Isaree Thatchaichawalit gets the lowdown on this Sunday’s High Tea at the Old Course Hotel from Luke Botting, a Fine Food and Dining Society committee member and the organiser of this event.


This semester, the Fine Food and Dining Society’s line-up of events gets a classy kick off with High Tea at the Old Course Hotel. In the hotel’s Conservatory, attendees will get to taste three distinct teas, each paired with a specific tea-time food. An expert from the Old Course will be there as well, in order to give more insight into the different teas. To give us a peak at this Sunday’s event, its organiser, Luke Botting, answered a few of our questions:


T: In your words, what can we expect from this event? What makes it more special than ‘regular’ high tea?

LB: What makes this more than a normal high tea is the range of teas and the depth in which we explore them. We’re tasting teas that most people won’t have experienced before, ones which are lighter and more delicate than the normal English Breakfast or Earl Grey, and so have some really unique flavours to them. We’re also really lucky to have the Old Course’s expert come in to pair the teas to the food, bringing out the best of both flavours and finding that great balance between fine foods and the teas that best suit them. For those who are into their tea, those that want to get into it, and those that just like food and drink, it’s going to be a great event.

Photo by Kristen Tsubota

T: Could you elaborate on what the Old Course’s tea expert will be telling us?

LB: [W]hen it comes to teas it sometimes takes a confident tea-taster to tell you what to expect — what flavours to look out for and how one note might compliment another. Aside from that, the history of the teas themselves (where they’re grown and how they’re processed) and how best to prepare them is something [the tea expert will] go through.


T: What do you hope people will get out of this event?

LB: Personally, I hope people will appreciate that tea can be so much more than a teabag with a milk and two sugars. There’s a lot more to it than that, and you can find some absolute beauties if you know what you’re looking for and don’t mind giving different teas a go. It’ll also be nice to kick-start the Fine Food & Dining Society’s rota with an event that shows our breadth — not just fine food, but great drinks and a really friendly, sociable atmosphere. When we first came up with the idea, we thought that it would be a great way to introduce new students to some of the unique aspects of St Andrews — like drinking tea in front of the Old Course — and meet new people at the same time.


High Tea at the Old Course Hotel takes place this Sunday, September 27th, from 2 PM to 5 PM. The event page and menu can be found here. Tickets can be bought online (£22 for Fine Food and Dining Society members, £30 for non-members).


Isaree Thatchaichawalit


Photo Credit from the Fine Food and Dining Society Facebook Page