You should know the 2013 Philadelphia Horticultural Society Flower Show will be on view at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 2-10, 2013, and the best of Britain will not end with the show's exquisite themed garden displays, on view for two full weekends for the first time ever. English culture remains alive and well across the Philadelphia region, with historic sites, top-notch museum collections, pubs, tearooms, theaters and sporting events. This season makes the perfect time to explore Philly’s British treasures, and the following are just a few places to start concerning tearooms:
- A Taste of Britain Café and Tea Room – English delicacies are the thing at Wayne’s premier tea-tique, with daily afternoon service that includes sandwiches, scones, pastries and a pot of one of the many tea selections available. Other British foods (HobNobs, black currant jam, Branston pickles), plus candy and loose teas are available for purchase as well. Call (610) 971-0390 or click here for more details.
- Talking Teacup – Set in a restored 250-year-old farmhouse, this Chalfont eatery and gift shop offers two morning and six different afternoon spreads, including a high tea, a luncheon tea and even a children’s tea, with seasonal pastries and pairings. Call (215) 997-8441 or click here for more details.
- The Four Seasons Hotel’s Swann Lounge – For the ultimate in luxury, it’s hard to beat the Four Seasons’ afternoon tea, with its impossibly delicate sandwiches, cakes and exotic brews (pear caramel, karigane, verbena mint chrysanthemum). Also available: signature cocktails and a gluten-free version of the menu. Call (215) 963-1500 or click here for more details.
- The Rittenhouse Hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room – Whether it’s a tisane steeped from local herbs or a superb Earl Gray, a melon, salmon and minted marscapone sandwich or a chocolate madeleine with a creamy raspberry filling, the afternoon refreshments at the Rittenhouse’s tea conservatory make for a posh and memorable day. Call (215) 546-9000 or click here for more details.
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