If someone will come to me one Saturday afternoon…( or Sunday too) or any afternoon for that matter and will ask me to go with them to some afternoon tea place…I will jump with excitement and drop everything else and just go for it!
This is how much I love doing afternoon teas! But for the record I dont need to go out for afternoon tea every time. I feel I can make that classic afternoon tea party at home too…well any one can or any one who loves the concept..as much as I do!
Lately a few friends have asked me for recommendation for the best afternoon tea place in Oslo. Sadly Oslo in not London and not so many places are serving this classic concept! As a matter of fact there are just a few, very few places who are serving it properly and I have tried them all…..many times as they are really doing a good job!
Afternoon tea is something I love doing with my friends. We always have such a good time that I thought I would do a quick blog post for you guys who may be looking for something to do while the days are still a bit cold and rainy.
I am warning you that this topic is quite close to my heart so may be this blog post will turn into a longread! So I apologize in advance, but if you are like me, or slightly like me, you will love to read about it and I am going to share few clicks from these afternoon tea places too…So just chill, relax and enjoy the ride….( If possible go and get yourself a cup of tea…or coffee)
So here we go…..
My very first meeting with the concept of afternoon tea took place a few years back…in Harrods beautiful Georgian restaurant and that was when I fell in love with the concept! I do not have any proper picture of it but if you are following me on instagram, you can get a look at one picture from there..taken by mobile of course! The service, pastries, scones, jams, lemon curd, the company, everything was great!
Let me take you to the past, the history….. just to understand how it all started….
It dates back to 1865, English Afternoon Tea is credited to the Duchess of Bedford. The legend says that the first lady to enjoy afternoon tea was Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. Duchess of Bedford is said to have experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon one day and asked her butler to deliver all the tea making equipment with some bread and butter to her private room. She found this new meal so satisfying and enjoyable that she soon started inviting her special friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’.
Even when she went to stay with her aristocratic friends in their manor houses, she took her own kettle and tea making items with her so that she could continue her afternoon parties when she was away from home. The simple platefuls of bread and butter that first accompanied afternoon tea developed into much more elaborate selections of sandwiches, scones, muns, cakes, biscuits, gâteaux and fruit desserts. And that is the story of afternoon tea’s birth. And now it is so popular that you will find so many good places in UK serving this concept and of course in other countries too…
Lets come back from the past to present and let me introduce you to the lovely afternoon tea concept in Grand Hotel’s extra ordinary restaurant Palmen, which by the way has been renovated recently, but I have not been there after they have done that. They have the most stylish furniture which makes you feel royality for a few hours! Good service, but I personally love places which gives me a warm feeling. I felt as if it was a bit awkward to talk loud or to laugh like crazy ( well, the way I like to do) But sure I do recommend for a fancy high tea experience! Take a look at some pictures…
And then there is Theater Cafe’ in Hotel Continental , which I would recommend for a small group of friends who want to chit chat and enjoy lovely pastries, petit four, yummy sandwiches…and of course delicious tea or coffee!
We also have Cafe’ Christiania which is an extra ordinary experience in itsself. A visit to Cafe’ Christiania is a journey back in time! The premises alone is worth a visit and you will meet highly qualified staff who will give you attention throughtout your visit! Loved it and recommend it! ( Don’t have a picture from there)
It is so difficult to choose one favourite…but I am doing it now! Drum roll…..Here it goes….
I am talking about Hotel Bristol in Oslo!!! My all time favourite and never dissappoints! I just found a few pics from my last visit there a few months back…
The moment you enter the hotel lobby…you can feel that it has a history and many famous people have been here before you. The building itsself is charming and the place where they serve classic afternoon tea ” The Vinterhaven” and ” The Bibliotekbaren”are timelessly classic! And not to forget the piano music in background while sipping your tea and enjoying your nibbles! Can it get any better than this!!!
Honestly I have been here plenty of times and have enjoyed each and every time! Highly recommending it!
I can see this post is getting longer and longer…so I will spare you guys and tell about one or two more places some other time…
Remember every place has it’s charm! And the most interesting thing is that you will not be emptying your pockets to pay for grandeur like some of the other popular afternoon teas in other parts of world!