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If you suddenly found yourself craving tea and crumpets after binging “Bridgerton,” you’re not alone. But where does one get British-style Afternoon Tea in Austin?
Before we tell you the “where” let’s clear some things up before Lady Whistledown makes a mockery of us. There is a clear difference between “Afternoon” and “High Tea.”
Afternoon Tea is a British food tradition of sitting down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones, and cake. This tea is served around 4 p.m.
As opposed to the afternoon tea, which is traditionally served on low, comfortable, parlor chairs or relaxing in the garden, after-work high tea is served at the table while seated on high back dining chairs. High Tea also includes more meal like foods.
High Tea is often incorrectly used in reference to that which happens casually in the afternoon but don’t worry, Austin, we know the difference! And so do the following places.
Here is where you can get a proper Afternoon Tea “Bridgerton” style right here in Austin:
Hotel Ella | 1900 Rio Grande
Hotel Ella is housed in a historic building near UT Austin featuring pillars and lush greenery that make it seem more like an 18th century English estate – the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea! The hotel was even voted ‘the place to stay in Austin” by UK’s The Telegraph!
Located inside Hotel Ella is Goodall’s. The local bistro serves a delightful weekend tea service from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Their Afternoon Tea features a selection of organic Austin-based Zhi Teas and an assortment of traditional tea sandwiches, pastries, and confectionery sweets.
It’s all very posh and a must if you’re looking for a tea service fit for a duchess!
Reservations are required with a minimum 48 hours notice, and may be pre-purchased online via Tock.
Fluff Meringues and More | 4800 Burnet Road
Fluff Meringues and More is an adorable fusion of a British patisserie with the quirky, modern American spirit!
Indulge yourself in the best of British traditions with a Fluff twist! They offer two options for Afternoon Tea: Light and Full.
With the Light Tea, guests can enjoy a selection of scones with homemade clotted cream & seasonal jams, and a delectable selection of assorted house pastries. If you are seeking something more, try the Full Tea which includes an additional curated selection of cheese and charcuterie!
The best part? You can get your tea service to go! Surprise a loved one, or keep it all to yourself to enjoy at home (while you rewatch “Bridgerton”).
Tea service is offered at any time throughout the day and on all days that they are open. Reservations are not required, but are highly recommended.
We may not be Lady Whistledown but we sure did spill the tea on the best places to get Afternoon Tea in Austin!
Featured photo via Netflix.