Margaret’s Deck, Kurseong – Tea and much more
Kurseong, has always lived in the shadows of his more illustrious sister Darjeeling, considered as the queen of the hills. Kurseong, literally meaning the land of the white orchid, has always been a quick stop for a bite of momo and a gulp of tea, for tourists heading for Darjeeling.
The small eateries and road side sacks have served plates of steaming plates of momos and bowls of thupkas to hungry tourist heading for Darjeeling. But now there is a difference, enter Margaret’s Deck, an exclusive tea lounge. Margaret’s Deck is an initiative of Goodricke Tea Pot at the Margaret Hope tea garden in Kurseong.
History of Margaret’s Hope tea garden
The plantation of the Margaret’s Hope tea garden dates back to 1862 when it was known as Chota Ringtong (some say Bada Ringtong). It was managed by Mr. Cruickshank, her youg daughter fell in love with the lush green hills and meandering avenues of the tea estate.
Sadly Margaret’s love affair with the hill was short lived, as she had to make a journey back home to England.
She promised to return soon, but her promise was never kept as a sudden illness grasped her on her voyage home and she passed away never to return again.
Her father christened the garden Margaret Hope and today the Margaret’s Deck stand as a mute witness to Margaret’s eternal love for the amazing tea estate.
Margaret’s Deck – the lobby and the restaurant area
The Margaret’s Deck consists of two parts, the lobby and the restaurant area with an open kitchen. The lobby had a small outlet, where visitors could pick up packets of exotic tea. The lobby, with interesting posters on tea, serves as an waiting area and also doubles up as a tea tasting area for special guests.
The small tea lounge has a sitting capacity of about 30, including an outdoor section with a capacity of 10. It is located very next to the narrow gauge tracks of the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR), and if you are lucky you can witness the Toy Train go past the Margaaret’s Deck.
The visitors at the Tea lounge can experience the picturesque Himalayan peaks, gushing streams, swaying orchids while they sip on the choicest selection of teas The Tea Lounge, a perfect blend of elegance, incomparable experiences with a dose of heritage and mystique is bound to appeal to all, be it a gourmet tea specialist or just an inquisitive visitor….. Goodricke Teapot at Margaret’s Deck will give its patrons an experience to remember with its handpicked range of teas as well as chocolates, pastries, tea accessories on offer. Sip into a wholesome global tea experience, blended naturally with a stress free, premium environment where you can be introduced to the rich heritage and the culture of tea drinking. So…if you are a Tea Lover….you must explore the exotic Tea Lounge at Goodricke Tea Pot @ Kurseong’s Margaret’s Deck…… You can be assured of an amazing experience which heralds Tea Romanticism at its best…
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Created @ Learning System Studios(June’2018)