The Hotel Del Coronado, affectionately referred to by locals as The Del, is a gorgeous hotel dating from 1888. At that time, afternoon tea was a popular Victorian ritual. According to hotel literature, it was a leisurely and sumptuous affair including small sandwiches, sweets and carefully prepared hot tea – the centerpiece of the table. Polite conversation was very important and unsavory subjects were taboo. Tea service at The Del was a daily event until the 1950s.
Today, this lovely old hotel serves up tea in the Victorian tradition once a year. These tea times start after Thanksgiving, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and run right up through the end of December except for Christmas Day. During this period, there are other blackout dates when tea is not served. Reservations are absolutely required and should be made as soon as possible.
The teas, menu and service are exceptional! The surroundings are richly decorated for Christmas. After tea we recommend you enjoy a walk around this lovely hotel, stroll on the beach and check out the underground shopping mall.
For more information on the Victorian Tea, contact Hotel Del Coronado or visit their website, www.hoteldel.com, where tea information is available by Autumn.
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
Below is a sampling of the 2010 Victorian Tea Menu:
Smoked Salmon Mirrors:
chive cream cheese & salmon roe on white bread
duck & curried mango chutney on toasted brioche
Pulled Citrus Braised Ham:
ham with mustard fruit on dark rye crostini
Warm Black Currant Scones
Fudge Dipped Strawberries
Chocolate Opera Cake
Fresh Fruit Tarts
Black Currant Chinese Black Tea
Mandarin Orange Green Tea
English Breakfast Tea
Chamomile Herbal Tea
2010 Prices: Adults $40.00, Children Ages 6-10 $20.00
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