English High Tea at Grand Nuwara Eliya
With pictures depicting the tea story of Ceylon and the display of the elite tea varieties and blends, this part of the hotel has become a hive of activity in recent times. The Tea Lounge is designed to entice both the connoisseur and the uninitiated to the world of Ceylon tea and guide them towards the surrounding tea plantations where the world famous beverage begins it long and illustrious journey.
The story of the Grand Hotel begins with Sir Edward Barnes choosing to build his holiday home in a quiet part of a beautiful valley surrounded by mist covered mountains, which gradually became the nursery for the world’s most famous beverage Tea. Since then Nuwara Eliya has been renowned as the capital of Ceylon Tea. It is no surprise that the British pioneer planters of the time thought it fit to convert this unique place into a little town resembling their home many seas away.
Horse racing, Golf, evening parties, Balls and other social necessities were soon established, and the Barnes Hall, later known as the Grand Hotel was inevitably at the center of all this merry making. And Tea was important both as an economic activity as well as something to be savoured with the right ambience.
The sprawling prize winning gardens, the quaint lounges all contributed to a Tea culture that has stood the test of time for centuries, and to this day the tradition of Tea is at the heart of what the Grand offers to its visitors. Earl Gray, English breakfast, Irish Breakfast blend are still savoured with the same finesse and style as they were a hundred and fifty years ago.
Today, hundreds of eager visitors from all over the world make their way to the Grand Hotel to experience the famous beverage in a perfect setting at the Tea Lounge at the Grand Hotel, which contributed towards being adjudged the Tea Lounge of the Year 2018, by LUX Life, Magazine bringing international recognition. With an international circulation among high net worth individuals from all around the globe, LUX magazine showcases products and services that appeal to this distinct breed of readers. And Grand Hotel was honored to be bestowed with this prestigious accolade.