High tea is a British tradition dating back to 1840. As per legend, when the Duchess of Bedford grew hungry during the long stretch between lunch and dinner, she decided to ask for a midday snack of tea, bread and cake. The idea of high tea quickly took off, becoming a hit social event that eventually turned into a popular daily tradition in England. The highly coveted British tradition has stayed on in India and savoring a cuppa tea with freshly baked goods is synonymous with the luxurious lifestyle till today.
The meal generally includes a classic combination of sweet and savoury treats like sandwiches, scones, and pastries or cake, displayed on a tiered serving tray. Today, afternoon tea with a nod to the classic British menu is an indulgence. So enjoy high tea in true Brit style at these restaurants in the capital city, New Delhi.
You don’t have to fly across countries to savour a traditional tea, Ladurée in Khan Market offer an array of finely crafted teas, macaroons, pastries and small savour bites to make it a decedent delight to the palette. With contemporary interiors in the brand’s iconic colours of pastel pink and green, the interiors are a visual delight, transporting you to the city of France. With impeccable presentation, this midday pastime will be more than just a luxury culinary experience.
Nestled in one of Delhi’s most luxurious hotels, The Atrium at The Imperial is highly coveted for its afternoon tea. With picturesque settings, the old-worldly charm of high ceilings, and a fountain and artistically presented culinary delights, The Atrium is a must-visit. Popular for its afternoon tea, the menu includes sweet and savoury baked goods like cookies, tarts, cupcakes, macarons, sandwiches, and canapes, alongside an elaborate tea menu. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to indulge in the city. The palatial grandeur and lavish setting gives way to an unforgettable experience. What’s more? The royal service and the extravagant cutlery make this place perfect for those who are looking for quality tea time!
Address: The Imperial, Janpath, Janpath Ln, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
The Tea Room By Blossom Kochhar
A quaint and cute cafe in Hauz Khas Village, The tea room by Blossom Kochhar offers an experience like no other. Offering a wide selection of teas Darjeeling Tea, Aromatic White Tea, Assam Tea and Traditional Indian Chai, the dainty decor makes this a good escape for some tea and conversation in the middle of the day. Freshly baked goods and mini-pancakes are a standout. If you wish to de-stress, you can even pick up a book from the mini library or head to the spa.
Address: No 1, above Blossom Kochhar Earth to Bottle, Part 1, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Does the thought (and smell) of freshly baked goods make your mouth water? Then visiting Elma’s in Meherchand Market is a no-brainer. This quaint bakery is reminiscent of a British tea room with its floral curtains, minimalistic setting, and beautiful cutlery. Known to be a quaint bakery with freshly baked bread, croissants, and pastries, it offers a scrumptious afternoon tea spread. Set amidst charming interiors you will be served on the classic three-tiered tray.
Address: 79, Meherchand Market, 80, Fifth Ave Rd, Lodhi Road Quarters, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
The Tea Lounge, Taj Palace
The Tea Lounge at Taj Palace New Delhi is the ultimate spot if you enjoy some variety in your high tea. With three menus to choose from – the Lansdowne, Maharaja Afternoon Tea, and the Athenaeum and over 100 options for tea flavours on the list, it’s a tea lovers’ paradise. Accompany your tea with their delicacies including Lemon Cheesecake, scones, Chocolate Cupcakes, macaroons, and finger sandwiches with varied fillings.
Address: Taj Palace, Taj Palace, New Delhi, Lobby Level 2, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Set in plush interiors with an old world charm to it, this slick cafe offers a classic experience with style. You can enjoy the British favourites such as the ritualistic three-tier serving of scones, cupcakes, sandwiches, biscuits and many more delights. We recommend trying Jasmine Tea here.
Address: The Claridges, 12, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, Tees January Road Area, Motilal Nehru Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110011
360, The Oberoi
Looking for luxury, opulence and finesse in Delhi? Then 360 at the Oberoi is the ultimate spot. Let a warm cup of gourmet tea revive your body and soul. Choose from TWG’s assortment of rich blends, accompanied by macarons, scones, muffins and fresh French pastries at 360 at The Oberoi, New Delhi.
Address: Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi, Delhi 110003