Update: In 2017, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead closed and The Whitley hotel opened in its place. See the Atlanta Afternoon Tea Directory for details on The Whitley’s boozy tea.
Where: Buckhead, GA
Style: Elegant Traditional
Tea Selection: 12+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Friday-Sunday, 2 or 3
Reservations: 24-hour notice
Cost: $60 The Ritz Tea; $44 Buckhead Classic Afternoon Tea; $21 Children’s Tea – sample menu here
Destination Tea Tips: Dress is business casual, remember to bring cash for a tip if you plan to valet your car, and ask your server to validate your valet ticket. Upon entering, turn left to enter the Lobby Lounge, where tea is served.
Destination Tea Notes: Afternoon tea at the Ritz is an institution. Not surprising, given the Ritz is one of the original hoteliers to offer an afternoon tea service, both in the United States and abroad. In part, you are treating yourself to the Ritz’ luxurious ambiance, with a pianist playing softly as you relax into smooth leather armchairs or couches around the fireplace. Because we were a party of four, including two children, you’ll see the children’s menu items in the bottom tier. Our eleven-year-olds really enjoyed being included in this adult world, in which they dressed up, practiced their manners and happily munched and sipped everything they were offered. After making our way through the wide array of homemade savories, scones and sweets, we all agreed that the dessert course impressed us most with its deliciousness.
Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets