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Afternoon Tea At The Langham Huntington Hotel

Nestled in the beautiful neighborhood of Pasadena, CA is the elegant Langham Huntington Hotel. For fans of ABC’s hit show “The Bachelorette”, this was the site of Bachelorette Ashley Hebert’s beautiful wedding to J.P. Rosenbaum.

The first Langham hotel opened in London in 1865 and pioneered the tradition of luxury hotels serving afternoon tea. This delightful tradition can be enjoyed at every Langham hotel property around the world on a daily basis.

The Langham Hotel offers guests their “Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood” complete with a catalogue of flavorful Wedgewood teas served in their signature “Langham Rose” teaware.

We recently enjoyed afternoon tea at The Langham Huntington Hotel with our son and a close family friend and the experience was incredible. From the moment you walk in, the staff treats like you like royalty. They are incredibly accommodating to dietary restrictions and special requests and especially creative in preparing a fun menu selection for kids.

My friend and I enjoyed the “Peach with Flowers” tea, a strong and sweet black tea, Scott had the “Moroccan Mint” green tea and our son had the caffeine-free “English Flower” blend, which smelled like a walk through a fragrant royal garden. Then two towers were brought to the table, which were stacked three tiers high with an elaborate selection of delicious fare.

Scott and I agreed that the blueberry scones were the best we ever had. The freshly baked scones came with Devonshire clotted cream and a selection of jams. Tier two had gourmet tea sandwiches. Since my family is vegetarian they prepared a wonderful offering of sandwiches including sharp cheddar with tomato, avocado with caramelized onions, cream cheese with cucumber and peanut butter and jelly.

Our friend enjoyed a selection of tea sandwiches including watercress pesto marinated Caribbean shrimp on herb garlic bread with cilantro and lime zest, smoked salmon on sourdough with caramelized shallot caper cream, dill sprig and caviar and ham and egg, and Prosciutto di Parma, green onion, red pepper on potato peppercorn bread.

The dessert platter was a feast for the eyes and the tummy. There were so many colorful and interesting options to choose from. The Crème Brulee Tart was my favorite. The Guava Cream Cheese Gateau was a huge hit with our son. There were purple French Macaroons with lavender jam that were so light and sweet. There was also an Earl Grey Tiramisu and a Strawberry Cream Puff that were sensational.

The service was fantastic and everyone at the Lobby Lounge was always checking in to make sure we were comfortable and having a great time. They even brought extra sandwiches for our son, which was such a thoughtful gesture. We enjoyed our afternoon tea while looking out at their beautiful Horseshoe Garden, which was such a peaceful and cozy setting.

When we were ready to leave, our server brought us our teas on ice for the road and a beautiful box filled with desserts to take home.

We have been to afternoon teas all over Los Angeles and this is one of the best in the city. It is a fantastic deal for such a gourmet royal spread. On Monday-Wednesday pricing is $42 per person for adults and $21 per child and $46 per person for adults and $21 per child on Thursday – Sunday. They also have a special Chocolate afternoon Tea on Sundays with chocolate fountains and pastries, that is $59 per person. Afternoon tea at The Langham Huntington Hotel is a wonderful place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day or simply to enjoy the company of your loved ones on a beautiful day.

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Amy Malin has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years as a producer of star-studded red carpet events and charity benefits, a writer, director, producer, talent booker and publicist.

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