Love Affair with The Milestone

 Love Affair with The Milestone
The Victorian version of afternoon tea often includes rouladen sandwiches edged with crushed nuts on the bottom tier.

The second and third layers were a veritable feast, featuring nine different professionally created French pastries and the piéces de résistance, Bea’s signature cheesecake and meringue lollipops, flavors changing seasonally. Some of the more unusual fare included rosewater-lychee macarons and one of my favorites, a creamy beetroot-chocolate mousse with walnut-coffee financiers.

Arriving separately, warm, silk-textured plain and fruited scones, lightly dusted with sifted powdered sugar, were accompanied by a mile-high serving of Devonshire clotted cream and homemade whole fruit strawberry preserves.

Twenty tea choices to complement ranged from traditional to the obscure. Some varieties go well with milk, while delicate tea types destined to be consumed without fuss rarely need milk or sugar. Silver Tips is one such tea, picked before sunrise on the colonial Brunswick Estate, Maskeliya, Sri Lanka. The matchless prize for the tea drinker is an elusive aromatic scent and a unique flavor profile. For those who prefer a robust tea, try India’s Halmari Estate Assam, a malty rich brew that can handle a milk addition with ease.

It is worth noting that there are nine diverse afternoon teas offered at The Milestone to suit all tastes, and they range from Champagne, standard classics, vegan, and gluten free to the Little Prince and Princess Tea. There is even a tea academy for an in-depth tutorial on the history and nuances of tea and how one should pair it with cuisine. Absolutely something for everyone!

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