5 Reasons to Love High Tea at The Alfond Inn

High tea served with finger sandwiches, scones, and clotted cream makes a Sunday afternoon extra special at The Alfond Inn.

(Photo by Laura J. Cole) (Photo by Laura J. Cole)

You don’t have to be English to love the idea of meeting friends for tea.  Served on the second Sunday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (with a reservation), you can enjoy specialty teas by Cherrie Langston and traditional high tea fare by Executive Chef Marc Kusche. But what else makes high tea at The Alfond Inn so special?

1. Destination
You can enjoy a cup of tea at home, but the destination for tea can be just as important as the tea itself. Whether you’re served under the glass dome of the Inn’s conservatory, or outdoors in the courtyard to celebrate the beautiful weather, there are few places in Central Florida that are more inspiring for tea attire.

(Photo by Tom Hurst) (Photo by Tom Hurst)

2. Accessible surroundings
The Inn’s close proximity to Park Avenue, Hannibal Square, and museums like CFAM and the Morse makes it easy to squeeze in some extra culture before tea time. And starting in February, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park will bring soloists right to the tea room on special dates.

3. Variety
For $30 ($15 for children 12 and under), you can enjoy specially blended favorites like Earl Grey, chai, and English breakfast tea. For those who haven’t developed a taste for tea yet, offerings include seasonal warm beverages like wassail and hot cider.  A full spread of high tea fare—like scones, finger sandwiches, and colorful petit fours—will please anyone’s afternoon appetite. The executive chef personally selects each month’s offerings and pairs the cuisine with the time of year.

(Photo by Laura J. Cole) (Photo by Laura J. Cole)

4. Blended traditions
Pausing for tea in the afternoon may be quintessentially British, but it also feels right at home next to charming Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. While The Alfond Inn calls it “high tea,” they have actually blended their favorite elements from a few tea institutions together—the generous food portions of high tea, the causal refinement of afternoon tea, and the champagne beginning of royal tea.

(Photo by Tom Hurst) (Photo by Tom Hurst)

5. Connections
Tea time is about people sharing an experience. Each table setting features a different china pattern donated or on loan for use at the Inn—many of which come from Rollins alumni. The overall effect is a welcoming, relaxed, and elegant experience that’s perfect for special celebrations or even just tea for two.

(Photo by Laura J. Cole) (Photo by Laura J. Cole)