The civilising influence of Tea
Butler Stories by Maya Beus for St. Regis
“I love to imagine some of our illustrious past guests taking afternoon tea together here. Tea is so humanizing; it puts everyone on their nicest behaviour. Emperor Haile Selassi, Count Leo Tolstoy, M. Emile Zola, Miss. Ava Gardner, King Alfonso of Spain, Il Duce even... a pretty surreal mix. Of course, the challenge for any good butler would be, how best to serve them all at the same table!”
Guillaume, Head Butler
A St. Regis Ritual
It all began in England, in the early 1800 and has long been associated with the entertainment of society. In the late 19th century, Caroline Astor, the mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV brought the afternoon tea to a new level and made it a ritual to enjoy some quality time surrounded by friends & family.
At St. Regis we celebrate this tradition every afternoon at Le Grand Bar, with homemade scones, finger sandwiches and a selection of pastries, accompanied by some delicious Dammann Frères Tea.