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Rhodes in Residence – Afternoon Tea Wimbledon Style

We’ve seen a whole host of Michelin star chefs descend on the UAE in the last few months – all for lunches and dinners. However we now have our first Michelin-starred afternoon tea in Dubai and all thanks goes to media darling Gary Rhodes. One can now partake in the quintessential British ritual at Rhodes in Residence in Grosvenor House’s Tower Two.

The invention of the afternoon tea dates back to the 1840′s and is widely credited to one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope 7th, the Duchess of Bedford, to appease her mid-afternoon hunger pans between lunch and dinner especially in the summer when dinner was served later around 9ish.

Rhodes in Residence is in fact the open-plan lobby lounge on the mezzanine level of Tower Two – may not sound that appealing but it’s in fact quite a cosy, compact number with faux fire and Union Jack cushions adding to the traditional Brit atmosphere. Pick a table or ensconce yourself in a sofa, whilst perusing the afternoon tea menu. You have three choices – a tiered afternoon tea stand with a choice of tea or coffee (AED 150), or upgrade to a glass of champers with Gosset (AED 250) or Taittinger Rosé (AED 275).

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