By its very origins and noble nature, high tea is a fun, classy affair that affords those partaking the opportunity to dress up and transport themselves to a completely new time and place. While what you wear to your visit to Runya’s Room is ultimately up to you, here are a few tips for your high tea dress:
While we often associate high tea with Victorian Era dresses, lacey hats, and matching parasols, these are not general staples of high tea culture today. That said, we certainly wouldn’t turn anyone away bothering to put in that effort for their tea time!
Instead, most tea establishments, Runya’s Room included, see most guests in smart casual to formal wear. For women, this is often a dress of some sort or smart trousers and top. Men will dress accordingly, with nice trousers and often a jacket or collared shirt, tie optional.
There isn’t much more to the formal dress code of attending high tea these days. That said, we can leave you with a few etiquette pointers for your visit!
1. Pinkies out! The reason to hold a pinky out for balance is rooted in traditional teacups which had no handles. Today, this problem isn’t prevalent, but we still recommend never looping fingers through the handles of the cups themselves!
2. When excusing oneself from the table, protocol is to place your napkin to the left side of your table setting.
3. When stirring your tea, try not to mix the tea frantically in a circular motion with your spoon. Instead, start at rim of the cup closest to you and ‘fold’ the tea way from you to the other edge a few times.
Of course, your main goal should just be to enjoy yourself and relax, taking in the experience that is tea with us!