This is one review I really didn’t want to write. I love Brown’s Hotel and so I was really looking forward to afternoon tea there a few weeks ago.
But what a disappointment.
The staff were great - friendly, attentive and intelligent.
The food and drink were not so good, I’m afraid. The sandwiches were rather uninspiring and tasteless, in particular the chicken sandwich contained some rather tough, dry, gristly chicken. The scones were small and hard and two were actually still raw in the middle. One of us had the alternative afternoon tea and the tabouleh savoury was completely tasteless and served on a wilting gem lettuce leaf. This alternative tea was a great idea but carelessly executed.
The Victoria sponge was very ordinary - I’d be happy if I bought it in M&S or Sainsbury’s but not at a five star hotel. The cakes on the plate were really disappointing - a rather sad, battered macaroon which was an alarming bright blue colour and an apple tart that consisted of what was obviously a factory made pastry case and the kind of cheap apple sauce that you can buy in a jar from a supermarket. Again if it had been from Sainsburys Basics range I'd understand it but this certainly wasn't a Sainsburys Basic price.
I’ve had afternoon at Claridges and the Connaught and these cakes were just awful by comparison with what we had in other hotels.
Even the tea was horribly weak. I ordered Assam and specifically asked for it to be strong with an extra spoonful of tea leaves but when the waiter poured it it came out a pale grey colour - not really tea at all. I would have thought that the waiters doing the hotel's afternoon tea service should know what a good cup of tea looks like. With a price tag of £45 I'd expect something better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brown's was the first hotel to open in London in 1837 and since completing a 24 million-Pound restoration, this outstanding hotel now offers guests 117 luxurious rooms and suites, outstanding dining, a buzzing bar and relaxing spa. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Brown's Hotel has many of London's major attractions and best shopping on their door step. It is from here that Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" and Agatha Christie "At Bertram's Hotel". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Browns Hotel London
- Brown's Hotel London, England