Tea at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena, was hosted in exchange for a review. As always my opinions are my own.
My good Christina from Christina’s Cucina, and I, are getting to be known as the “Afternoon Tea Gals”.
Our latest tea adventure took place right here in my backyard. Tea at the Langham Huntington, in Pasadena, is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
The Huntington was built over 100 years ago, but never fully completed until Henry Huntington purchased and completed the renovations along with architect, Myron Hunt, in 1911. It was re-opened in 1914. Since then it has changed ownership several times. The Langham Hotel Group purchased it in 2008. We Pasadena residents are always filled with a bit of dread when this beautiful, historic hotel changes hands.
Fortunately, the Langham Group has not only kept true to the original spirit of the Huntington, they’ve incorporated some wonderful traditions from the original Langham Hotel in London. When it opened in 1865, it was the first luxury hotel to serve afternoon tea in Europe. Today, every Langham Hotel world-wide, serves afternoon tea.
We were there just after the introduction of their new, custom-made tea ware from Wedgwood, called “Langham Rose”.
Tea at the Langham Huntington is held in the Lobby Lounge, overlooking the expansive and beautiful Horseshoe Garden, and beyond to San Marino.
One may begin with a glass of champagne, or Kir Royale, as we did.
This festive champagne cocktail is the perfect way to begin a relaxing afternoon with friends. There is also a selection of aperitifs, wines, ports and sherry. Our attentive waitress explained a little bit about each of the four special Langham tea blends, in addition to another eighteen teas. Each of us decided to try a different blend.
She also inquired as to whether any of us food allergies, and then returned with more specific questions regarding the allergy from the chef. We were duly impressed with the chef’s caution regarding whether the food needed to be separate from the other dishes.
That attention to detail with regards to food allergies is not often adhered to in most restaurants. We were served an ample selection of French pastries and warm scones, each one a miniature work of art, both delicious and unusual. The Passion Fruit and Apricot Cone was embellished with just a touch of edible gold!
Rest assured, tea at the Langham Huntington is an unforgettable experience.
There were only five savories served, and while each one was delicious, I would have preferred a more even balance of sweet and savory. Christina has a much bigger sweet tooth than I though, and might well disagree! My favorite nibble was the Smoked Salmon with Caramelized Shallot Caper Cream.
Although it’s hard to beat a warm scone with Devonshire cream! For a great traditional Scone recipe, you’ll need to try Christina’s recipe.
The Langham Huntington also prepares a lovely birthday plate, if you happen to be celebrating, as the two ladies across from us were.
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles from out of town, the Langham, Huntington Pasadena is just a 20 minute drive from downtown LA. In addition, Pasadena is a destination of its own, as the home of the Rose Bowl, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and the Norton Simon museum to name a few.
Tea at the Langham Huntington is something very special!
Would you like to recreate a Kir Royale at home? It’s such an easy, elegant beverage, and would be a perfect way to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day!
- Creme de Cassis.
- Medium quality champagne or sparkling wine
- Fresh raspberry and an orange twist for garnish
- Into each champagne glass pour approximately 1 Tablespoon Creme de Cassis
- Top with champagne.
- Garnish with fresh raspberry and an orange twist.
Looking for some tasty fillings for tea sandwiches?
How about Coronation Chicken Salad? This recipe was served at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953. Chicken Salad with Apricots and Tarragon is another delicious filling. Shortbread is the perfect addition to any tea tray.