Sometimes you just need a high-falutin’ fancy day with some of your besties, and there’s nothing better than a genteel high-tea ceremony with tinkling china cups and too-pretty-to-eat cakes. Throw in some crustless finger sandwiches, lacy tablecloths and steaming pots of tea, and you have the perfect escape from everyday mortal life. Here are a few of the best places for High Tea in Seattle – so Pinkies Out, Ladies!
Most locals have never slept overnight in the Italian Renaissance beauty of the Fairmont Olympic hotel, but there’s no reason to bypass luxuriating in its amenities. The Georgian room with its dazzling chandeliers and Palladian windows puts on an elegant High Tea spread in the afternoon, complete with chef-made pastries, French macarons, petite cakes, sandwiches and scones accompanied by seasonal berries, raspberry rosewater jam and loose-leaf teas. You can also bring the kids for their own Children’s Tea service, which includes honey from the Fairmont Olympic’s rooftop aviary.
Queen Mary Tea Room
The Queen Mary Tea Room in the Ravenna neighborhood, just north of University Village, is aptly named for royalty and the British tea tradition. It’s honored with a listing in The Great Tea Rooms of America by author and tea expert Bruce Richardson, who says “If you want to feel like a Queen, this is the place to go.” English bone china teacups are a given here, steaming with mixtures such as almond cream black tea, organic chai rooibos and cherry marzipan green tea.
The menu rolls out with exquisite bites such as crumpets, creamy cakes, cranberry orange scones, chocolate Assam tea bread, smoked salmon, asparagus Swiss quiche and English cucumber with mint butter tea sandwiches. High tea is served all day.
(Tip: You can also partner with the Queen Mary to become an independent tea consultant with a title of Tea Queen.)
Drive just a few minutes around the northern tip of Lake Washington to find Graham’s RoyalTeaon the charming Bothell Main Street. This lacy Victorian-style venue is all about elaborate “tea sets” that you order ahead of time for specified “seatings,” making you feel like a duchess invited to the royal castle. Every seating includes access to the Royal Gown Room where you can borrow vintage attire, jewels, top hats, boas and tiaras. Little ones love having high tea in princess dresses or knight’s costumes.
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