People bemoan the lack of old manners and old customs, but these things still exist; you just need to look beyond the "common". I reserved afternoon tea for myself and my mother while on vacation in the Laurel Highlands.
Our hostess was very gracious and presented us with our menus – personalized for us! Our server brought us water and gave us some information about the type of tea we would be having that afternoon - Angel's Dream, which was a green and black tea blend with hints of maple and blackberry. Our server noted that it was her favorite, and we could see why!
Our first course was a plate of delicate, artfully-presented sandwiches that included chicken salad with grapes and lingonberries, egg salad with capers and dill, and toasted mushroom points. The second course was a scone with fruit preserves and clotted cream. (Clotted cream on a well-made scone really is one of life's great pleasures, incidentally.) Third course was a piece of lemon cake with sorbet, which was a lovely finish to our tea.
Everybody is in such a mad rush, all the time. Here, you can take your time...savor...and enjoy the little bites of heaven prepared especially for you. We seem to have forgotten how to relax in our fast-paced, modern world. It's wonderful that The Georgian Inn preserves the ritual of afternoon tea so well.
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