Afternoon Tea with Jane Austen

Afternoon tea with Jane Austen is not what I had planned to give my mother for Mother’s Day.  It was just afternoon tea at a local hotel called Ballentyne Hotel.  However, when we arrived, we learned that particular Saturday afternoon had a Jane Austen theme.  Let me give you some background.  You probably know that Mom and I love going to afternoon tea, and whenever we are together either in our country or a foreign country, we seek out a nice place that serves an eloquent tea.  For Mother’s Day this year, we gifted Mom an afternoon tea for the next time she was in Charlotte, and this past weekend was it.  We went while Little Miss, who is still too young to appreciate this ritual, was taking her nap.

 Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons

We have rated our tea experiences over the years, and Brown’s Hotel in London is at the top of the list.  Much to our surprise, the Ballentyne Hotel’s is now number two.  Keep in mind that we have had tea in Buenos Aires, Yangoon, New Delhi, Capetown, Paris, Havana, Moscow, Bangkok, Lexington, and more.  The latest one trumped all of those experiences.  It was that good.  In fact, since the hotel is newer, it was like a updated version of Brown’s.


 The Table

Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons


Tea takes place in a nice living room area off of the main entrance to the hotel.  When we entered, we were pleased to hear someone playing the harp.

 Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons


Tables were set in lovely china, flowers, tea strainers, a variety of sugars, and nice flat ware.  The service was impeccable.

 Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons


We were each given a glass of prosecco to enjoy while we made our selections.


Afternooon tea - The 2 Seasons


Mom chose Parisian which was a black decaf with hints of berries and vanilla.  I chose green.


 The Tea Menu

 Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons

We were served savory finger sandwiches, scones, little cakes, truffles, and our favorites, macarons.  Every morsel was delicious.  We munched and sipped and had an uninterrupted adult conversation, which is a rarity with a toddler usually in the mix.


 Jane Austen

 Afternoon tea - The 2 Seasons


A few tables away from us sat a lady and her daughter.  Each was dressed in Jane Austen style clothes.  We grabbed them for a quick photo as they were about to leave, and others wanted a shot with them, also.  I think the hotel should have comped their meal.  Don’t you???


It’s so nice to have something special that Mom and I share.  It’s great having a special thing that we both enjoy, and we plan to keep this little tradition going for as long as possible.




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  1. kathy says

    Have you had tea at The Inn on Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina? If you ever do, it will scoot up to the the top of your list. Asheville is not so far from Charlotte so it would be a wonderful day trip for you two. (Jordan, think future gift!) I am sure you have visited the Biltmore Estate but if not, add that to your bucket list! The Inn on Biltmore is located on the Biltmore Estate.

    • says


      I have not been to the Biltmore since college! I am not sure if my mother has ever had tea at the Inn there but I will add it to the list. Great suggestion and any reason to tour the Biltmore again would be fun. Thank you!

  2. Donnamae says

    I’ve had high tea in only one place…not as elegant as Charlotte, but fun nonetheless…on the Isle of Mann. I’d be curious to hear how high tea varies from country to country. The finger sandwiches look scrumptious! 😉