Where to find the most Decadent Darjeeling and Sublime Scones
By Si Si Penaloza
Photo: Egerton House Hotel
Get Leashed knows that dog-friendly and sophisticated are not mutually exclusive. These four properties share the same mindset and cater to the canine with class!
The Egerton House Hotel, Knightsbridge
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We admit it, we are crazy for The Crown. And Downton Abbey before that. And Merchant Ivory films before that. And with the whirlwind of wedding planning happening with Harry and Meghan, we can’t help dipping into our Anglophilia when it comes to summer 2018 travel planning. Good thing that The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge welcomes guests with two and four legs to enjoy Doggy Afternoon Tea in its elegant Drawing Room. This canine-friendly tea service showcases the latest in pooch-pleasing treat trends such as chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade dog biscuits, doggo ice cream and a fun chew toy to take home as a memento of yet another great trip with your jetsetting pet.
Photo: Egerton House Hotel
Afternoon tea is a classic British tradition – and at The Egerton, doggies are more than welcome. Upon arrival, dogs are greeted with a warm reception and enjoy a tasty menu specially designed for them. Doggy Afternoon Tea is served in the same style as a traditional high tea and features three courses, just like the human version.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we can’t help but think of how dogs are our most consistent, emotionally available Valentines. It’s an enduring kind of love that, let’s face it, is rarely matched in the modern realm of Bumble and Tinder. The love of a loyal dog has seen us through many a broken heart or break up. For Valentine’s Day, those who wish to celebrate in style with their one true furry love can book a special Egerton House package. You’ll experience an overnight stay in a beautifully appointed room, full English breakfast in bed, plus the Doggy Afternoon Tea and Traditional Afternoon Tea. Dog owners tend to gush on the lavish affection their pets offer them every single day… perhaps it’s high time to reward such unconditional love with a paws-itively luxurious day together. Charming servers are at the ready to help navigate the extensive tea list!
Milly, the Guest Liaison Dog, a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, belongs to Michelle Devlin, General Manager of The Egerton House Hotel.
The best part of the package besides the furry-friendly tea? The Egerton is a short walk from Harrods and all the signature sights west London has to offer. This artful afternoon tea has won commendations by the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017, and is served in the elegant drawing room that feels like you’re having tea with junior royals like Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. The executive chef caters to everyone (not just dogs), with top tier substitutions for vegetarians, vegans and those who require gluten free options.
Is high concept bourgeois bling more your thing? Made up of a series of artist spaces, sketch is so more than a mere restaurant. Design is at the forefront of this social experiment. The fact that they allow disciplined dogs inside is a testament to how far we have come in mingling dog culture and high end hospitality. sketch welcomes small, well-behaved dogs in The Parlour between 7am and 4pm. If you’re seeking completely unique and dog-friendly in Mayfair for brunch or afternoon tea, then sketch is right up your alley.
Photo: Instagram / @lecorgi
From the exterior, sketch looks like a posh Mayfair townhouse. Inside it’s a gastronomic playground with four unique dining areas. Set in a vividly designed 18th century building on Conduit Street, the culinary fare on offer goes way beyond traditional brunch offerings like french toast and bacon. Conceived by three-Michelin starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, expect everything from deep fried eggs and sketchup to posh porridge served up in one of the most Instagrammable hotspots in London. A pup parent’s foodie dream come true! Dogs will receive a very warm welcome from the pup-loving staff who will be more than happy to provide bowls of fresh water.
This art-installation-cum-social-club has hosted more than their fair share of celebrity dogs. We’d most likely like bumping into Tom Hardy and his fur brood. David Shrigley is the latest artist to have transformed The Gallery, following Martin Creed’s commision in 2012. The installation was conceived by Turner Prize-nominated David Shrigley and is a palatial pink paradise filled with 239 of his tell tale, farcical drawings.
Hotel deLuxe, Portland
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This Pacific Northwest gem of a hotel has debuted an Afternoon Tea Service for both Rover and Miss Whiskers. Their rather fabulous twist on traditional English tea features TeaPet Salon pet-friendly herbal infusions. Lauded for their over-the-top pet-friendly accommodations, Hotel deLuxe has expanded its beloved tea service from Gracie’s sun-dappled dining room into the hotel’s luminous lobby and is now inviting guests to bring their four-legged companions and embark on a culinary adventure with Afternoon Tea for Pets.
Photo: Hotel deLuxe
Now, when guests book the hotel’s popular Afternoon Tea, they can opt to upgrade the experience, bringing along their pet to enjoy traditional English tea service while their dog or cat feasts on their own canine or feline tea service with a choice of herbal tea infusion from TeaPet Salon. These special blends are made just for furry companions using premium natural herbal ingredients. For cats, Hotel deLuxe offers Meowtopia, a blend of herbs like Catnip, Valerian and Lemongrass with Natural Salmon, Bacon and Apple flavors. Blends especially for dogs include Le Grand Wag, made with Rooibos, Rose Hips and Nettle and flavored with all Natural Bacon, Salmon and Apple; Marco Pollo, an active blend of herbs like purifying Burdock, heart friendly Hawthorn and energy boosting Ginseng blended with all natural Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potato and Coconut flavors. We’re a fan of the ingredients in Ruff Day, a delicious blend of anxiety calming and stomach soothing herbs like Chamomile, Valerian and Ginger flavored with all natural Blueberry, Beef and Maple. Your companion will also enjoy pet-friendly treats from Furrever Pets Bakery.
Photo: Hotel deLuxe
Kaitlin Dover, the hotel’s tea sommelier, has cultivated such a savvy twist on the traditional English style Afternoon Tea that has made Hotel deLuxe a destination for tea aficionados in the Pacific Northwest. Pet parents feast on all the Afternoon Tea classics: custom-blended teas from Portland-based Smith Teamaker, the nation’s foremost tea purveyor. Then comes a selection of house-made scones, savory sandwiches, marionberry jam, and delicate tea pastries. Don’t forget the imported English clotted cream! It’s truly the proverbial cherry on top of a grand experience. Feeling super festive? Add on a glass of bubbly or a la carte tea-inspired cocktails crafted with Portland-made Townsend Tea Spirits by the experts from the hotel’s Driftwood Room cocktail lounge.
Cypress Inn, Carmel
Photo: Cypress Inn
Get thee to Cypress Inn on a Saturday! Their complete tea service features a selection of Homemade Scones and Tea Cookies, Tea Sandwiches, Petit Fours, Jam & Thickened Cream for Scones, and your choice of tea. Sip afternoon tea in the “Day Room,” where classic Doris Day films may be viewed upon request. Served Saturdays from 12 noon – 3pm; make your reservations in advance so you can snag a table closer to the roaring fireplace. In winter months, it can get a bit drafty in the hotel lobby; bring along a sweater or shawl if you tend to get chilly easily.
Doris Day Room / Photo: Cypress Inn
Cypress Inn is America’s pioneer in pet-friendly culture and accommodations. Ahead of the curve, this was California’s first hotel to not only welcome but cater to pets in the mid-1980s. Concierges are known to carry grain-free all-natural dog treats, eager to dole them out on arrival. The interiors of this 1929 gem co-owned by actor and animal rights activist Doris Day recently got a glamorous vintage Moroccan makeover. The Instagram-friendly white facade remains Spanish Colonial, but the inside is all sublime Casablanca shutters, mosaic tiles and sensual souk-style lanterns. Terry’s Lounge rolls out a daily Yappy Hour saluting all things retro with a classic cocktail carte for adults and Muttinis for four-legged companions. The Culinary Canine menu is also a huge hit – Chowhound Chicken, Buster Burger and Muttloaf.