Take a break from the high temperatures and enjoy a lengthy afternoon of high-tea with good company at one of these Arizona tea rooms.
Ensconced in a plush chair or comfy couch, enjoy afternoon tea and delectable bites at The Phoenician Resort’s Lobby Tea Court. Next to fine tea blends, finger sandwiches, such as classic English Cucumber or Egg Salad, scones served up with Devonshire Cream and a whole range of pastries, including éclairs and Scottish shortbread, are all arranged creatively on fancifully tiered platters.
6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480-941-8200, thephoenician.com.
Served in the Lobby Lounge from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, indulge in classic English high tea at its finest, hosted by Tea Maitre d’ Jeffrey Hattrick. Three courses are served — finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and French pastries – alongside exclusive tea blends.
2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, 602-468-0700, ritzcarlton.com.
English Rose Tea Room
In the classic tradition of English afternoon tea, the folks at Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas. From a simple scone with Devonshire cream to the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea, there is something for every discerning tea lover’s palate at this cute tea house.
201 Easy Street # 103 Carefree, 480-488-4812, carefreetea.com.
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
Indulge in a variety of specialty teas, freshly baked scones, miniature pastries and delectable tea sandwiches. The seasonally-changing dessert menu includes such sweets as strawberry mango mousse swan, creamy pistachio crème brûlée and orange tart for May. High tea is offered twice daily at noon and 2 p.m. in the Lobby Tea Court every Thursday through Sunday afternoon from November through May.
2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602-381-7603, arizonabiltmore.com.