An English Tradition Returns to the Biltmore

Originally a small bite intended to satisfy that “sinking feeling” in the late afternoon, the tradition of afternoon tea was popularized during the reign of Queen Victoria. It has since become an opulent event, characterized by “tea services” of fine porcelain and bone china, as well as dainty finger foods, served in the elegant settings of London’s finest homes and hotels.

This is no different at the historic Biltmore Hotel. One of the only spots in Miami where patrons can still delight in the afternoon treat, the Biltmore has brought back this graceful practice after suspending it during the pandemic. And the tone is perfect, with seating beneath the hotel’s iconic vaulted lobby ceilings, accompanied by the dulcet tones of a live harpist.


It begins with the selection of tea, a choice between black, green, and Oolong varieties. This is followed by a petite offering of foie gras with sweet gelee, before the arrival of a three-tiered assortment of sweet and savory bites.

At the top sits a warm scone that can be dressed with Devonshire cream, apple butter, and orange marmalade. The middle tier has sandwich options, including our favorite, the classic cucumber sandwich. The final tier flaunts an array of confections, including a lemon bar, mini fruit tart, and chocolate caramel mousse. You can also upgrade to champagne, which comes with fresh strawberries soaked in Grand Mariner. Just don’t forget to lift your pinky as you sip the tea.