Hilton lounge brings touch of class to ‘low tea’

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The Hilton Pattaya is making the city a little more civilized with the start of an afternoon tea service at its Drift lounge.

Business Development Director Peta Ruiter and Drift Manager Albert Jethanamest kicked off the 3:30 p.m. tea service March 21, offering guests several varieties to choose from: jasmine, Earl Grey, and English Afternoon. Coffee was also available.

The Afternoon Tea for two costs 600 baht and includes a pot of tea and a three-tiered tray of sandwiches and desserts, including truffle quail’s egg salad, salmon and cucumber; breaded chicken, roasted pepper and cheese tortilla rollups, fruit scones with clotted cream, home-made strawberry preserves, cheesecake, lemon tea cake, profiteroles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and French macaroons.

Business Development Director Peta Ruiter (seated, 2nd left), along with friends and guests prepare to taste the afternoon tea.Business Development Director Peta Ruiter (seated, 2nd left), along with friends and guests prepare to taste the afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea dates to the Victorian era in England when Duchess of Bedford Anna Maria Russell served up a light meal and refreshment before supper for Queen Victoria I. By the end of the 19th century, afternoon tea, or “low tea”, had developed into its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes.

Tea is served at the 16th floor Drift lobby lounge from 2-6 p.m. For more information, call 038-253-000.

Drift Manager Albert Jethanamest introduces the Afternoon tea served in the Drift lounge.Drift Manager Albert Jethanamest introduces the Afternoon tea served in the Drift lounge.

Sandwiches, tea and strawberries dipped in chocolate look delicious.Sandwiches, tea and strawberries dipped in chocolate look delicious.