Wedgwood Wonderland Afternoon Tea at The Langham

Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaNo matter the time of year or the occasion, you can ALWAYS count on me to be up for afternoon tea.

Everything from the elegant rituals to the delicious nibbles to the refined atmosphere has me positively smitten!

And over the years I’ve made quite a study of afternoon tea services, especially here in Chicago. But there’s one tea service I’ve been dying to try for YEARS… the legendary Langham Wedgwood Tea.

Did you know that the traditional afternoon tea service first debuted at London’s Langham Hotel in 1865? Seeing as they’ve MADE afternoon tea what it is today, I’ve been itching to try the Chicago Langham’s version for what seems like forever.

And finally, for the start of this festive holiday season, I’ve had the opportunity to AT LAST try it for myself.Langham Hotel Chicago LobbyI mean, the Langham has one of THE most stunning Lobbys I’ve seen anywhere (it made such a glamorous back-drop for my holiday style shoot last month) — how could afternoon tea in this setting be anything less than perfect?Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea Refined, elegant, and yet modern…Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaI couldn’t wait to finally dine under these metallic ceiling baubles!
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaFind yourself a cozy seat…
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaPreferably next to the fireplace or a window with a view of the bustling city below.Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea(How lovely is this Wedgwood tea service china!?)Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaFirst things first… NO good tea service could possibly start without TEA!

For the Wonderland Tea, the Langham has a limited edition blend dubbed the “Nutcracker” which I highly recommend! It’s a full-bodied Ceylon Black Tea infused with the rich flavors of hazelnut and aromatic vanilla — such a festive, warming blend to sip on during the holidays.

It never hurts to order a glass or two of bubbly for good measure either… you know, to keep you occupied until your food arrives…
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaOne thing I immediately discovered when our food came is that the Langham serves their afternoon tea nibbles a little differently than most — serving the savories BEFORE the desserts and warm scones as opposed to everything at the same time.Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaThis “tiered” approach to the afternoon tea nibbles (PUN INTENDED!) is quite a clever idea. At the very least it ensures that I don’t just immediately dive into the sweet section…

Which I’ve been known to do…

From time to time
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaLuckily the savory sandwich options are positively delicious! Each one I tried was a really innovative mixture of rich flavors and textures.

Including a Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Tartlet with tuscan kale and medjool date compote…

Big Eye Tuna Belly Rillette with sicilian caponata and celery hearts served in a charming jar with toast on the side…Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaEnglish Cucumber Sandwiches with castelveterano olive butter, watercress, and toasted quinoa which makes for a surprising crunch (this is easily the most innovative cucumber sandwich I’ve ever had!)…

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwiches with dried currants, valencia oranges, and arugula…Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea and a Braised Portuguese Octopus Open-Faced Sandwich with spicy romesco, crispy chorizo, and pickled onions!

Something important to note is that the Langham is great about substituting any and all savories based on your dietary restrictions so don’t be afraid to ask. They swapped my chicken salad sandwich for a beautiful caprese pesto toast in the blink of an eye!Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaNext up we have desserts!
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaFor their Wonderland-inspired tea service, the Langham is offering a delicious selection of holiday sweets like Chestnut Petit Gateau with mascarpone mousse and cinnamon sablee… Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea“Cookies and Milk” consisting of gingerbread batonette with an eggnog mousse and nutmeg… 

a Chocolate Peppermint Bar with candy cane brownie and dark chocolate ganache…Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea and — my personal favorite — the Speculoos Cookie with milk chocolate ganache and raspberry caramel!
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaAnd finally comes the most traditional part of any tea service… SCONES!Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaTWO festive flavors of beautifully warm scones actually: Orange Cranberry Scones and spicy Gingerbread Scones. 
Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaServed with the traditional accompaniments of Orange Marmalade, Raspberry Preserves and Devonshire Cream, of course.Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon Tea Nothing warms the soul better during the holidays than a warm gingerbread scone smothered in imported clotted cream and jam!Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaAnd finally, to finish off the delicate feast, servers kindly bring around these snowball-inspired chocolate-covered strawberries.Langham Hotel Chicago Holiday Nutcracker Afternoon TeaYou know, just in case you hadn’t already had enough to eat!

I’ve waited FAR too long to try the Langham’s legendary afternoon tea service. Served in one of my favorite hotels (Travelle is just next door too!), I couldn’t be happier to finally tick this afternoon tea service off my Chicago Bucket List. Especially since I got to experience their special Wonderland Holiday Tea!

If you’re looking for the perfect afternoon meal to fuel you during a day of holiday shopping along the Magnificent Mile, look no further than the Langham’s Wonderland Tea. Just make sure you come on a VERY empty stomach!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.

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  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    So much food! It all looks so delicious!!
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