Tea Treasures of Northern Georgia

Tea Treasures of Northern Georgia
Photograph Courtesy of Château Élan.

Château Élan
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive • Braselton, Georgia 30517
678-425-0900 • chateauelan.com

Whether in need of a weekend getaway or just a day trip to the Georgia hillside, visitors of the award-winning Château Élan are sure to find some way to relax within the breathtaking 3,500-acre property that houses the resort, vineyard, golf course, spa, and a variety of culinary venues. Looking to improve the guests’ experience, the team at Château Élan spent parts of 2019 renovating different aspects of the hotel, including one of its 10 bars and restaurants, Versailles. Coinciding with renovations being made to the locale, which is housed in the sun-filled, glass-topped atrium of the hotel, Executive Chef Rodney Ashley felt the venue would be the perfect setting in which to incorporate the ancillary meal, afternoon tea.

“You come to Château Élan, and it’s just a different vibe,” Rodney says. Once you get there and drive through the vineyard, it’s just a different feel. You come up [to the resort], and it’s like tea belongs here. The setting and the ambiance here make you feel like you should be drinking tea.”

Guests who partake in the resort’s afternoon-tea service, which made its debut in late February 2020, will note that the menu fits perfectly in the restaurant’s contemporary aesthetic. Rodney says diners will find modern twists on classic tea fare, such as mini truffle egg sandwiches, smoked salmon on a mini croissant with cream cheese and dill, mini chocolate chip scones, blueberry verrines, and carrot opera cake. However, Rodney also notes that to stay ahead of the game, the menu will see changes throughout the year, especially with the changing of the seasons.

“I like to allow my chefs to explore their creativity,” Rodney says. “We’re almost like artists. Our art is being consumed, so I like to let [the chefs] have freedom to change things, and it’s perfect to do that seasonally.”

For those looking to mark a special occasion or celebration, Rodney says his team can customize some aspects of afternoon tea to fit the event. Versailles also accommodates patrons with dietary restrictions or gluten sensitivities, with advance notice.

Afternoon tea at Château Élan is $45 per person, or guests can choose to indulge in the Royal Tea with a sparkling wine flight for $65 per person. Children ages 12 and under can enjoy tea as well for $15 per child. Tea is served Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., by reservation only.