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About Afternoon Tea at the Briarwood Inn
Experience the elegance of afternoon tea at the award wining Briarwood Inn. For over 37 years one of Colorado's finest dining traditions. Nestled in the foothills of Golden, The Briarwood Inn offers classic dining amidst the grandeur of old world charm and European ambiance. Our tea menu offers a selection of teas from around the globe, freshly baked scones, soup du jour, warm flakey tartletts, an array of savories and tea sandwiches. Your afternoon is completed with homemade sweets, and a refreshing fruit sorbet.
Golden, CO 80401
Hours of Operation:
Afternoon Tea: Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
6th and Hwy 58
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Our free, on premise parking can accommodate up to 150 cars, tour buses and limousines.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Afternoon Tea at the Briarwood Inn Ratings and Reviews
I have frequented the Briarwood for many years and have attended many of their teas. Unfortunately, the most recent tea I attended left much to be desired. We were served cold tea, which was corrected, but should not have happened in the first place. The scones were okay, nothing to write home about. The French onion soup was delicious and the best part of the meal. Instead of their signature, delicious quiche, we were served some square of egg thing that was cold and unappetizing. The only sandwich I enjoyed was the cucumber sandwich, which was very good. The desserts were sparse in comparison to previous years and mediocre. Considering what was presented, the price was pretty outrageous. I guess the Briarwood's decision to become a special event venue was a good one as the teas, at least, have gone from fabulous to not worth attending.
I booked a last minute afternoon tea for my niece and me; we were visiting the area and the one I had booked cancelled on us. The food was outstanding, and for the price the high tea was well worth it. The service, however, was very, very poor. I don't know if it was because we booked literally an hour before we arrived, and the staff was hoping to leave (although there were two tables still sitting after we left) or if it was our dress...although we weren't in t-shirts and jeans, neither were we in afternoon sundresses. I, being 8 months pregnant, wasn't going to be more dressed up than I was (summer capris and a flowery, floral top) but my niece was in summer shorts with a more formal top. Anyway, there had to be some reason the person who sat us didn't say hello, didn't welcome us, didn't explain anything about the tea, practically threw the scones and accompaniments on the table, and never, ever smiled or said anything to us. Eventually another young woman took over the service, and although she wasn't completely unhappy and apparently displeased like her predecessor, neither was she friendly and engaging. She was much more pleasant, though. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and very simple , the food and tea were truly outstanding (my niece said she'd like a place just like it for her wedding), but the service (or lack thereof) detracted from what could have been an overall outstanding experience.
Attended Afternoon Tea for our first time at the Briarwood. Easily seated with our reservation, tea was excellent, the venue was lovely, but the food was not as expected for Afternoon Tea. As we were served our courses, never once did our server explain what we were eating. You'd think it would be customary to politely review what was just presented to you since some of it was unique. It's not specific on the menu but does list the courses. First course of scones were excellent with the clotted cream and jams. Second course was soup...but I didn't know what I was eating. My table and I guessed...and eventually asked one of the 2nd servers to find out it was artichoke truffle. Not bad but I had no idea what it was...it was pureed so not easily identifiable or distinct in taste. Next course was the tier of quiche, sandwiches and desserts. The sandwiches consisted of 3 selections of seafood. Who wants seafood sandwiches with Afternoon Tea? Especially if you do not eat and/or allergic to seafood. One item maybe but three for three - no. We had to ask our waiter again and were informed the menu rotates - which we didn't realize. I was expecting cucumber and egg salad...bummed we didn't get traditional items. Desserts were okay - too sugary on the Petite Fours, other items were fine.
Tip - remember to inquire what will be served prior to attending because you don't want to pay that much money for food you can't/don't want to eat. This just wasn't the Afternoon Tea for us, but now that you know...you could make it a better experience for you. It has potential but I wasn't properly prepared.
Last minute treat for my mum and I and loved the service, attention to detail and food. Began with freshly baked scones (still warm) with the cream and jam. A potato leek soup came next followed by the tea tower. 3 plates with quiches, finger sandwiches, individual desserts and a little bowl of sorbet at the end. Spent just under 2 hours having a quality experience with my mother. So good. Look forward to going back.
This was the first time coming to the Briarwood for tea. True to the Briarwood's brunch and dinners, the tea was also wonderful! Our server led us through the tea service explaining each course in detail. The mint green tea is delicious and the scones, sandwiches and sweets were all delightful. We ended up having to take some of the sweets home as the portions are more than ample. I highly recommend tea at the Briarwood for anyone looking for a true lovely example of what tea and tea service should be.
We were having a wonderful afternoon tea. We had reservations at 2:00 and showed up on time. At 3:00 we were barely finishing our tea (which is NOT cheap there) and our waiter came over with the bill and said that his manager had asked if we could finish up and go - the waiter said he would "advocate" for us to stay until we were finished.
This is a gem from a past era. Elegant dining in a spectacular building. Terrific, attentive service. The food was absolutely beautiful and wonderully presented but some didn't taste as good as it looked. For a tea, that's ok because there is always more food than one can eat anyway.
We all loved being served our own pot of tea from our own little tea pot.
The charming building, rooms, etc just need some TLC. I.e., stain and polish the wood. It would look better in soft lighting and in rhe evening.
I hope this makes it as it is a historic gem but without some refurbishing may not survive.
Since we have been here before, we expected the soup to be warm, scones softer and better
food. The service was just alright.
A this price and this place we do expect more.
Too noisy .
We did have some diet restrictions and they were taken care of.
This place has soooo much potential. I absolutely LOVED the ambiance, the multiple courses brought out for brunch, the tea was outstanding. The food, while it looked great - tasted horrible. It was as though it was a frozen meal heated up. If they could change their recipes into something tasty - I'd be here every week. It was beautiful. The champagne drink with a flower in it was awesome & tasted great. The lobster bisque, quiche’s, etc. - were not good. Even their scones tasted like they were from a box. If they fixed the food - they'd beat out the brown palace tea time every time.
Our waitress seemed to be a bit flustered, we waved her down after waiting about 15 minutes and nobody acknowledged us. Her response was flustered as well, stating that they had seated us and didn't tell her. (she had walked past us several times however) The place was Beautifully decorated, the food was great! I had requested a table by the fire place and was delighted that my request was honored! The waitress did become friendlier :) . Will definetely make this holiday tea a annual tradition!.
My husband and I enjoyed Afternoon Tea.....felt like we were in England. Scones were delicious - followed by soup and "finger sandwiches". Enjoyed a delicious, leisurely meal. You have your choice of numerous teas. Sweets also included. Wonderful, relaxing afternoon. Time to reflect and talk to each other while enjoying delicious food. Plenty to take home for another meal.
I made a reservation through Open Table and got 2 confirmations via email but when I arrived at the restaurant the hostess said she had no reservation! She said are you sure that you made reservations here? This bothered me. She asked us to wait in the bar and, when she came out, I showed her the confirmation on my phone and she said "oh, it is today's date!".
I was concerned as it said reservations were required for the tea. She, then, reassured me that it was no problem and we got a wonderful table. It was a birthday celebration for a 13 year old and the waiter was wonderful. He even brought out some extra desserts with a candle for her.
I would had rated the whole experience higher if there wasn't the reservation issue.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday afternoon tea! The food was very good and filling with soup, quiche, selection of sandwiches and desserts. The service was also very attentive. The Briarwood has great ambiance! I continue to have the Briarwood at the top of my list for Tea!
We went to the Briarwood for a baby shower. The staff was very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed for afternoon tea. The atmosphere was very appropriate for tea. The piped in music was a little lame. They would have been better off sticking to purely classical and skipping the easy listening but this is just a minor complaint and obviously more musical preference. The food was mainly good. A couple of the tea sandwiches were a bit dry but the little cakes and chocolates were delicious.
Food was inspired and creative, with a spooky Halloween theme and autumn produce. Fantastic pumpkin soup!
Waitress was friendly and helpful. The experience makes me want to go for dinner.
The only off note was when the Hostess was reluctant to accomodate our request for one of several open booths, but she complied.
We have always spent our Mother's Day Tea at the Brown Palace. We were unable to get in this year (we normally book months in advance). We didn't call in time this year. We then decided to give the Briarwood a try this year. It was wonderful! The only thing that the Brown Palace had over the Briarwood would be that a Champagne Kir Royal was not part of the Tea. I think this should be part of it. At least give a Champagne to the Mothers on Mother's Day. That was the only thing I'd change. Everything else was fantastic.
Our group of five went to Afternoon Tea, and it was really nice. There were lots of delicious sandwiches pastries and quiches to eat...you won't go away hungry! The soup the day we went was Gazpacho and it was pretty good. We also ordered a bottle of champagne as we were celebrating our friend's birthday. They have a pretty extensive wine selection and I was able to make a good choice for our table. We all had a wonderful time and would go again for tea.
On a whim, we decided to drive out to Golden for a relaxing afternoon tea/snack after wanting to check out the Briarwood Inn for some time. We made our OpenTable reservation and immediately headed out to catch the last seating (tea service stops around 2:30pm), and we were very glad we did. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and each course was more delicious than the next. From the white asparagus soup to the variety of savory finger sandwiches and petit pastries to the pomegranate sorbet to finish off the meal, we were thrilled with the exceptional quality of food and lovely ambiance at the Briarwood. It's worth noting that enough food is served for a lunch meal, we left satisfied (full, but not stuffed), will definitely return!
I love dinner at the Briarwood, and afternoon tea does not disappoint either. The service was excellent, the food was excellent, the dessert was excellent. Although the price range lends itself better to special occasions, afternoon tea with the girls was a winner for our group!
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