The recent arctic air has sent everyone in my family into hibernation. No one seems willing to part with their soft fluffy slippers and warm winter blankets. Luckily, there is a more civilized way to keep warm on a cold winter’s day. Scheduling afternoon tea with family and friends is the perfect way to warm up without the heated blanket!
Located inside the stately Manor House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum is where you will find the Hidden Oak Café. The Victorian Tea service offers a wide range of both traditional and specialty teas. The tea menu includes Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Strawberry Tea, Monks Blend and Vanilla Cream. Find yourself a new favorite to enjoy as you nibble on finger sandwiches, flaky scones, and fresh pastries.
Hidden Oak Café at Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River (631) 277-3895, open Tuesday –Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM except for winter holidays; Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s
Located in the heart of Port Jefferson, you can have your choice of tea services. Full Afternoon Tea includes a three-tiered service of freshly baked scones, seasonal fruit, and tea sandwiches. An assortment of miniature desserts and tea emulates the Duchess of Bedford’s favorite way to enjoy her afternoon tea. If you arrive famished, you can opt for the Royal Tea service which includes the Full Afternoon Tea service as well as sparkling cider and homemade soup. (Please note, reservations are recommended and children are required to be older than 7 years old.)
The Secret Garden, 225 Main Street, Port Jefferson (631)476-8327, open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Sundays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
This family-friendly tea room prides itself their afternoon tea that is a fun experience for the whole family to enjoy. With over 50 varieties of loose tea to choose from, tea is served with fine china cups and saucers. Children will adore pouring tea from their very own teapot, which they receive with every children’s meal! The British Afternoon Tea service includes unlimited tea, delectable sweets, savory tea sandwiches and feathery scones served on a three-tier tower.
Robinson’s Tea Room, 97 Main St, Stony Brook, (631) 751-1232, open Monday – Sunday 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM, except Friday 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
The historic Garden City Hotel has been a Long Island landmark since 1874. This iconic retreat offers the timeless tradition of Afternoon Tea every Saturday. Relax with friends and family as you peruse the impressive menu of international teas and herbal infusions. Nibble on an assortment of dainty tea sandwiches, oven fresh scones, and sweet miniature pastries. (Please note, reservations are required.)
The Garden City Hotel, 45 Seventh Street, Garden City, (877) 549-0400, Saturdays 2:oo PM.
The Royal Tea House brings the essence of Victorian afternoon tea to Long Island. You and your loved ones can appreciate centuries of British afternoon tea culture in the heart of Great Neck. During your visit, your tea will be served in the finest of teapots and the most elegant teacups. Choose from a wide variety of traditional English black teas, green teas, fruit teas and milk teas.
Royal Tea House, 1 Great Neck Road, Great Neck (516) 472-0085, open Monday – Sunday 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Bring your family to Skipperdee’s for an elegant afternoon tea service. An ideal oasis for anyone looking to relax with a much-needed respite from their busy schedule. Take a break from the traditional with an exciting menu of flavors. With names like “Dahl House”, “Secret Garden” and “Chaucer’s Cup” you’ll be sure to find a new favorite. Guests are welcome anytime for an impromptu spot of tea!
Skipperdees, 26 Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout, (516) 431-5000, Afternoon Tea, Weekdays 1 :00 – 5 :00 PM.