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Afternoon tea at Claridge’s Hotel, Mayfair October 23, 2011

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I’ve now had a few ‘traditional’ afternoon teas now…I haven’t blogged about most of them.

I’ve had a few simple afternoon teas not at top London hotels so haven’t really blogged about them. Ones worth noting was at Dean Street Town House. It was cheap, £15.95, sandwiches were good, scones were good, and the top cakes tier were pretty good.

I recently went to Claridge’s for their afternoon tea…it was hard to get a table, I booked back in August, and couldn’t get a table until October.

This is a quick post as I didn’t take any pictures.

We were ushered into a beautiful room, with a huge fresh roses arrangement in the room. Somone playing a grand piano on one side and a celloist next to them.

The service there, absolutely incredible, if we so much as edge our hand towards the teapot, someone would magically appear to pour for us.

The sandwiches were very delicious, their flavours distinct and I would say that I had the best egg and cress sandwich there compared to anywhere else. The egg was boiled, but boiled to perfection – that state when the york is no longer runny, but bright orange, and not yellow.

The scones, an apple scone and a sultana scone were one of the best I’ve ever head. It beat Lanesborough. It was buttery and absolutely moorish and the Marco Polo house made jelly was light and not too sweet. The desserts were pretty good too…consisting of some varieties including a fig tart, a yoghurt, a lemon cheesecake.

Once we finished each tier, they would ask if we wanted more, as I’d starved myself all day (no breakfast, no lunch) for the 5pm sitting, I was famished and I got a second round of sandwiches AND a second round of scones. We also got another round of cakes, but not the full array. We were also given the option to change teas…and as our sitting came to an end, we were both given a small canister of their house blend.

What a nice touch, for £38.95 (they will also automatically add 12.5% gratiuity at the end, it was well worth it. It is without a doubt the best of the traditional teas I’ve had so far.

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