Afternoon Tea at the O’Henry Hotel in Greensboro, NC

I had the most delightful experience last week. My dad and his lovely wife were in town for a visit, so I took them to afternoon tea at the O’Henry Hotel in Greensboro, NC.

Exterior of the O'Henry Hotel.

I first fell in love with the ritual of afternoon tea in Scotland. To clarify, when I say ‘tea’ I’m not just talking about the beverage and a cookie. Oh, no no no. A proper full/afternoon tea should include a bottomless pot of hot tea, finger sandwiches, and other small savory bites, a variety of little sweet treats, and of course, savory and/or plain scones with clotted cream and jam or curd. In the U.K., afternoon tea is enjoyed post-lunch but pre-dinner. Personally, I prefer just to make it my lunch.

Ever since that first Scottish tea, I have been on the lookout for a similar experience here at home. To be honest, I haven’t really found it. Until the O’Henry. Wow! Everything about it hit the mark, from the beautiful and sophisticated setting to the gorgeous mix-and-match china, to the delicious and thoughtfully prepared tiered tray of food. I felt as if I were at Greywalls Hotel or Prestonfield House or any other fine establishment in Scotland.

See for yourself!

A teapot and a cup and saucer on a table at the O'Henry Hotel.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”   

โˆผHenry James, The Portrait of a Lady

A teapot, teacups, and tiered trays of food at the O'Henry Hotel.
The O’Henry offered six savories, four sweets, and one scone with clotted cream and pear curd. ย I was full and even had to ‘doggy bag’ a couple of items.
A wood paneled room with a sitting area at the O'Henry Hotel.
A tapestry on a wood paneled wall at the O'Henry Hotel.
A vase of pink and yellow flowers.

See what I mean?  The O’Henry Hotel is delightful!



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