There are many places around the city where you can enjoy a decent cup of tea at almost any price but, not all prefer to drink their tea like a commoner. The concept of High Tea arrived with the British rule where it was common practice among the high-class English women to sit in the afternoon sipping on a cup of tea with some sweet nothings and snacks. Although the British rule did end, the concept of High Tea struck a chord with the tea-loving Indians. Here are a few places in town where you can enjoy High Tea.
This cafe is a perfect place for a rendezvous over High Tea. Be it in the pristine white, indoor seating area or the sprawling green, outdoor seating; the High Tea seems to be a posh affair, when at this cafe. They have over 10 varieties of exotic Teas like Jasmine Pearls, Lemon Tea, Organic Green Tea, Masala Tea, Camomile & Vanilla Tea, Japanese Sencha and many more. The Tea comes with a three-tiered plate that has the best of treats on each tier like Finger Sandwiches with numerous fillings and sugary delights like Scones, Fruits and Cupcakes, for an amusing Tea-time close to under Rs 1000 per person.
Café 88 | 132-134, Mehar Chand Market, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-03
This quaint bakery is reminiscent of a British tea room with its floral curtains, minimalistic setting, beautiful cutlery and a spotless, white piano. The High Tea on offer at Elma’s spells the perfect recipe for an English Tea Party. They have a variety of Teas to choose from like Earl Grey, Nilgiri Black, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine, Green Tea and many more. Along with the tea, a platter full of delights like scones, Finger Sandwiches with numerous fillings, Red Velvet Cupcakes and Jam is served. Don’t forget to reserve prior to visit, for an uninterrupted service. A High Tea platter approximately costs Rs 700 per person.
Elma’s Bakery, Cakes and Tea Room | 31, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi-16
This is undoubtedly one of the best places to indulge in High Tea in the city. The palatial grandeur and lavish setting gives way to an unforgettable high tea experience. The preset menu comes with a variety of exotic tea flavours to choose from. The High Tea platter comes with melt-in-mouth Cookies, Finger Sandwiches, Macaroons, Chocolates, Tarts, Cupcakes and Fresh Fruits. The royal service and the extravagant cutlery make this place perfect for those who are looking for quality tea time for about Rs 1200 per person.
The Atrium | The Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi-01
This slick cafe offers a classic high tea experience with style. The cafe has alluring and plush interiors where you can enjoy the British High Tea while basking in extravagance. The High Tea platter comes in the ritualistic 3-Tier platter with Scones, Cupcakes, Sandwiches, Biscuits and many more delights. They have an array of exotic teas on offer ranging from the Indian classics like Darjeeling Tea to the East’s pride like Jasmine Tea. The fresh bakes and the aromatic teas leave a lingering impression. The cost is approximately Rs 800 per person.
Pickwicks | The Claridges, 12, Near Lodhi Road, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi-11
The Leela Palace New Delhi’s lavish gastronomic abode, ‘The Qube’ is hosting an unusual High Tea selection. Head Chef Cristoff Gillino’s rapturous creation of a henna-inspired menu is surely worth indulging in, an amalgamation of Indianized treats along with a traditional English High Tea menu that largely focuses on the use of edible henna on cakes, cookies and macarons in an expansive range of flavours & fabrications along with the popular Indian Masala Chai, a brew well infused with an intricate mix of soothing Indian spices. High Tea for one person costs approximately Rs 1000.
The Qube | The Leela Palace, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-21
An extravagant high tea experience awaits you at the Tea Lounge. They have 3 preset High Tea menus to choose from- the Lansdowne, Maharaja Afternoon Tea and the Athenaeum, with over 100 options for tea flavours on the list. All these include a variety of sweet and savoury items like Lemon Cheesecake, Scones, Chocolate Cupcake, Macaroons, and Finger Sandwiches with varied fillings. This treat can be enjoyed in the cozy indoor seating area or the picturesque outdoor area. The high tea experience costs about Rs 1000 per person and you can also add Champagne to the deal at an extra price.
The Tea Lounge | Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi-21
Named after Enid Blyton’s book written in 1950, the cafe has a modest decor with simple furniture. The High Tea at this cafe is in the true British spirit with the teas served in dainty, floral chinaware and the traditional three-tiered platter with Cupcakes, Tarts, Sandwiches and more. The High Tea is planned by a Home-Baker every weekend with a specially designed menu that excites children and adults alike. The cafe also tends to innovate on the traditional platter by adding Ice tea to the deal in summers. High Tea for one person costs approximately Rs 1000.
The Mad Teapot | The Wishing Chair, 86 A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-17