The Food Life

A Spot of Tea

By Katherine Rapin / Photography By Kelly Smith | November 20, 2017
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When was the last time you went to a proper tea party or sipped a cuppa with a nibble of scone in the afternoon? It’s probably been too long.

Stephen Starr’s British pub, The Dandelion, has recently added a teatime menu, available daily from 3 to 5 pm. “We wanted to connect our space here at the Dandelion with the tradition of tea in London,” says general manager Nicole Bell. You can order up tea tiers with tarts and pastries, petite sandwiches, and of course loose-leaf teas (caffeine-free options are available) and tea cocktails.

If you like to try a bit of everything, order the Royal Occasion and get three sweet and savory tiers with a four-cup pot of tea. You’ll taste cheddar and whipped honey atop a buttermilk cracker, a triangle of delicate cucumber sandwich with lemon parsley butter, smoked bacon and orange marmalade on pumpernickel bread. To follow, there are graham-cracker crowns, macarons, and scones with Devon cream, lemon curd and raspberry jam.

Teatime can be a nice alternative to holiday happy hour—more like an afternoon pick-me-up—but, at the Dandelion, you can have both in one. Try a tea cocktail: Bluecoat gin, Earl Grey syrup, lemon juice and egg white are shaken together for the London Fog. Milk punch, made with whiskey, brandy, Earl Grey tea and a touch of milk, is served in an old-school glass carafe.

The Dandelion
124 S. 18th St.

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