The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia Debuts Elegant Saturday Afternoon High Tea Service This Fall

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia resides in a neoclassical building, originally the Girard Trust Building, and makes for an extremely romantic destination. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Care for a spot of tea?

High tea was once a mainstay of civilized dining, and The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia would love to see to it so Philadelphians and visitors can always experience the leisure of lounging over a pot of tea, with a side of finger sandwiches and scones, of course.

A service offered at many other Ritz properties and, as Afternoon Tea Specialist Jeffrey Hattrick says, a cornerstone of the Ritz-Carlton dining culture, high tea returns to the Philadelphia Ritz this fall.

Beginning Saturday, September 5 and continuing every Saturday in September and October, a three-course afternoon tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will be available in two seatings each week.

A proper tea time, the full tea includes a glass of champagne, a choice of Rishi Organic Tea — black, chai, oolong, green, white or herbal — a selection of composed finger sandwiches, traditional scones and house-made pastries for $43 per person. For another $20 per person, the champagne flows in unlimited quantities.

Note that space is limited, with seatings at noon and 3 p.m. each Saturday, and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. For reservations or additional information, email The Ritz-Carlton.

Soon, the entire property will see a renovation, so much more is in store for this key Philadelphia hotel.

For now, let’s take some tea.

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

When: September 5-October, noon and 3 p.m.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts
Cost: $43-$63 (plus tax and gratuity) per person

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  1. Afternoon tea was a mainstay of upper crust British society not high tea. High tea was for the middle and lower classes who were working and, therefore, could not partake in afternoon tea. “High tea” occurred in the later afternoon and refers to the high tables eaten at…

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