking over the bucolic cow pastures of the estate with the cloud covered mountains in the distance. Kid is the perfect age for this... she was in awe of it all and felt really special. If you happen to be up for the experience reserve a window table... that's what I intend to do for Mother's Day... when Kid and I will go back for a little tete á tete. It's a whopping $22 a person but... trust me... you are actually getting $22 worth of food and then some. You won't need to eat again that day. Not to mention the good sized doggy bag you'll likely bring home.