High tea has never been quite like this…
The Rubens at The Palace hotel in London is now serving a £500 (US$627) pot of Golden Tips Tea, which can be sipped overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace.
The good news? The teapot serves three cups, enough to share (the tea, not the bill) with a couple of very close friends.
In collaboration with specialist tea merchants PMD Tea, The Rubens is exclusively offering its guests PMD's fine Ceylon Golden Tips, a rare tea blend produced in the highlands of Sri Lanka.
Expert tea pluckers handpick the tips of the small, succulent shoots of a special tea plant at sunrise. The buds are then sundried on a velvet cloth, turning the buds from silver to gold.
The Rubens' afternoon tea team is giving the Golden Tips Tea the five-star treatment – gold tweezers will be used to pick the leaves and weigh them with precision.
The tea will be infused using still natural mineral water and poured from a special silver tea set with white glove service. The Rubens recommends sipping on the tea before tucking into sandwiches and scones in order to truly savour its delicate flavour.
The Royal Afternoon Tea is served in The Rubens' Palace Lounge daily from midday – 5 pm (and until 6 pm on Saturday). The Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 (US$56.4) per person, and The Rubens Golden Tips Tea is priced at an additional £500 per pot.
The Rubens is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.