We wished to experience something truly British - the afternoon tea - and after some research, we felt The Goring would be best suited to our needs, and what is more, they have been awarded with an Award of Excellence by The Tea Guild. Surely, there can be no better guarantee than that!
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by a jovial doorman who immediately made us feel right at home with his jokes. We were shown inside, and the restaurant hostess immediately welcomed us by name; it was nice to feel like we were expected. Into the lounge, and our breath was taken away by the grand and lavish decor. The waitress attending to us was very gracious and she was very attentive throughout our stay at the lounge.
Prior to our visit, I had contacted the hotel in order to inform them that I am lactose intolerant and I was immediately reassured that everything would be taken care of. At the hotel, I reminded our waitress of my condition and she confirmed that they were aware and that I will be taken care of. I was definitely not disappointed! I was provided with a special three-tier tray that was still very similar to that of my family, so I did not feel left out. The food was exquisite and the selection of teas was well-balanced. We had the The Goring brew, which I heartily recommend!
All in all, we were extremely satisfied by the experience, and we were treated like royalty. We will surely return for another visit in the future, and wholeheartedly recommend the afternoon tea experience to anyone who feels like indulging in some proper British pampering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Having been lovingly refurbished, The Goring has entered a new era, yet retains its time-honoured style and exceptional service. The small, intimate hotel stands out from the crowd as London's last family-owned luxury hotel, as well as its unique Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen and one of the largest private gardens in the capital - an urban oasis. Nestled in fashionable Belgravia, adjacent to Buckingham Palace, this fantastic London location offers guests easy access to Knightsbridge, Mayfair and more - perfect for shopping and theatre, work and play. The hotel's sumptuous bedrooms and suites offer supreme comfort and the finest furnishings, whilst The Dining Room and Bar & Lounge serve the best in British food, irresistible cocktails and an award-winning traditional afternoon tea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Goring Hotel London
- Goring London
- The Goring London, England