We stopped at the Palm Court at The Balmoral to sample their award-winning afternoon tea. They offered a large selection of various loose-leaf teas, pastries, and coffee.
When you arrive, you immediately feel like royalty. It is the perfect place for a romantic moment. Notes of antique elegance seem to gleam everywhere the eye turns. There was a gentleman playing the harp off a balcony in the tearoom, setting the stage for what would be a perfect afternoon.
We were attended to by Daniel from Portugal and Julia from Catalan. They were professional and elegant, making it a special moment for us there.
Instead of a 3-tier platter, the Palm Court serves 5 separate courses for the afternoon tea. Each course was provided with a tea which best complemented the item served. If we didn’t like the tea for some reason, we could simply choose another from their extensive list.
The soup on the first course was amazing. Daniel poured the tea from one pot to another to stop the steeping process. His attention to detail was immaculate. Then came the warm scones, with homemade marmalade and incredible butter. Small sandwiches came next, then a selection of desserts, and finally a small orange sherbet ice cone and treats to take home.
We spent a total of 4 hours just absorbing the entire atmosphere. With chocolate pieces of heaven, a blueberry and lemon pastry to die for, and so much more, I can hardly believe I was able to eat so much!
I am also excited to announce that Julia is going to write for LingoHut in the near future. She took journalism courses and will be writing a few posts for us soon.