This article was originally published on Maastricht Region: to Live.
A pleasant mid-afternoon meal with finger food, sweets, and (of course) tea, high tea in a cafe is a lovely way to pass the time in the company of friends or on a date. Although high tea is actually a British invention, taking tea in a restaurant or cafe has been adopted around the world, including our own backyard here in Maastricht. Services range widely from the casual to the stately and no doubt have only a small resemblance to proper high teas, but when there are scones involved, who can complain? Here are a couple places I’ve enjoyed high tea in the area.
John Mullins Irish Pub
John Mullins offers an afternoon tea for people with a big appetite. Each person is given their choice of a personal pot of tea or a cup of coffee, and then presented with a three tiered platter packed with finger food. The first level is sandwiches and wraps, including a really nice smoke salmon and cucumber one, the second tier is cakes, and the third chocolates and other small sweets. No doubt the actual content changes frequently. The food is tasty and the platters are intended to be slowly selected from while you relax in the pub, but you probably won’t be able to eat it all. I took afternoon tea with my husband at John Mullins and we found it casual and fun.
The Coffeelovers on the corner of the 1992 Plein will arrange a lovely high tea spread with a reservation. With a two courses and a bottomless pot of hot water and even a small bottle of bubbly, the Coffeelovers’ high tea fits my idea of taking tea a bit more. I attended this one with a friend and we had a choice of seven types of local tea in loose leaf form. The first course were a pair of small sandwiches followed by a plate of sweets including a scone (although no clotted cream). The china cups and saucers were a nice touch although their mismatching colors were less high class and more charmingly cute.
High tea (or high tea-like) service tends to pop up in some unlikely places. I’ve heard that Simply Bread offers high tea, but I have not tried it. Have you taken tea somewhere in the Maastricht region? Please share it with us.