What could more civilized than afternoon tea? Perhaps enjoying it with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Ladies of Lucerne, located in the historic Barn at Lucerne (a veritable treasure trove of antiques and oh-so-cute home furnishings), brings a touch of the Old World to Ballwin. High-grade loose-leaf Harney and Sons teas are served in beautiful teapots on candle-warmed caddies. Go for lunch, or for the basic Cream Tea: a potful, plus scones with Devonshire cream and house-made lemon curd. On Wednesday and Saturday, the more ambitious Afternoon Tea includes a cup of soup, house salad, a pot of tea and a three-tiered tray laden with finger sandwiches, scones and miniature pastries, with the option of buying up to the Royal Tea and the aforementioned bubbly and strawberries.
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