Champagne Afternoon Tea Review – The Ritz Hotel, London

17/07/2013 | 0

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Having never entered the doors of this landmark hotel before, I was really intrigued to have a peek inside the London institution that is The Ritz Hotel and of course I was rather excited about all of the tasty teatime treats that awaited us too.

 

My husband and I had received ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two’ as a gift from his very kind and generous brother and our sister-in-law. We decided to save the experience and indulge on our first wedding anniversary, which of course made the occasion even more memorable.

 

Dressing up in our best outfits (smart attire is a must) really added to the feeling that we were headed somewhere special. We arrived (I tottered – heels and the Underground are not a good combo for me) at Green Park tube station which is directly adjacent to The Ritz.

 

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Open for over 100 years, The Ritz is one of the world’s most famous hotels. It does not fail to disappoint its visitors by serving up some quintessentially British old school charm, coupled with copious amounts of classic grandeur. Greeted by doormen looking positively regal in their royal blue top hats and tails, we swung through the iconic revolving door and into the elegant lobby.

 

We were guided to our table in the center of the opulent Palm Court where afternoon tea is served. The resident pianist Ian Gomes aided in creating a buzzy ambience as he performed classical favourites, as did the room full of guests, I suspect there is never an empty seat at any of the afternoon tea sittings.

 

The decor is decadent; miniature palms in pretty pots decorate the entrance, spectacular chandeliers hang from the domed ceiling over impressive floral centerpieces and the walls are delicately decorated in gold and pastel pink.

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Our glass of champagne arrived and we ordered our tea from the long list of fabulous sounding flavours. The rapid river of food then started to flow – you certainly don’t need to eat breakfast before your visit.

 

The stream of sandwiches seemed endless but we held firm and as we conquered our thick warm scones topped with rich clotted cream and tart strawberry jam, we moved on to our pastries  – melt in the mouth macaroons, mille feuille and what seemed to be a deep dark chocolate mille feuille. We finally thought that we were done…but no chance! The waiter moored up his silver trolley next to our table and literally out of nowhere mini trifles seemed to appear and before I knew it I was saying “Lemon Drizzle Cake please,” as hubby grinned with a sickly smile and agreed to the Black Forest Gateaux. If you’re not keen on a sugar rush, this is not the afternoon tea of choice for you!

 

I’d love to say that we sat elegantly sipping our tea (which was served from dainty fine china featuring a beautiful vintage pattern which matched the print on the menu – I love a consistent theme!), however the 90 minutes seemed to go by in a pretty pink, sugar plum haze as we over indulged and simply oohed and aahed.

 

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We received impeccable first-class service and all of the staff were friendly and inviting. We asked the hotel reception desk if they could print out some tickets for us as we were heading on to The Shard afterwards  and I had cleverly forgotten to bring the tickets with me and they could not have been more helpful and chatty.

 

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Images: via You Mean The World To Me

 

Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu:

  • Ham Sandwich with Grain Mustard Mayonnaise on White Bread
  • Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Chutney on Onion Bread
  • Cucumber Sandwich with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Chives on Caraway Seed Bread
  • Chicken Breast Sandwich with Horseradish Cream on White Bread
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter on Rye Bread
  • Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich with Chopped Shallots and Watercress on White Bread
  • Freshly Baked Raisin and Plain Scones with Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve
  • Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries and Cakes

 

Tip!

Book well in advance if you are looking to take afternoon tea on a weekend as you can be waiting months for an available date with your preferred time.

 

Champagne afternoon tea at The Ritz Hotel is a lovely way to celebrate a special event, it’s well worth the visit for the tasty teatime treats alone. It’s a lovely experience and is one to tick it off the ‘must-visit’ list. If you don’t go with your partner take your mum, she’ll love it.

 

 

 

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