I went to afternoon tea at L'Espalier last January with my mom and a few girlfriends, and we loved both the tea sommelier and the interesting flavors. It's not really for the person wanting a plethora of scones and oodles of clotted cream, but that's okay. This particular meal had some incredible tea dishes--it was infused into a dark and rich chocolate cake, a creamy panna cotta, foam covering a giant prawn, and somehow made it into a port after-dinner drink.
And let's be serious, the black tea, pear, and anise soda aperitif was something I need to try and replicate, and soon. I think next summer's cocktail adventures are going to involve tea.
Beautiful sunset sky on the way home