The tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as the lion at Waterloo”. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s biggest tea exporters and the island’s history is synonymous with the emerald tea estates that flourish from the south coast to the island’s vertiginous Hill Country. In the nineteenth century it was coffee that carpeted Sri Lanka’s lush hills, and pioneer James Taylor’s 19-acre experimental tea estate near Kandy was widely ignored until a coffee blight saw the island’s plantations all but wiped out by 1870. Although many British planters bolted for Blighty, a few took their cue from Taylor and stayed behind to replant their estates with tea. By the turn of the century, and after the arrival of a certain Thomas Lipton, Ceylon Tea began fetching high prices in London tea auctions.

At Teardrop, tea is in our DNA and ‘High Tea’ is one of our favourite times of the day (4pm ish). Served in your room, on the verandah or out on the lawn, after a long walk or a brisk game of croquet, the Teardrop ‘High Tea’ is a smorgasbord of locally sourced single estate tea’s and homemade scones, sandwiches and cakes that is not only complimentary (because we love treating our guests), but the perfect way to finish the afternoon and start the evening.

Where : At all Teardrop Hotels, but most special at Pekoe House, Goatfell or Nine Skies