Friday, August 6, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Charleston Place Hotel

After our week in Hilton Head, we drove to Charleston, SC on Sunday for an overnight. 
We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Charleston Place Hotel.

I chose a pot of Harney and Sons First Flush Darjeeling, AJ had a Formosa Oolong and GJ had a Decaffeinated Ceylon.
The first course included four open-faced sandwiches — a cucumber, tomato and mozzarella on a baguette, a salmon and cream cheese with chives, artichoke and capers on rye, two southern pimiento cheese spinach wraps, and egg salad in a phyllo shell garnished with a sliced egg, chives and prosciutto.
The second course included fresh sliced strawberries, a crumpet, a raisin scone and a pistachio scone served with mock Devonshire cream, lemon curd and jam. 
The dessert course included a strawberry tart, a chocolate expresso gateau, a petite lemon cupcake with a blueberry drizzle, a pecan cookie, and a chocolate ginger tart.
GJ does not eat cholocate so they kindly substitued his chocolates with extras of the other desserts.  In addition, he was served a white chocolate molded birthday cake with "Happy Birthday" on it. 
The pianist who played melodies during tea, broke into a verse of Happy Birthday.  GJ could have dones without the birthday hoopla, but AJ and I enjoyed it.  

8 comments:

amherstrose said...

Happy Birthday to GJ!

What a wonderful Birthday Tea Celebration. The desserts sound especially yummy.

Hope you all enjoyed Charleston.
Did you happen to see our dear friend, Denise?

racheld said...

Linda,

I DO love all your adventures, and the way your family is so like mine---stepping right into the joy of the moment, enjoying special treats and journeys.

This looks like a wonderful vacation, and I'm so glad you invited us along!!

rachel

bennie and patsy said...

Happy Birthday GJ!

Bernideen said...

Yes....Happy Birthday GJ! A nice man and young man to take Linda to so many teas!

Lavender Cottage said...

You are so lucky to have your two men accompany you to tea - and they look like they're enjoying themselves.
I always enjoy the tea rooms you travel to and share with us.

parTea lady said...

Looks like a lovely birthday tea celebration. I had afternoon tea in the Thoroughbred Club at the Charleston Place on April 16/07. I remember that it was quite a masculine room, with its dark wood and equestrian theme - perfect for mans birthday tea.

They did serve some excellent teas. I purchased a tin of Taylors of Harrogate Imperial Tea Room tea from our server that day.

Marilyn said...

Those crumpets and strawberries look to die for. Oh my!

Angela McRae said...

Happy B'day to GJ, although I too would have wished for less hoopla if it were me! Glad to see a review of tea here. The pistachio scones sound like a good idea, and I don't think I see crumpets served in tea rooms too often! Fun time!

 

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