One of the loveliest treats is to enjoy a scrumptious High Tea with friends or family. It always feels quite decadent and has an old world charm. It makes you stop for a while for a spot of conversation, to enjoy exotic tea blends, specially prepared savouries, featherlight scones and of course, the piece de resistance, sensational sweet treats. So when Bacchus, Rydges invited SheSociety (or perhaps I should say She Societea) to sample their new Spring High Tea Menu my answer was a resounding ‘YES’. I was not disappointed.
The High Tea selection was so inventive and it was obvious a lot of love, thought and skill had gone into creating the tasty morsels which showcased the flavours of Spring. The conversation flowed freely between an eclectic mix of guests and I left Bacchus feeling like I would love to partake in a lovely High Tea every Friday.
High Tea Options
At Bacchus you can choose from the affordable Quintessential High Tea, the Chandon Sparkling High Tea right through to the very special Dom Perignon Champagne High Tea. In fact there are now five High Tea options to choose from.
At our tasting we enjoyed the lovely Rose Sparkling High Tea which is the Quintessential High Tea with a glass of Chandon Rose NV on arrival.
It felt just like Spring looking around the room at the guests in their finery sipping on the refreshing pink bubbles. Best of all the Spring High Tea at Bacchus is available every Tuesday to Sunday afternoon. Just choose the perfect day for you. They also cater to differing dietary options-gluten free, dairy free, vegan and vegetarian at no extra cost.
The Origins of High Tea
We can all thank the Duchess of Bedford for the tradition of High Tea. After feeling that ‘sinking feeling’ that can creep up on us mid- afternoon she decided to share a lovely pot of tea and some cake and sandwiches with her closest friends when they came to call. Other society hostesses realised it was a wonderful way to enjoy the company of their loved ones and so the English High Tea was born.
The High Tea Menu
The Bacchus High Tea is served on an elegant three tier stand with delicate crockery from William Edwards, some of the finest bone china from England. The High Tea begins with savouries on the bottom of the stand, scones and crumble on the second tier and beautiful, delicate cakes and macarons gracing the top tier.
Scones are served with Bonne Maman French raspberry preserve and clotted cream. Delicious!
It was fun to see the many different ways people assemble their scones- jam first, cream first or even one of each. My English friends have assured me that either way is correct. It just depends on the region of England that you come from as to how you prepare your scones. For the record I’m a jam first girl.
Some began with scones and others enjoyed the savouries- I began with the Za’atar Croissant with Ham& Branston, Cucumber and Rocket Ribbon. It was a delicious combination with the cool of the cucumber being enhanced by the zingy Branston pickle. My favourite savoury was the Black Brioche with Chicken and Celery. It won a big thumbs up from all of the guests at my table. The final option was a Smoked Salmon and Dill Crème Fraiche on Tomato Bread.
I really enjoyed the Lemon Myrtle, Frangipane and Pear Crumble but my very favourites were the Key Lime, Chocolate and Meringue Tartlet and the decadent Opera Slice. The Bacchus Opera Slice was as good as any I have ever had in France. Other delectable sweet options were the Almond Dacquoise, White Glaze and Blueberry , Mango and Vanilla Slice, Russian Tea Cake and everyone’s favourite- the Raspberry Macarons. As you can see a beautiful selection of cakes from around the world.
Bacchus provides a wonderful selection of Harney and Sons Fine Teas- from the Bacchus Bespoke Blend- a specially blended English Breakfast Tea. Perhaps you’d prefer Earl Grey, Darjeeling or a Paris blend through to my preferred tea- Jasmine, Dragon Pearl Green Tea and even more exotic teas like Pomegranate Oolong. Coffee of your choice is also available and is made using the Bacchus Bespoke Blend. Of course unlimited tea and coffee are a part of the package.
For a really lovely afternoon head to the Podium level of Rydges Hotel and enter the serene and inviting surrounds of Bacchus for a decadent High Tea. I truly can’t think of a lovelier way to spend an enjoyable afternoon with friends. I will be going back again soon. So tell me do you love High Tea? What are some of your favourite High Tea memories?
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).