The Brits, who have incorporated tea drinking into their cultural identity since the 18th century, establishing the drink as a national beverage, seem to prefer tea with milk and a little sugar every afternoon, without fail, ahead of the main meal of the day.
At the Grande Bretagne, the renowned Athens luxury hotel located at Syntagma Square, tea is served every afternoon between 12:00 and 20:00 as a ritual that faithfully maintains service standards befitting nobles, ladies of the court, and lords.
Over 16 tea varieties and herbs such as English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Earl Grey déthéiné, Darjeeling, Granny’s Garden, China Mao Feng, White Yin Long, Superior Oolong, Vanilla Roοibos, Camomile, and Assam, among others, are served at the establishment’s Winter Garden City, an extension of the luxury hotel’s historic lobby. The tea is sided by fluffy scones, essential accompaniment for the tea ritual, along with rich clotted cream, buttery and unsweetened. The cream is topped with one of the homemade marmalades – strawberry, apricot, or cherry – produced daily by the pastry chef. Multi-colored macarons, an assortment of sweets, lemon pies, profiteroles, savoury selections and sandwiches made with soft white bread and filled with a light cream cheese or roast beef, also accompany the tea.
As this is not just an ordinary experience at a typical lounge but an authentic and prestigious tea ritual, interested parties may consider treating loved ones, at a price of 58 euros for two, through the hotel’s online store.
A series of products and services for loved ones, carrying the emblematic hotel’s signature, can also be found on this web page. Selections may be sent to recipients all over the world, as packaged gifts. The Grande Bretagne has entrusted certain esteemed Greek producers for their exceptional traditional products, such as honey, marmalade, tea, vinegar, and, naturally, olive oil, which may now be purchased at the hotel’s food corner or online store.
“The Grande Bretagne has entrusted certain esteemed Greek producers for their exceptional traditional products, such as honey, marmalade, tea, vinegar, and, naturally, olive oil”