Every now and then we treat ourselves to tea at one of the top hotels in London. We know its expensive but to us its the same as having a meal out, and always seems a bit more special.
This time we booked the Champagne Tea at the Savoy.
When we arrived our table wasn't ready so we had to wait 5 - 10 mins, sitting on a gloriously comfy sofa. There were little shops in the foyer where you could see chocolates being made that looked AMAZING!!
We were shown to our table and then had the menu explained to us....champagne then the sandwiches, tea, warm scones, pastries and then cake.....yum!!
The menu had a choice of champagne, but we weren't offered the rose, which was a bit of a shame. The sandwiches were the normal selection (cucumber, salmon, chicken ham, but the bread was a bit of a disappointment. Nothing particularly wrong - but it wasnt special. It was a bit "Hovis" and "Kingsmill"
The scones were fine, but the glaze on top had crusted and was a bit like glue. Consequently the scones didnt break easily. We had a choice of strawberry jam, which was fine, but the star was the lemon curd!! BEAUTIFUL!! tangy and great consistency.
The pastries were next. We had a selection of 6 - and we could have had as many as we liked. I tried 4!! All looked beautiful but i thought the flavour was a bit lacking. They were slightly bland.
Finally the Savoy special cakes - fruit cake, victoria sponge, and chocolate brownie. I had the fruitcake - very rich and just moist enough. A typical fruit cake - nice and heavy.
As for the tea i had Yellow Tea and then a Rose Tea ... now that was special! absolutely delicious!!
The setting is quite formal and consequently it wasnt as relaxing as some Teas we've had. I guess that on reflection i was a bit disappointed as i had high hopes. All the staff were great but it just felt a bit like a conveyor belt. There were some highs (lemon curd, Rose Tea) but i cant help feeling they could have done better.
For me The Dorchester is better...there is just a little bit more attention to detail.
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