Afternoon Tea Time in Athens

By Journey to Greece on April 22, 2016

British Tradition and Elegance in the Greek Capital

If you are a fan of all things elegant, then a seat at an afternoon tea awaits you at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens.  See just how quintessential British tradition has become a special local tradition in the heart of the Greek capital.

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Sophisticated Tea Traditions

Stately Greek columns, marble statues, period furniture, beautiful artwork, wooden paneling, raised ceilings and full fresh flower arrangements at the Grande Bretagne’s Winter Garden City Lounge merge into a refined ambience that evoke an air of timeless Europe, an atmosphere suited for “royal” service.

After settling in, you choose from a diverse selection of loose teas from around the world.  They are served in the proper way.  A complete tea service is laid out before you including silver tea pots, beautiful porcelain cups and silverware.  The teas are served with milk and sugar.

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Cream Tea Served

After you’ve relaxed with your tea, the tea service meal is presented. It’s served on a three-tiered stand placed at the center of your table.

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The bottom tier is the first course: savories.  These savory finger sandwiches include cucumber, egg mayonnaise with cress, smoked salmon with cream cheese and ham and mustard. The second course of warm scones fill the second tier. The top tier cradles the final course of sweets, including a colorful selection of bite sized cakes and macarons.

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Grande Bretagne Journey to Greece Athens

The stand is accompanied by dishes of fresh clotted cream and a variety of fruit preserves for the scones.  The presence of scones, clotted cream and jam at afternoon tea specifically originates from the West Country (Devon and Cornwall). This is specifically known as cream tea.

Along the course of the meal, the silver teapots are replenished with hot water.

Travel for Afternoon Tea

If you want to have tea when the British do, reserve a table between 4 and 6 p.m. With the selection of savories and sweets placed before you, you can see that afternoon teas are actually light meals. It’s a custom that evolved from the wealthier classes of England in the 17th century.  By the end of the 19th century, afternoon tea was for both the upper and middle classes. All proper British teas comprise of the same foods to enjoy, freshly cut sandwiches and baked snacks.

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Best Tea in Athens

In an oasis of European grace and an atmosphere of calm and quiet, Hotel Grande Bretagne offers an authentic and classic British food culture experience.

Have you ever sat down to a memorable afternoon tea in Britain or anywhere else around the world?

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