Afternoon Tea With a Twist at our Beach House
Afternoon Tea has become a popular tradition not only in Britain, but also in many places across the world. One of the most quintessential English customs, the ceremony conjures up images of beautiful silver teapots, delicate bone china teacups, aroma-infused tea from exotic places, dainty finger sandwiches, indulgent scones and clotted cream all topped off with exquisite cakes and pastries.
It all started in the 1800s when Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria and a prominent figure within London society, complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger, nothing too large but something to see her through until dinnertime.
The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their Afternoon Tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
At our Beach House, we fell in love with the elegant ritual of Afternoon Tea but we wanted to offer our guests something different, which Cayman has never seen before. We thought about all the components that would make such a celebrated tradition unique and fun. And Voila! the idea of our signature Mad Tea Party was born.
Inspired by the Mad Hatter Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, we are celebrating art, literature, music and all things delicious. Featuring creative blends designed by the experts of Tea Time in Cayman, our aim is to surprise guests with a decadent display of cool cakes and ever-changing “Drink me” potions in addition to the high tea classics.
We are so excited to be unveiling our latest culinary offering, which will be taking place from Saturday, 28 November at Anchor & Den. This date is already sold out, so make sure to book your table in December by calling (345) 949-0088. It definitely won’t be your average cup of tea!