Destination Tea: Little Hen – Miami

Where: Midtown Miami, Florida
Style:  Romantic chic
Tea Selection:  7 teas
Teatimes:  Daily, 12 to 3 pm
Reservations: 24-hour notice
Contact: Reserve Here and indicate “afternoon tea” in the reservation request
Cost:  $40 Royal Afternoon Tea; $35 Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Reserve your teatime well in advance, especially if you have an indoor or outdoor preference because this restaurant books solid.

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

afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida

Destination Tea Notes: Little Hen doesn’t hold back when it comes to dramatic, romantic design, giving this popular brunch spot a movie-set feel. Flowers are everywhere here, from colorful throw pillows everywhere to sumptuous fresh arrangements inside, and looks-like-the-real-thing outdoor vining wisteria and rose arch. Even friends just passing by stop to pose in the floral arch on the side patio because they know a ready Instagram scene when they see one. Little Hen is a lovely setting for afternoon tea, which we discover has a surprising, but not unwelcome, menu item included. Our teatime coincides with a busy lunch service that has Little Hen full inside and out, and we notice servers working hard, always kind and solicitous. With a couple of tweaks (read below), this would be an afternoon tea service we recommend.

patio at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Vintage beach umbrellas with fringe and vining wisteria might trick you into thinking this January tea isn’t chilly (thankful we reserved indoor seating!)
interior at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
So much to admire in the interior design — glass chandelier, deep blue velvet chairs, inlaid floor tiles…and we spy tiered trays at the ready.
velvet couches at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Gold accents in the velvet couches and curtains and lighting
secluded nook at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Loving this more secluded nook with upholstered bench seating, drop lighting and gold ceiling tiles.
gold tables at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Our seating for four is upholstered armchairs around two round, gold tables, decorated with fresh flowers.

Tea Service

champagne at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
We begin our royal teas with a glass of champagne. Can we take a moment to appreciate a man who comes to afternoon tea properly dressed, pocket square and all?
china teapots at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Each guest is served a large, seven-cup pot of tea of their choosing. Our server tells us our choices, but all of us do not receive the teas we ordered, and one pot comes to the table with a tepid brew. They are kind enough to bring a fresh pot when asked.
pouring tea at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Though the china is very pretty, and in-keeping with the floral theme, three of our four teacups are chipped on the rim.
posing with teacup at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Appreciating this beauty, with her new tagua bracelet from Miami/Colombian artists Rafael and Gloria Vega. Also known as “vegetable ivory,” tagua seeds come from an endangered palm tree that grows in South America.
House Tea at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
The Little Hen’s House Tea is an herbal tisane made with mint, lemon and a touch of honey.

Scones & Spreads, Savories and Sweets

three-tiered tray at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
The unfortunate news upon our arrival is that there will not be a dessert course, as they are out of macarons. We are kindly offered extra sandwiches or scones (we choose sandwiches), but when we ask if there is another dessert they could substitute, we are told no. We note chocolate and nutella croissants are listed on the regular menu, and agree we would have enjoyed these sectioned into smaller pieces for our afternoon tea. Perhaps one could view the waffle course as the dessert? That’s the surprise menu item!
tea sandwiches at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Some of the bread on our tasty tea sandwiches has begun to crust with staleness, but we enjoy the fillings: egg, chicken, tuna and smoked salmon with cucumber.

Large blueberry and cinnamon scones are buttery and flaky with a unique crumb that we guess involves cornmeal. Very tasty, as are the waffles, which receive a thumbs-up from several in our group.

spreads at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Clotted cream and homemade strawberry compote (so fabulous) are accompanied by a newbie to the afternoon tea table: maple syrup, for your waffles of course.
patio at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
Greenery screens the patio from the street corner, and teak tables tucked under these retro beach umbrellas give the outdoor seating flair and privacy.
flower arch at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
The oft-photographed flower arch
outdoor seating at afternoon tea at Little Hen in Miami, Florida
This long patio provides enough shade to make this a darling spot for a sunny brunch or teatime (you request indoor or outdoor seating when you reserve).
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