Destination Tea: Conrad Nashville

Where:  Nashville, Tennessee
Style:  Mid-century modern luxury
Tea Selection:  8 loose leaf teas by Rare Tea Co.
Teatimes:  Friday to Sunday, seatings from 2 to 3
Reservations:  Required
Contact: Reserve here
Cost:  $85 Afternoon Tea; $40 Ages 10 and under
Destination Tea Tip:  Bring cash to tip the valet and ask your server to validate your ticket for free 2-hour parking.

Prices and teatimes are subject to change. Please see our Tennessee afternoon tea directory for the latest details.

afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster

Destination Tea Notes: Could anyone predict Music City would also become one of the United States’ top afternoon tea destinations? Nashville now has six afternoon tea options, three of which opened in the last two years. Maybe it has something to do with its current status as the country’s bachelorette capital. When the ladies need a break from late-night partying in the Lower Broadway honky tonks, an elegant, peaceful afternoon tea is the perfect antidote (speaking from personal experience ;). We went to check out the new afternoon tea service at Conrad Nashville’s Blue Aster lobby lounge, and discovered an afternoon tea not to be missed. We very much appreciate an upscale afternoon tea like this one, which attends to every detail: beautiful setting, kind and informed service, properly steeped and decanted loose leaf teas, and creative, scratchmade courses featuring the artistry of a pastry chef. And though this is billed as an afternoon tea, you’ll be happily surprised to learn it is in fact a royal tea, as it includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne. Menus change here seasonally, making this a perfect place to celebrate your special occasions year-round, experiencing new treats each time.

afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
Beautifully designed lobby lounge bar of Blue Aster
afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
You may take tea at any of the varied seating areas.
afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
Perhaps your party will gather by this fire.
low tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
In this brightly lit corner, a few of the upholstered armchairs and sofas are collected around coffee tables, for a true low tea setting.

Tea Selection

tea cocktails at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
Champagne is included in your afternoon tea service, and for those who want to further indulge, the Blue Aster offers a list of crafted tea cocktails for an additional charge.
tea selection at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
Each guest chooses her own pot of tea.
teaset and genmaicha at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
The Japanese Genmaicha was lovely, and this is our first time seeing this exotic china pattern: Sultan’s Garden by William Edwards, made in Stoke-on-Trent, England- loving the green on white.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

finger sandwiches at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
We always smile at an afternoon tea menu that is heavy on the savories, each of these delicious: Egg Salad with Watercress on Marble Bread, Cucumber with Yuzu & Chive Butter on White, Smoked Salmon and Capers with Cream Cheese on Rye, Lobster Roll with Smoked Trout Roe and Coronation Chicken Salad with Pickled Pearl Onion on Raisin Bread.
scones with lemon curd at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
Classic and Lemon Poppyseed Scones have risen nicely to allow us to easily break them open in half, to spread local preserves, clotted cream and fabulously creamy and zesty lemon curd on the soft insides. Seeing the clotted cream and lemon curd were homemade added another special pleasure to this afternoon tea.
four-tiered tray at afternoon tea at Conrad Nashville Blue Aster
For the spring afternoon tea menu the delightfully tempting pastries include Coconut Strawberry Petit Gateau, Fruit Tart, Mango Basil Cream Puff and Lemon Blueberry Macaron.
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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