This article was published on March 26th, 2015
Every queen likes to make a big, bold, and fabulous statement. There’s certainly no exception to this rule when going for high tea at The Tea Room aboard the magnificent Queen Mary, in Long Beach, California.
Once one of the most luxurious ocean liners on the north Atlantic, the Queen Mary is peacefully moored in southern California, about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles. The Team Room is located near the bow of the ship, above the promenade deck, overlooking the forecastle. It’s one of the most beautiful spots aboard the entire ship.
Afternoon tea is full of rich tradition, from the selection of teas, to what is served on the tiered plate service. At The Tea Room aboard the Queen Mary, they honour these traditions, right down to the crusted bread.
The most popular tea served for afternoon tea is Earl Grey. Earl Grey tea is a black, caffeinated tea, with deep, bold, aromatic flavours, and hints of citrus. Earl Grey tea is typically sipped plain, without any additives, however, it’s perfectly acceptable to add milk and sugar.
For the full afternoon tea experience, go for The Windsor Tea service. The top tier starts off with four tea-size sandwiches, including chicken, deviled egg, prosciutto and cucumber. In authentic style, these little sandwiches are all served with slightly dried bread. Each one is carefully loaded with fresh, handmade spreads and perfectly presented on the plate.
The middle tier has two traditional English tea scones, paired with clotted cream and an assortment of local made preserves. The warm, fresh baked scones go best with a fresh cup of Earl Grey tea.
The final, bottom tier, has an assortment of fresh baked petit fours, which includes a fresh California tart and the more traditional lemon tart.
If tea isn’t your think, don’t panic, they also have a great selection of wine too! You can even take some some of the local preserves, for sale through the restaurant.
Instead of going for the usual Sunday Funday or brunch with the gurls, get into the spirit of the golden age of trans-Atlantic cruising. Get dressed up in your Sunday best, and treat you and your friends like the queens that you are, to a sensational afternoon tea aboard this amazing old Queen. You’ll love it!