I have always been a sucker for high tea. Maybe it’s the lilliputian sammies and desserts, the restorative effects of the antioxidants found in a good blend, or my penchant for Hugh Grant and Colin Firth films, but wherever I go I always try to find afternoon tea.
The Cadier Bar at the Grand Hotel has a very fine tea service. Set along Stockholm Harbor and facing the ably named yachts moored there, the Grand Hotel provides the perfect setting to enjoy a good cup of tea. We enjoyed the Traditional Afternoon Tea with the hotel’s blend of Keemun, Yunan and Sri Lankan teas. We had no problem working our way through the sandwiches filled with ham, shrimp, and salmon; no issues with the Swedish almond cake, chocolate panacotta, and blackcurrant and white chocolate roll; and braved our way, like good food soldiers, through the wonderful scones. A side plate of lemon curd, stirred butter, plum marmalade, whipped cream, and smetana accompanied the scones and they were so tasty I was sorely tempted to spoon them all up like ice cream, but the fear of being forever banned from the Cadier for eating the toppings made me think twice. (I can’t imagine, however, that I would have been the first person to ever do so.)
A reservation is strongly recommended as afternoon tea at the Grand is a very popular place for a Swedish fika.