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HK in elegance – The noble traditions of English afternoon tea

Tea comes from China, and it has been used as a spiritual drink that calms the mind for quite a long time in its birthplace. For the Chinese, tea comes as an artistic means of comforting our troubled, worldly mind. Upon arrival at Britain, tea has evolved to become something different – something more elegant and luxurious. In England, tea is about noble etiquettes and table manners, appearing on tables of all decent, regal occasions that open to ladies and gentlemen.

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The English tea culture is nothing less than the well-acclaimed English afternoon tea. Originated from the mid-19th century England during the Victorian Era, English afternoon tea has been noble’s leisure culture – elegant and sophisticated. Every bit of the afternoon tea indulges tea drinkers with a sense of the English nobility, giving rise to the privileged pleasure of sight and taste.

Darjeeling tea, Ceylon tea, and Earl Grey make the best choices for English afternoon tea. But it is more than tea drinking, as delicate refreshments arranged on a triple-layered stand are indispensable. In traditions, these refreshments include small cakes, sandwiches and English scones. We should start with the lower layer first, that is, with the less sweet and the less strong first.

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Hong Kong, a former British colony, well inherits and celebrates the noble traditions of the English afternoon tea culture. Traces of this English tea legacy can be found in Hong Kong. Traditional or innovative as it emerges on tables, the English afternoon tea never loses its nobility and elegance.

The Lobby, the Peninsula

The Peninsula honours the English noble traditions, offering classic English afternoon tea with elegance and at its finest. The Victorian-style lobby décor is sumptuous, graceful and refined, capturing people’s eyes in pursuit of aesthetics and exquisiteness. On the elaborate triple-layered stand are all classic English afternoon tea refreshments; next to it finds the finest tea-ware and the most premium black tea. Sipping a mouth of tea, and savouring the scrumptious flavour of snacks, you will have a moment of English nobility, while engaging in companionship.

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Classic triple-layered stand
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Elegant lobby environment

G/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong

While the Peninsula celebrates the afternoon tea traditions, the InterContinental adds some innovations upon traditions. The core triple-layered stand still consists of three layers but in different style that does not reduce any bit of elegance. InterContinental offers a wider variety of refreshment, not confined to the classic sandwiches and English scones. Refined in simplicity is the lobby décor, without too much elaborate detail. Despite simplicity, the exclusive noble hint is never harmed or diminished.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-5Unique triple-layered stand

Lobby level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Verandah

The Verandah situates in the Repulse Bay, far away from city centre and nestled in oceans and trees. Sitting at the table, and amid the picturesque natural landscape, you will first enjoy the beautiful presentation of the afternoon tea set with eyes, then its delicate flavour with tongue. Tea in the teacup shows an elegant colour, while giving out a unique aroma that scents with the most polished refinement. Sipping it in, it is the taste of leisure and nobility. Green trees, profound ocean blue, together with the finest black tea and snacks – make the exclusive combination and tea experience of the Verandah.

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The Verandah courtyard

109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay

Extended reading: The origin of English afternoon tea

There are a lot of stories about the origin of the English afternoon tea. But no matter how the story goes, it always goes to the regal and the noble.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-7Tea get-together among Victorian noble ladies

According to legend, the person who brought the afternoon tea into being was the 7th Duchess of Bedford in England. The Duchess loved and celebrated life, and above all, she enjoyed life by indulging in all sumptuous pastimes. One day, at around four in the afternoon, the Duchess felt hungry but it was still hours away from the dinner party at eight. Hence, she made maidservants to prepare some baked bread, cream and black tea for filling up her stomach.

It turned out that the Duchess enjoyed the tea and snacks so much that she invited her noble friends to the “afternoon tea” at 4 pm, during which the Duchess and her buddies would indulge in the aristocrats’ leisure. In time, this “afternoon tea” spread through the noble circles, well-acclaimed among all noble ladies, ultimately giving rise to today’s English afternoon tea – the classic English tea privilege.

 

HK in elegance – The noble traditions of English afternoon tea

Tea comes from China, and it has been used as a spiritual drink that calms the mind for quite a long time in its birthplace. For the Chinese, tea comes as an artistic means of comforting our troubled, worldly mind. Upon arrival at Britain, tea has evolved to become something different – something more elegant and luxurious. In England, tea is about noble etiquettes and table manners, appearing on tables of all decent, regal occasions that open to ladies and gentlemen.

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angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-1

The English tea culture is nothing less than the well-acclaimed English afternoon tea. Originated from the mid-19th century England during the Victorian Era, English afternoon tea has been noble’s leisure culture – elegant and sophisticated. Every bit of the afternoon tea indulges tea drinkers with a sense of the English nobility, giving rise to the privileged pleasure of sight and taste.

Darjeeling tea, Ceylon tea, and Earl Grey make the best choices for English afternoon tea. But it is more than tea drinking, as delicate refreshments arranged on a triple-layered stand are indispensable. In traditions, these refreshments include small cakes, sandwiches and English scones. We should start with the lower layer first, that is, with the less sweet and the less strong first.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-2

Hong Kong, a former British colony, well inherits and celebrates the noble traditions of the English afternoon tea culture. Traces of this English tea legacy can be found in Hong Kong. Traditional or innovative as it emerges on tables, the English afternoon tea never loses its nobility and elegance.

The Lobby, the Peninsula

The Peninsula honours the English noble traditions, offering classic English afternoon tea with elegance and at its finest. The Victorian-style lobby décor is sumptuous, graceful and refined, capturing people’s eyes in pursuit of aesthetics and exquisiteness. On the elaborate triple-layered stand are all classic English afternoon tea refreshments; next to it finds the finest tea-ware and the most premium black tea. Sipping a mouth of tea, and savouring the scrumptious flavour of snacks, you will have a moment of English nobility, while engaging in companionship.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-3
Classic triple-layered stand
angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-4
Elegant lobby environment

G/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 22 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong

While the Peninsula celebrates the afternoon tea traditions, the InterContinental adds some innovations upon traditions. The core triple-layered stand still consists of three layers but in different style that does not reduce any bit of elegance. InterContinental offers a wider variety of refreshment, not confined to the classic sandwiches and English scones. Refined in simplicity is the lobby décor, without too much elaborate detail. Despite simplicity, the exclusive noble hint is never harmed or diminished.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-5Unique triple-layered stand

Lobby level, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

The Verandah

The Verandah situates in the Repulse Bay, far away from city centre and nestled in oceans and trees. Sitting at the table, and amid the picturesque natural landscape, you will first enjoy the beautiful presentation of the afternoon tea set with eyes, then its delicate flavour with tongue. Tea in the teacup shows an elegant colour, while giving out a unique aroma that scents with the most polished refinement. Sipping it in, it is the taste of leisure and nobility. Green trees, profound ocean blue, together with the finest black tea and snacks – make the exclusive combination and tea experience of the Verandah.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-6
The Verandah courtyard

109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay

Extended reading: The origin of English afternoon tea

There are a lot of stories about the origin of the English afternoon tea. But no matter how the story goes, it always goes to the regal and the noble.

angel-card-english-afternoon-tea-hong-kong-7Tea get-together among Victorian noble ladies

According to legend, the person who brought the afternoon tea into being was the 7th Duchess of Bedford in England. The Duchess loved and celebrated life, and above all, she enjoyed life by indulging in all sumptuous pastimes. One day, at around four in the afternoon, the Duchess felt hungry but it was still hours away from the dinner party at eight. Hence, she made maidservants to prepare some baked bread, cream and black tea for filling up her stomach.

It turned out that the Duchess enjoyed the tea and snacks so much that she invited her noble friends to the “afternoon tea” at 4 pm, during which the Duchess and her buddies would indulge in the aristocrats’ leisure. In time, this “afternoon tea” spread through the noble circles, well-acclaimed among all noble ladies, ultimately giving rise to today’s English afternoon tea – the classic English tea privilege.

 

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