I have been trying to get a coveted reservation for Oh, Christmas Tea for about 8 years now. Beginning October 1st each year, reservations open for the Holiday Tea. They are usually sold out within hours. This year, I scored!
One of the most prestigious hotels in Texas, The Adolphus was built by the famous beer tycoon Adolphus Busch. Providing guests with luxurious comfort since 1912, this lovely and historic hotel has hosted many special occasions and celebrations.
Now simply called “Holiday Tea” is served in the newly renovated French Room.
Being in the French Room can be a bit intimidating. Several questions ran through my head – Am I dressed properly? Do we have to whisper? Do I stick my pinky finger out when I drink my tea? The truth of the matter is there were all kinds of people there. Young mothers in hats and fancy dresses that brought their daughters in hats and fancy dresses. There were couples where the women were beaming with delight and the men were as animated as corpses in their boredom. There were tourists and hotel guests in business casual wear or even jeans as this was a stop on their itinerary for the day. So don’t be intimidated. Formal Tea is not something Americans get to do all the time. If it is something you want to do, just come on in and enjoy the experience.
Connie greeted us, seated us, and told us how it was about to go down. She is lovely and made us feel right at home. Her smile was so genuine and lit up the room. I want to go back just to see Connie.
The three-course tea is modeled after the English royal service. Small sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, fruit preserves, and a grand dessert plate, each course is served with a different tea.
As tea was being poured, a brief explanation and history were given. The Oolong tea was at one time picked by trained monkeys that could climb the high places where it grew.
There are several extremely well-trained people serving you to make this tea perfection. Edwin was my go-to guy. He did not make me feel inferior when I asked if the food being served was a finger food or if I needed my fork.
Ornately decorated for the holidays, the lobby is refined but oh-so-comfortable. Art filled, there is plenty of things for you to see and admire.
After 3-6 cups of tea, you will need to stop at the restroom (which has really nice soap).
Head to one of the lobby rooms with the Christmas Tree and 2 fireplaces. There is plenty of plush seating to sink into and relax for a bit.
RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST
November 24 – December 30
1:00 – 3:00 pm on weekdays
Noon – 3:00 pm on weekends
Dress Code: Business Casual; Festive
$55 per person – 3-course pre-fixe menu
Valet Parking is complimentary with Holiday Tea