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BEST HIGH TEA Phoenix 2005 - The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton

2401 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

602-468-0700

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We are certain we detect just the hint of an English accent when we speak to Jeffrey Hattrick, the Tea Maître d' (yes, there is such a thing) at the Ritz. But Hattrick cheerfully admits that he hails from Portland, Oregon. No matter, we'd let him read our leaves any day -- he clearly knows his way around the tea pot. In fact, Hattrick tells us, he heads up tea service for the entire Ritz-Carlton chain. Lucky us. We put ourselves in Hattrick's capable hands, and he pours a lovely Earl Grey Supreme (plain old Earl Grey is clearly not good enough for the Ritz!).

We lean back into the comfortable lobby couches at the Ritz, and sip. Then we pig out. Er, we mean nibble. We promise, after Jeffrey's tea we will never make fun of a cucumber sandwich again. Now we understand that whole lemon curd thing. And we will never forget the pastries, nor the chocolate dipped strawberries.

Sated, we sink back into the pillows and sip more tea, our reverie broken when Jeffrey politely clears his throat to announce the presence of a birthday girl in the lobby and then launches into song.

What a tea party!

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3 comments
Lisa
Lisa

Jeffery was wonderful. Host, singer, tea guru. He made us feel right at home. The hotel was trying to do a more modern type tea and even had marteani's. A bit too modern for my grandma but we all liked it. It was an elegant afternoon for all of us and I would definitely go back again.

STACEY LOVELL-SMALL
STACEY LOVELL-SMALL

WE ATTENDED THE COTTONTAIL TEA WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL. JEFFERY WAS WONDERFUL. JEFFERY SANG AND READ AN EASTER BOOK TO ALL THE CHILDREN. HIS OWN BLEND OF TEA WAS SO GOOD. MY SON CHRISTIAN LOVED IT. HE IS STILL TALKING ABOUT THE HOT CHOCOLATE AND THE SPECIAL SEAT JEFFERY HAD FOR HIM. THANK YOU FOR THE EXPERIENCE. WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME.

STACEY LOVELL-SMALL
STACEY LOVELL-SMALL

WE ATTENDED THE COTTONTAIL TEA WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL. JEFFERY WAS WONDERFUL. JEFFERY SANG AND READ AN EASTER BOOK TO ALL THE CHILDREN. HIS OWN BLEND OF TEA WAS SO GOOD. MY SON CHRISTIAN LOVED IT. HE IS STILL TALKING ABOUT THE HOT CHOCOLATE AND THE SPECIAL SEAT JEFFERY HAD FOR HIM. THANK YOU FOR THE EXPERIENCE. WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME.

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