Afternoon Tea is always a delicious treat, whether it’s at a cute tea shop or one of London’s luxurious five star hotels. Piles of sandwiches, scones and delicate cakes with endless pots of tea whilst catching up with friends is a pretty lovely way to spend the afternoon. I was talking about our trip to The Berkerley for Prêt-à-Portea with Lynn a few months back as I’d received a general email from The Goring mentioning their tea. A few minutes later we were looking into their Afternoon Tea and checking diaries to find a suitable day we could escape the office early for a treat.
Although advanced booking can seem irritating at the time, I was willing to wait for an award winning Afternoon Tea that has been served for over 100 years. It’s also quite easy to forget about it and then have the sudden joy of finding it in your diary. A great thing to discover just a week before getting muddy at Glastonbury!
We jumped in a taxi down to the hotel in Victoria, the entrance is surrounded by rows of blooming flowers and of course I was taken back to the excitement of Kate emerging on the Royal Wedding Day a few years ago. We were guided through gleaming hallways into the sunny yellow Lounge. (I only had my iPhone to hand and I was shy of taking pictures in such a luxurious setting so sorry for the quality and lack of photos!)
As we were having a treat we decided we’d go for the Bollinger Tea which is £47.50.
Before the main event arrived we were served our champagne with a plate of strawberries and cream. This was followed by a small savoury dish, creamy layers of crab topped with a set chicken jelly. (I failed to take down the official name for this as you can tell…).
Then the tower of treats arrived!
We were just in time for the Coronation Tea, which meant that we had coronation chicken, cucumber, salmon and egg mayonaise finger sandwiches. All tasty and with the high standard of ingredients you would expect. The scones next were amazing and might even be the best that I’ve had! A light and airy texture, topped with clotted cream and fresh strawberry jam, I could’ve asked for more if I hadn’t had my eye on the pretty top layer.
Always an eye-catcher at Afternoon Tea and this top layer was no exception. It doesn’t look like a lot between two but we were already getting full and decided to split each treat. These included; Eton Mess, Strawberry and Elderflower Tart, Early Grey Macaroon, Rosewater Victoria Sponge, Royal Red Velvet Slice and Cassis Mousse Hat. A delicious mixture of flavours.
Of course the afternoon wouldn’t be complete without the tea. I try to have something different when I’m given the opportunity, so I went for a fruity Mango and Strawberry. It was quite striking in the hotel’s delicate yellow china.
It was also a nice refreshing change but perhaps a tea for those with a serious sweet tooth like me. There’s a lot of choice on the menu so I am sure there is something for every taste.
Feeling full to the brim, we were suddenly surprised with a mini sherry triffle, whilst I didn’t need to eat it I just couldn’t resist. It was just a few mouthfuls more after all!
We sat for a while longer and enjoyed the buzz of the Lounge. It’s not as large as other hotel lounges I’ve been too and this gave it a nice, relaxed atmosphere. The staff were faultless throughout.
As we were not quite ready to leave and we were seated very near to the private garden, we decided to go for a wander outside.
Pretty flowers, ducks and their ducklings waddling along the grass, a little patch of peacefulness in the centre of the city. You also get a good idea of the size of the hotel itself from the garden, smaller than the nearby Dorchester but I liked that as it seemed more intimate.
You don’t need to reserve a table on the terrace and in the garden so we took the opportunity to have another drink before leaving. It could be a great little place for future drinks in the sunshine when I’m feeling flush.
As we left I I took a shot of the staircase.
I could definitely picture Kate swishing down these stairs in her beautiful wedding gown.
It was such a lovely luxurious afternoon I would definitely recommend it. The Afternoon Tea is £37.50 per person, the Bollinger is £47.50 per person. You’ll need to book in advance, I think our booking was done about two months before.
Have you been to The Goring? Or have you enjoyed a luxury Afternoon Tea?