Tea time is a revered and cherished ritual in British culture; exuding an air of sophistication and luxury. But did you know that there are two distinctive tea ceremonies, each with its own origin and allure? Let’s take you on a journey through the refined world of morning tea and high tea.
The tradition of morning tea, usually at daybreak, is meant to provide a gentle and comforting start to the day, in a way that is relaxing and allows one to ease into their day. It’s a moment of respite, a time to gather one’s thoughts, and an opportunity to savour and absorb the atmospherics around. This cherished ritual typically features a steaming cup of black tea – such as the strong and robust English Breakfast tea – served with milk, sugar and the morning newspaper on the side. While morning tea rituals maintain an informal and flexible nature, more formal settings include a choice of teas, that are accompanied by an assortment of light pastries, biscuits, and sandwiches. Teas that can perk up your mornings include:
- Earl Grey: a black tea flavoured with bergamot, with a slightly citrusy and floral note
- Assam: a rich, full-bodied black tea, perfect for those who enjoy a stronger brew
- Darjeeling: often referred to as the ‘Champagne of teas’, it is delicate and aromatic with a hint of floral notes
- Green: a lighter and less caffeinated option, in a range of flavours, from grassy to nutty
- Herbal: caffeine-free infusions such as chamomile, peppermint and ginger, that soothe and cleanse
Formal or informal, the morning tea ritual remains a delightful way to kickstart the day, offering a moderate caffeine boost and stimulants that awaken the senses.
High tea on the other hand, has an intriguing history, with its roots in the working-class communities of Northern England during the 18th and 19th centuries, especially in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. It originally served as a hearty evening meal for factory workers after a long day’s work, featuring hot and substantial dishes, including meats, pies, and bread. Today, high tea has evolved into a more elaborate affair, distinct from the upper-class tradition of afternoon tea. It includes an array of savoury items such as finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and pastries, making it a supremely elegant affair.
‘Morning Tea By the Riverside’ captures the charm of a serene morning by the Kosi river. It offers a delightful selection of breakfast teas and light bites, allowing you to relish a freshly brewed hot cup amidst the soothing mountain breeze, the rising sun, and the pleasant symphony of chirping birds. It’s a magical moment of natural beauty and simple pleasures.
‘High Tea at the Lawns’ mirrors the opulence of British high tea, providing an exquisitely refined experience in the midst of nature’s beauty. The setting in the lush lawns of Radisson Namah is a visually stunning experience. Set by the poolside, against the backdrop of the Kosi River and verdant mountains, it offers an elegant affair with a delightful selection of teas, complemented by an array of pastries, finger sandwiches, and savoury bites. The serene ambiance makes it the perfect setting for an immersive experience within the tranquil atmosphere of the pervading wilderness.
In today’s fast-paced world, these tea rituals offer a pause for reflection, connection, and a touch of opulence. Namah Resort at Jim Corbett merges these traditions with the captivating wilderness, creating a fusion of British heritage and India’s natural splendour. It’s where the elegance of a bygone era mingles with modern sophistication, offering a refined yet contemporary experience.
So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey that blends time-honoured traditions with the lap of modern luxury, the exquisite tea rituals at Radisson Namah Resort await your presence.
Namah Resort – a member of Radisson Individuals is located near Jim Corbett National Park, and is a Hospitality Partner for our ‘Luxe Voyage’ travel series