Destination Tea: The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

UPDATE:  In 2017, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead was closed. The Whitley hotel opened in its place.

Where:  Buckhead, GA
Style:  Elegant Traditional
Tea Selection:  12+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes:  Friday-Sunday, 2 or 3
Reservations:  24-hour notice
Contact:  404-237-2700
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. Ritz-Carlton Exterior

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.

Ritz-Carlton Lobby
Upon entering, turn left to reach the Lobby Lounge for tea
Warm, rich tones invite you to tea
Warm, rich tones invite you to tea

Tea Service

Ritz Carlton Tea Service
Elegant china service
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We were invited to choose two teas to share over the first course, then a third with dessert. Rather than leave a teapot on the table, your server makes sure to refill your cup as needed.

Scones and Spreads, Savories and Sweets

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The scone here is less like a biscuit and more like a pancake in its consistency and flavor, served with jars of the traditional strawberry preserves, clotted cream and lemon curd.
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Sandwiches included cucumber with dill and lemon ricotta cream, Georgia shrimp profiterole with tarragon and basil, smoked salmon with caviar on pumpernickel, open face turkey canapé with orange marmalade, prosciutto and melon canapé with mint (a favorite) and traditional egg salad with truffle. The children had some of our items on their tier with an added ham and cheese sandwich.
Adults' treats included opera cake with passion fruit and edible silver, double chocolate cupcakes, key lime profiteroles, orange macarons, pistachio biscotti and the standout: mint chocolate torte. The children's tier included thumbprint cookies with gumdrops, double chocolate cupcakes, brownies, sugar cookies with lemon frosting and rice krispies.
Adults’ treats included opera cake with passion fruit and edible silver, double chocolate cupcakes, key lime profiteroles, orange macarons, pistachio biscotti and the standout: mint chocolate tortes. The children’s tier included thumbprint cookies with gumdrops, double chocolate cupcakes, brownies, sugar cookies with lemon frosting and rice krispies squares.
DestinationTea
Tea Voyageuse, discovering the world of afternoon tea, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

1 Comment

  1. That looks and sounds elegant! Definitely a special occasion place.

    Still want to get together with you for tea one of these days, when my traveling subsides! (Out of town four weekends in a row this month!)

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