The Lobby Lounge bar at Four Seasons Hotel Austin provides a relaxed, lake view setting for afternoon tea in Austin, Texas.

Lobby Lounge

In a nod to its roots, Four Seasons Hotel Austin is giving a Texas twist to its popular afternoon tea offering in the Lobby Lounge.

Beginning this month, afternoon tea guests at the downtown luxury hotel will have their choice of a Traditional Tea, the formal English version that’s been served at the Hotel since 2002, or a new Texas Tea that incorporates Lone Star-inspired flavors into a menu filled with local ingredients.

In crafting the new themed menu, Chef de Cuisine Grant Macdonald turned to the tastes and textures he first encountered when he moved to the Texas capital in 2011.

“As a chef, for inspiration I always look to my local environment – the farms, ranches and orchards,” says Grant. “I like to see what’s coming out of the earth and to think about how I can put it on a plate.”

Local Texas flavors such as shrimp and chipotle can be found on the Lobby Lounge's Texas Tea menu.

Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge

So, for example, while regular tea guests nibble on items like Smoked Salmon with Dill and Cucumber and Brie mini-sandwiches, those who choose the Texas Tea enjoy heartier flavors such as Gulf Shrimp Chipotle Apple Salad with Avocado on Wheat, Texas Peach Serrano Jam with Pure Luck Blue Cheese on Cornbread Toast, Smoked Farm-to-Table Vegetable Ratatouille with Hoja Santa Goat Cheese on Crostini and Dewberry Chicken Salad with Roasted Poblano Mayo.

Both tea menus will continue to come with an assortment of scones, accompanied by Devonshire Cream and Lemon Curd for the Traditional Tea and Strawberry Butter and a Spiced Blueberry Compote for the Texas Tea. The selection of desserts and mini-pastries will also be different for each tea, with Chocolate-Pecan Bark, a Mini-Hill Country Peach Pie and Pecan Shortbread Cookies gracing the Texas Tea menu. The Texas Tea menu will change frequently to reflect seasonal availability of ingredients, whereas the Traditional Tea menu has remained mostly unchanged since its inception.

In addition to the food selections, afternoon tea guests enjoy their choice of premium loose-leaf green and black teas, along with picturesque views of Lady Bird Lake. Special menus are available for children, and gluten-free menus are available for those with a gluten intolerance.

Afternoon tea is served daily from 1:30 to 3:30pm, and is $30 per adult and $17 per child. For reservations, please call (512) 685-8300. Since all of the baked goods and sandwiches served at afternoon tea are made in-house at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, a minimum of 24 hours advance notice is requested.

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