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Palm Court

High tea at Auckland’s Langham Hotel

Mr. Boomerlifetoday and I celebrated our wedding anniversary late last year and instead of the traditional lunch or dinner out, we opted for high tea at Auckland’s Langham Hotel.  The idea first presented itself after watching Hotel Secrets with Richard E. Grant. If you haven’t watched this television series, we recommend it – it gives you an insider’s look at some of the most expensive hotels in the world. In one episode, Richard visited the Langham Hotel in London where he sampled their high tea and since Auckland’s Langham is part of the same hotel group, we thought we’d give it a try.

And, we were so glad we did! High tea was held in the hotel’s Palm Court – a central bar and restaurant just off the hotel’s lobby. Our celebration began with flutes of champagne and amuse bouches.  This was followed by three tiers of savoury and sweet deliciousness and pots of specialty teas (of our choice).  Among the savouries were tiny open-faced sandwiches of rare, finely shaved roast beef with horseradish cream, ham with dijon mustard, egg salad with chive, cream cheese with watercress, a double-decker of fish/seafood and a mini cube of fritatta. For the sweets, truffles, macaroons, mince tarts, creme brulees, chocolate dipped strawberries, spice muffins and raspberry friands. The third tier – mini scones, clotted cream and a choice of jams.

The Langham has a large selection of teas, including their very own blend. Since we have both toured Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, we started with:

Dombagastalawa Estate A medium bodied tea with a noble personality enhanced by its brightness and rich character complemented by a light malt note. Broken Orange Pekoe Special.
and finished with Rilhena Estate Ceylon Souchong

This low elevation tea has been produced by being smoked gently over the embers of cinnamon wood leaving a hint of spicy sweetness. A
rare tea that ranks as an equivalent to a fine Islay Malt Whisky.

After two hours of relaxed indulgence, our waiter, who had asked if we were celebrating anything, brought us a small box of handmade chocolates.  A perfect ending to a perfect afternoon!

Until next time,

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