Afternoon tea at the Ritz, London

DSCN6911

The Ritz!

DSCN6910

 Ah, the glitzy Ritz!

I booked afternoon tea for us girls at the Ritz. One of my friend is a vegan and the other is a vegetarian and I have to say that the Ritz accomodated their dietary requirements to perfection. Their menus were well thought of and they had a good variety of different things.

DSCN6914

The Palm Room at the Ritz is a beautiful place. You can’t help but be impressed when you enter the Ritz and see the lovely flower arrangements, starched napkins and expensive tea pots. You feel a bit self-conscious about being under dressed, but as soon as the harp player begins to play, you just relax and take it all in.

DSCN6924Then the tea… I chose the Ritz Royal English and it was a perfect choice. An excellent tea with fantastic flavour and character. I drank two whole pots during our afternoon tea.

DSCN6928

The finger sandwiches took my breath away. So many, so many good flavours and combinations!

DSCN6929

DSCN6934

I had egg mayonnaise with chopped shallots and watercress on white bread, chicken breast with parsley cream on malt bread and ham with grain mustard on mayonnaise on brioche bread.

DSCN6933

The other sandwiches were cucumber with cream cheese, dill and chives on granary bread, Scottish smoked salmon with lemon butter on sourdough bread and cheddar cheese with chutney on tomato bread. They were all so good, but my absolute favourites were  the cucumber with cream cheese, dill and chives on granary bread and the Scottish smoked salmon with lemon butter on sourdough bread.

DSCN6937

I was a bit surprised that the scones were served later to the table. But what scones they were! So fluffy and lovely! Even the raisin scone was delicious and I don’t usually like them. It was so good to enjoy clotted cream with scones. Why can’t you get it outside the UK? I have read recipes how to make it, but it takes such a long time.

DSCN6943 – kopio

We had lemon macaron with lemon curd inside which meant that it actually tasted like something. We had a rasberry tart (that just tasted like alcohol), a puff pastry and a chocolate cherry cake, decorated with a cherry and edible gold leaf, that just melted in your mouth. Being on a full glutton mode, I even chose the chocolate orange cake from the trolley. As if I needed more to eat! But, it was  really delicious.

The Ritz is obviously a popular place to be seen. They have several afternoon tea servings and they must have a lot of reservations. You are suppose to have the table for 1 h 45 minutes. I do understand that they have to charge the customers, clear the table and set the table for the next serving, but we felt a bit rushed. We ate at a normal pace, but the serving staff hovered a bit and we had to put our last sandwiches on our plates so they could bring the scones. When we had a bit over half an hour time left, the staff brought our check. We were trying to enjoy the last cup of tea, when we felt  a bit pressured to leave. The staff was extremely friendly and polite and I do understand the time pressure to make and keep everything perfect, but the rushing was a bit annoying (even if it was done very subtly by friendly staff).

Thank you for a lovely afternoon tea the Ritz!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s