A recent trip to Pittsburgh could not be complete without an afternoon of tea at The Frick. On the beautiful estate lies a charming café that offers afternoon tea.
Entrance: As we entered the café, we were greeted by a hostess who promptly took us to our table.
Service: Although we arrived before the 2:30 tea service began, we were allowed to place our order and received our tea right away. Promptly after 2:30 we were presented with our tiers of delicacies.
Presentation: Our table was adorned with fresh flowers, and the natural lighting in the room made for a beautiful atmosphere.
Table décor: The table had a lovely matching porecelain tea pot, cup, saucer, creamer and sugar atop a white tablecloth. The tea accessories included a customary tea strainer to aide in sifting out the leaves.
Aesthetics: The café featured floor to ceiling windows all around the tables which created lovely natural lighting inside. Outside the windows of the café is the sprawling Frick estate which makes for an enchanting view and picturesque setting.
Tea Quality/Variety: There were approximately 11 tea selections. I chose an apricot tea which was recommended by the staff. The tea was delicious and the pot was refilled upon request. Other tea choices included Earl Gray, English Breakfast, Russian Country, Darjeeling, Black Currant, Chocolate Mint and Sencha Green teas. There were also assorted herbal teas including French Verveine, Peppermint and Raspberry.
Food Quality/Variety: There were four sandwiches including: chicken salad, egg salad, egg tart, and a pea sandwich. There were two scones to indulge in including vanilla and apple cinnamon. The scones were served with English cream and jam. There was also four desserts + strawberries and chocolate. The desserts included a macaroon, almond cookie, date muffin, and cranberry muffin. At the end of the tea the waitress also gave us a small sugar cookie.
Music: There was no music the afternoon I was present.
Takeaways: There is a gift shop on the Frick premises that offers some tea accoutrements.
*As the Café at The Frick is very small (I would guess it seats 20-30 people comfortably), reservations are highly recommended. I witnessed the host regrettably turn away some customers who did not have a reservation.
Although we didn't have an official afternoon tea on our trip to Israel in February, we did enjoy a wam cup of tea at Restaurant Afteem in Bethlehem after a cold, snowy day of sight-seeing. The mint leaves and a bit of sugar brightened our tea, which we paired with a delicious falafel pita. The restaurant's cozy, cave-like atmosphere and prompt service provided the perfect place to relax with a cup of tea.
Entrance: The entrance to the lobby, where afternoon tea is served, is spacious and bright.
Greeting: When we arrived a host seated us at a lovely table by the windows.
Service: Our server promptly greeted us and gave us an overview of the tea menu. At our request, he kindly substituted a cucumber sandwich in place of the smoked salmon.
Presentation and table décor: The tea service was very charming and included all the customary pieces. The sandwiches and pastries were presented on a tiered server and the scones were served in a basket wrapped in a cloth napkin to keep them warm.
Tea variety: The Peninsula offers a selection of proprietary teas and premium teas which include 11 black teas, 7 green teas, 2 oolong teas and 5 herbal infusion teas.
Food quantity and variety: 3 sandwiches, 2 scones and a variety of tea desserts and pastries.
Food quality: The butternut squash filled pastry was our favorite. We also enjoyed the strawberries and cream that was served to celebrate The Peninsula's 10th anniversary.
Music: Live violin music provided a lovely background for our tea. We thought it was especially nice that the violinist performed from a small balcony overlooking the lobby.
Lighting: The lobby was very bright with lovely chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and lots of natural light from the wall of windows overlooking the terrace and city.
Bathroom: The bathroom was well-appointed, pretty and clean.
Take aways: Peninsula notepad and pen
Extras: The Peninsula has the cutest children's afternoon tea. During our visit, there were many families partaking in tea with their children. The children received a darling plate of tea savories and a teddy bear.