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Talk of the Town Royal Tea at the Hermitage Hotel

by Roger Sands

Inspired by Shonda Rhime’s latest hit show Bridgerton, Nashville’s iconic Hermitage Hotel is now offering an afternoon tea befit for royalty. Every Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. guests will enter the upper echelons of London’s high society for the afternoon, with a commemorative keepsake menu brimming with the hottest gossip from “Lady Hermitage.”

The exquisite afternoon tea features a wide variety of teas and a menu of Royal Kensington Biscuits, Majestic Apricot Crumb Bar, along with a Delightful Chocolate Tea Cake. Tea sandwiches include Cucumber & Smoked Salmon, Herb Cream Cheese, Marble Rye, Asparagus & Parmesan Quiche, Fine Herbs, Darjeeling Poached Chicken Salad, Baby Pears, Walnuts, Brioche. Treat yourself to such delectable accompaniments as Lemon Curd & Butter and Duchess Devonshire Cream, or savory and sweet Ladies Spring Garden Scones.

Afternoon tea has a long-standing history, from high society Londonites gathering to pass gossip to suffragists gathering in the 19th century to discuss women’s right to vote, so carrying on this proud tradition is a natural fit for the Hermitage Hotel, which in 1920 hosted both Pro- Suffrage and Anti-Suffrage groups during a legislative battle over a woman’s right to vote, which ultimately gave women equal voting rights.

The iconic Hermitage Hotel is the longest standing Nashville hotel. Built in 1910, in a group effort by Nashville’s community, this luxury Nashville landmark has been the backdrop for years of traditions, memories and Nashville’s most memorable moments.

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