Taking tea Upstairs

tasty May 22, 2018 09:05

By The Nation

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Every last Saturday of the month, relax over afternoon tea in the air-conditioned, neo-classical venue known as The Upstairs.

Part of The House on Sathorn, The Upstairs has an opulent grandeur with intricate ornaments and details offering a picturesque juxtaposition to bustling Bangkok. The Upstairs even has three different rooms with different identities, namely the Emerald Room, Ruby Room, and Secret Room. 

Built in 1889 during the reign of King Rama V, The House’s neo-classical structure originally housed wealthy businessman Luang Sathorn Rajayutka, who created Sathorn Canal. The home was later was passed down to his descendants. In the early 1920s, the site was converted into the majestic Hotel Royal. Later, from 1948 to 1999, the building served as the Russian Embassy. 

Recognising the immense historic value of the house, the development team worked closely with Thailand’s Fine Arts Department to carefully restore the home to its former glory, as part of the conversion to The House on Sathorn. Major renovations were conducted on the four buildings and large courtyard, keeping the original main structure intact. Meanwhile, inside, the original colour palette, intricate wooden staircases and even the Sathorn Rajayutka family’s personalised fresco motifs have all been meticulously restored by the Fine Arts Department. 

The high tea at the Upstairs begins with a refreshing sorbet of the day, followed by traditional scones with home-made marmalade, jam and Devonshire clotted cream. Pastries include steamed pumpkin custard, candy bale fruit chiffon cake, pandan coconut mango jelly cake and 64-per-cent Valrhona chocolate cake. 

Also on the menu are Macau egg tart, mango tartlet with vanilla cream, blueberry cheesecake, Thai orchid tea praline and traditional Thai sweet coconut pudding wrapped in banana leaf.

Savoury treats are Prosciutto-Cheese Mini Bun, Scottish Smoked Salmon Croissants, Spinach-Ricotta Quiche Lorraine and Crab-Cucumber Finger Sandwiches.

The afternoon repast is complemented by fine TWG teas. A tea master from TWG will also on hand to share his tea experience. 

The high tea will be served every last Saturday of the month (May 26 and June 30), from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Each set is priced at Bt1,499-plus including a selection of TWG teas. 

Find out more at (02) 344 4025 or email thehouseonsathorn@whotels.com