Teddy Bears’ Tea Party at the Ritz

Afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton sees the return of the hugely popular Teddy Bears’ Tea Party.

Youngsters attending are invited to bring along their favourite teddy and can even choose a new furry friend courtesy of the Ritz.

Held on weekends, the festive treat during December offers a mouth-watering selection. With something for even the fussiest of little eaters, guests can eat as little or as much as they wish.

The three course mini banquet features a classic assortment of tea sandwiches, scones and delectable desserts. The finger sandwiches include a variety of fillings such as egg salad, fresh salmon and cucumber. Lovers of freshly baked scones can sample the traditional fillings of Devonshire Clotted Cream, fruit preserves and fresh lemon curd. There are also an abundance of dainty desserts.

Set in the refined surroundings of the hotel’s Silver Palm Lounge everything about the tea begs guests to relax and take in the fabulous surroundings. Replete with Edwardian elegance, a tempting array of hot and cold beverages are also available including children’s drinks, a range of teas served in fine bone china and champagne by the glass.

Served by attentive wait staff, the Teddy Bears’ Tea is the perfect respite from the seasonal bustle and a leisurely way to ease into the festive spirit.

Santa is in attendance and children are welcome to update him on their wish lists. This year he’s joined by Mrs. Claus. She along with the larger-than-life Christmas bear alternate with Santa’s elves.

And if that wasn’t enough there’s always the picture perfect ginger bread kitchen to visit.

Manned by master baker Michael Edwards the towering confection is made out of 40 edible blocks decorated with icing and gum drops. Children are encouraged to stop a while during candy making demonstrations.

A harpist is on hand to play a medley of Christmas tunes. The musical accompaniment to the tea also includes superb carolling by a group of Ritz staff. Lending at times a distinctly Caribbean flavour to the yuletide songs, their ethereal rendition of ‘Christmas is Here,’ is a musical highlight not to be missed in the hotel foyer.

The Ritz-Carlton’s Teddy Bears’ Tea is held at the Silver Palm Lounge 2-4pm Saturdays and Sundays until 23 December and on the 24 and 25 of December. To make a reservation call 943 9000.

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