Afternoon tea at the Huntington

Sips of keemun tea accompany lingering bites of lemon bars, pecan squares, bite sized fruit cups, and cucumber or salmon sandwiches. Threads of conversation meander in between glances at the lush rose garden outside. Afternoon tea at the Huntington Gardens is a rare pleasure, one that is reminiscent of English drawing rooms in the 1800’s, after the Duchess of Bedford sought to fill the long gap between lunch and dinner with agreeable conversation and food.

Keemun tea, with its dark color, smokey flavor, was popular in England, imported from the Anhui region in China, and still remains one of the most classic black teas around.