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High Tea... in St. Louis

High Tea... in St. Louis

Left: Macarons (earl grey, berry), tiramisu, raspberry cakes and fruit tarts Right: Earl grey tea
Left: Macarons (earl grey, berry), tiramisu, raspberry cakes and fruit tarts Right: Earl grey tea

One of the last things I had expected to have in St. Louis was afternoon tea, but thankfully, my friend suggested that we go to The London Tea Room to celebrate her birthday! This cute establishment was started up by two British ladies, and it's the perfect place to stop by for just a pot of high quality tea in the cafe or an afternoon outing for afternoon tea in a casual setting.

When the tiered plates of sandwiches and pastries were brought out, my eyes were immediately drawn to the colorful top tier of sweets. They looked so delicate I didn't even know which one to begin with! Each perfect pastry complemented my earl grey tea, but if I go again, I would be a bit more adventurous and go for the famous Naughty Vicar black tea.

Cucumber sandwich with cream cheese, dill and chives on white bread Smoked salmon sandwich with lemon butter on honey wheat bread Mini croissant with chicken Waldorf salad
Cucumber sandwich with cream cheese, dill and chives on white bread Smoked salmon sandwich with lemon butter on honey wheat bread Mini croissant with chicken Waldorf salad

The cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches were a nice touch, but what really made us salivate were the mini croissants stuffed with chicken salad! The pastry was a beautiful golden color and had a bit of a crispy exterior to it. And the chicken salad was very rich! I was borderline full once I finished up this delicacy... but I had to push on.

English scone with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam
English scone with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam

To the scones... I'm not sure if we left these giant blocks of carbs sitting too long as we feasted on the other plates of goodies, but they were so hard! I couldn't break it apart with my fingers so I cut it with a knife, at which point it sort of shattered. But the inside was still soft (although dense) so I lathered on that clotted cream and strawberry jam. At the end, I was very content with all the sugar I had that day.

IMG_5783 flowers
IMG_5783 flowers

The London Tea Room is not stuffy at all. Don't feel the pressure to dress all prim and proper as you would if you went for afternoon tea at The Four Seasons, for example (but I wouldn't show up in shorts and a t-shirt either). And for only $29.95 per person, it's an absolute steal!

Tips:

  1. Make sure you make a reservation if you would like to have afternoon tea! If you just want some tea in the cafe, no reservations are necessary.
  2. The cafe also serves up a selection of savory pastries.
  3. There's free street parking right outside!
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