Taking Tea in New Orleans

Holiday tea at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans

WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
300 Gravier Street • New Orleans, LA 70130
504-523-6000 • windsorcourthotel.com

Just across Canal Street from the French Quarter in the city’s Central Business District, you’ll find the Windsor Court Hotel, one of New Orleans’s most gracious and luxurious. It is here in this city with its proud French heritage that generations of New Orleanians have been introduced to the English custom of afternoon tea. It is served in Le Salon, the Windsor Court’s elegantly appointed lobby, Thursday through Sunday year-round, but the hotel steps it up a notch during the holiday season with its Holiday Tea.

WindsorCourt2Partaking in the Windsor Court’s Holiday Tea has become a tradition for many local families. When reservations open each year on March 1, patrons begin calling to reserve their favorite table (the table in front of the fireplace is a highly coveted spot). A harpist or a pianist serenades patrons as they enjoy a properly brewed cup of tea from among the 26 offerings on the Windsor Court’s tea menu. Gingerbread and cranberry-orange scones—served with raspberry preserves, Devonshire cream, and lemon curd—tempt the palate, while a selection of classic English tea sandwiches round out the savories course. The final course includes sweets prepared by Windsor Court pastry chef Shun Li—miniature cakes and tartlets, chocolate-covered strawberries, and truffles. (His puff pastry swans, filled with Chantilly cream, are always a treat.) What better way to begin the holiday season?

The Windsor Court’s Holiday Teas begin November 27, 2015, and continue most days through January 3, 2016. Reservations are required. Call 504-596-4773, or go to windsorcourthotel.com/le-salon to make reservations.

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