Palm Beach

February 20, 2012

Traditional English Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Hotel Palm Beach

Click here to read about my Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Palm Beach 

The Chesterfield Palm Beach takes guests on a daily journey to a time and place of quiet etiquette and sublime refinement with its Afternoon Tea; served daily from 3-5pm.

Afternoon tea, is a small meal snack typically eaten between 2pm and 5pm. The custom of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1840s. At the time, the various classes in England had a divergence in their eating habits. The upper classes typically ate lunch at about midday and dinner at 8:00 pm or later, while the lower classes ate dinner at about 11:00 am and then a light supper at around 7:00 pm. For both groups, afternoon tea filled a gap in the meals.”

High tea is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 7pm. High tea typically consists of a hot dish such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, or macaroni cheese, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam.”

Traditional English Afternoon Tea, $25 per guest

  • Egg Salad with Whole Grain Mustard on Rye
  • Sliced Chicken with Arugula and Herb
  • Cucumber with Butter and Mayonnaise on White
  • Smoked Salmon with Dill Cream Cheese on Rye

Freshly baked scones served warm from the oven with preserves and Devonshire Cream. Also served with the Traditional English Afternoon Tea is an assortment of confections and pastries; guests have their choice of  freshly brewed tea and for the non tea drinkers coffee is available.

Cream Tea, $18 per guest
Freshly baked Scones served warm from the oven with preserves and Devonshire Cream. Accompanied with an assortment of confections and pastries and guests’ choice of tea or coffee.

A Spot of Tea, $15 per guest
Two freshly baked Scones served warm from the oven with preserves and Devonshire Cream served with freshly brewed tea or coffee (for non tea drinkers)

Tea Choices at the Chesterfield Palm Beach
Guests have their choice of the finest selection of freshly brewed international tea leaves served in the traditional manner.

English Breakfast
Earl Grey (China)
Orange Pekoe
Green Tea

Decaffeinated Teas
English Breakfast

The Chesterfield Palm Beach is located on Cocoanut Row in Palm Beach Florida. Call (561) 659 5800 for Afternoon Tea reservations.

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  1. Editor

    L- sorry to hear about your less than memorable time having Afternoon Tea at The Chesterfield Hotel. I passed your comments on to the management at The Chesterfield, as they should be aware of your experience.

  2. L Hamilton

    We just had Afternoon Tea there and it was horrible! The tea was weak, not hot and never refreshed….and they only offered 5 different types. Our Server brought over the 3-tier platter and the sandwiches looked like a kid made them…loads of bite-sized “sweets” and 5 minutes later her brought us each 1 scone. We sat down at 3:00 and they were done serving us at 3:30.
    Don’t waste your money. Their Afternoon Tea was nothing special. The Service was terrible. No Atmosphere.
    Gone are the days of the Art of Tea Service at the Chesterfield Hotel.

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