Tivoli Palácio de Seteais in Sintra, Portugal, offers travelers a Queen’s Tea, with three new menus from the hotel’s pastry chef Cíntia Koerper, who graduated in gastronomy from the Alain Ducasse Formation in Paris.
The daily tea ritual is inspired by the little-known fact that Catherine of Bragança, daughter of the King of Portugal, inspired tea’s popularity in England when she married King Charles II in 1662. Due in part to Portugal’s trading with China, Catherine brought loose tea to England as part of her dowry. The young queen helped make tea a social beverage. Tivoli Palácio de Seteais’ daily service highlights Portugal’s connection to afternoon tea.
Taking place daily at 5 p.m., the service is open to the public and guests on the veranda or inside the hotel’s restaurant. The new Queen’s Tea menus include traditional English scones made with raisins soaked in rum, a variety of tea sandwiches and traditional Portuguese pastries like queijadas (milk tarts) and pastel de nata(custard tarts).
Diners can also enjoy new specialties including Sintra reineta apple tartlets, vanilla madeleines and almond financiers. Menus also feature tea, of course, with options ranging from traditional English breakfast to Roobois tea from South Africa.
Pricing for tea service begins at $32 per person for three pastries and tea.
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