Back in the 19th century, for Lady Anna, Duchess of Bedford, afternoons were the most strenuous time of the day. Hours before dinner, she felt the urgent need for a little snack in between and since there was no option for a quick “lunch to go” in her English shire, she set up a ritual that was going to change the daily routine of the British population: the five o’clock tea.
Although Munich is more of a coffee drinking city, the trend of a decent afternoon tea slopped over from the British island. And as I’m a big fan of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey – which both celebrate the culture of tea drinking – Brown’s Tea Bar will make all of my emerging high tea cravings come true.
Decorated with a love for elaborateness and detail, this tiny tea salon reminds me of an English drawing room from the 19th century. The variety of tea to choose from is huge and the quality is stunning. Usually I get stuck at the glass case, displaying delicious homemade cakes (my all time favourite is the lemon tarte), but they also serve scones, shortbread, sandwiches and much more. By the way, the best places are definitely in the back – velvet armchairs, need I say more?
Having a cup of tea with dear friends here, talking about whether to pour tea in first, then milk or vice versa, is the ultimate British tea time experience to me. Lady Anne would be delighted!