Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Georgian Afternoon Tea

The Georgian is currently closed for renovation and plans to re-open in 2022.

Today, I met with friends for Afternoon Tea at The Georgian, located in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  The hotel is  located in downtown Seattle between University and Seneca Street and between 4th and 5th Avenue and stands on the site of the original University of Washington.

For history buffs, the University was established in 1861, 28 years before Washington achieved Statehood.  It relocated to the current campus in 1895 and the Olympic Hotel was built on the site in 1924.  The hotel has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

The Georgian restaurant, located in the east side of the hotel, features an Afternoon Tea service in a luxury setting.

Today marked the occasion of my first Afternoon Tea (yes, truly) which was made even more special because I was able to enjoy it with friends I haven't seen in a while.

The Georgian Tea menu includes mixed berries, scones, finger sandwiches, and sweets. They also offer the Olympic Tea which includes champagne. According to their website, the menu changes with the seasons.

Everyone at the table ordered a different tea and my selection was the 1907 Blend, a black tea with a rich, amber-red color, smoky aroma and more than a hint of citrus in the flavor, reminding me of bergamot.  It was delicious!  

In fact, it was so delicious that I bought a tin for my tea cupboard at home (and what an attractive tin it is).  The Georgian offers their selection teas in 8oz tins or in travel-friendly tea bags.

The Georgian's decor was beautiful without being too busy, the seating was comfortable, and the staff were friendly and accommodating.  I would recommend taking tea here with friends and hope to do so again.  However, I don't believe I would recommend this as a solo event as the price reflects the ambiance rather than the portions.  

As a note to gluten-intolerant tea drinkers, The Georgian does not offer gluten-free alternatives at this time.  

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

6:30am to 2:30pm, Afternoon Tea: 11:30am to 2:30pm (Monday-Friday)
7:00am to 2:30pm, Afternoon Tea: 12:00pm to 2:30pm (Saturday-Sunday)

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