Family Style: Tea Time at the Morrison House

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We constantly hear about the many benefits of drinking tea, like its cancer-fighting antioxidants and ability to lower the risk of heart disease. So why not skip your usual trip to Starbucks and make tea-drinking a family event?

On Saturdays, The Grille at Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria hosts a traditional afternoon tea service from 2-4 p.m. complete with assorted Mighty Leaf teas and warm house-made scones and biscuits with clotted cream and jams.

Tasty tea sandwiches include cucumber and tomato on brioche with chive cream cheese, curried chicken salad on wheat bread, and smoked salmon with chive créme fraîche on marble rye.

If you’ve never “done tea,” it’s not as stuffy as you may think. Sure, there’s a sense of decorum in this British pastime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax and enjoy yourself.

As a special treat, take the kids to Story Time Tea. Every third Saturday from 2-4 p.m., the Morrison House’s tea service transforms into a kid-friendly event featuring crafts, read-aloud story time, dress-up and seasonal activities, such as Thanksgiving Tea on Nov. 17 and a Christmas and Chanukah Tea on Dec. 15.

I took my 21-month-old Alex to Spooky Tea last month, where we munched on tasty sandwiches, made masks and tried on various costumes to celebrate Halloween. My attempt to teach tea etiquette and manners to my energetic son, however, wasn’t as successful.

If tea isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a regular meal at the Grille at Morrison House during the rest of the week. The restaurant serves up contemporary American cuisine in a piano bar setting, where on select nights, you can listen to live piano music.

The Grille at the Morrison House
116 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(202) 518-3800

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