Our destination was the Westbury, a member of LHW. We had decided the previous evening to go to the Gallery. The Easter Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea seemed especially tempting, based on the description on the website.
The Gallery is located on the first floor and guests can either go up the beautiful staircase or use the elevator.
The staircase is split into two. When turning to the left you arrive immediately at the Gallery, if turning right you encounter the reception, concierge and elevators to the guest rooms.
There was a host already waiting to seat people. Unfortunately we didn't have a reservation, and the lounge was really buzzing, so our hostess asked us to take a seat at the bench and she would try and arrange something for us or we could head for the Marble Bar. Since we wanted Afternoon Tea we decided to wait. It didn't take more than a few minutes and we were seated near the piano and a group of ladies having a baby shower.
Soon a waitress handed us a menu. To our surprise there was no sign of the Easter Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea. On the website it didn't state from which date it was available. When we asked the waitress she had never heard of it before. She promised to investigate. After a longer wait our waitress returned with a print out, saying unfortunately the tea wasn't available yet. It is served between 27.03.13 and 07.04.13. It didn't matter to us, so we ordered the Traditional Afternoon Tea for 30 Euro each (ca. 40 USD). If you prefer to have it with Champagne it costs 36 Euro per person (ca. 47 USD). The Easter Afternoon Tea would have the same price. Additionally we ordered freshly squeezed orange juice for 4.50 Euro each (ca. 6 USD).
While we were waiting for our service we took in the scene. The hotel had originally only classic features, but thanks to a renovation a few years back it has completely changed and has a more contemporary flair. In the lounge are abstract paintings, a modern fireplace, sumptuous sofas and chairs. The colors are mostly grey, blue and red. There was a good atmosphere and the age group was mixed from young to old.
Back to our tea. To give it an elegant atmosphere our table was covered with a white linen table cloth. We ordered both the Granny's Garden Tea. There were at least nine different sorts of tea available. Ours was a fruit tea with rhubarb, vanilla and other exotic flavors. It harmonized with the food. The tea was a bit unusual served, because the sandwiches came on a separate plate than the sweet items.
We were asked if we wanted the cakes and scones at the same time or after we had finished the savories. We said we would wait for our sweets. There were egg, turkey and cranberry, ham and crab sandwiches. We both had as a favorite the turkey and cranberry sandwiches, one of us loved the egg sandwiches, while I had as second favorite the crab.
After a short wait we received the tower. On the lower part was the clotted cream, a pot of butter and jams. The middle one contained four scones (two plain, two fruit, and they could be ordered again without any extra charge) and the top contained the cakes, which was the highlight for us. There were pistachio cakes with a raspberry, cocoa and pistachio macaroons, meringue and chocolate brownies. All was fresh, full flavored and from the finest ingredients.
When we wanted to pay it was difficult to get the attention of one of the waitresses. In the end our hostess took care of it.
We spent around two hours at the Gallery and felt relaxed and rested afterwards. We also reserved a table during the week the Easter Cocoa Atelier Tea is available, so that we can try that one too.
Would we do the Traditional Afternoon Tea @ The Westbury Hotel again? YES!
Would we recommend this experience to a friend? YES!
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Thank you for your cherished custom and thank you for having taken the time and such care in favourably reviewing your recent experience of Afternoon Tea on The Gallery at The Westbury Hotel.
Having read your most detailed and step by step account, I am delighted to note that your time with us was most satisfying and that our beautifully refurbished luxurious hotel, the impeccable service and our delicious locally sourced food exceeded your expectations.
Your generous words of praise have instilled great pride in all of our team and have encouraged us further in delivering excellence to our customers.
I do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our renowned establishment in the near future and I look forward with great trepidation to ensuring you have a magnificent time sampling our soon to be unveiled Easter Cocoa Atelier Afternoon Tea which already has got everyone talking!
Thank you once again for your delightful review of The Westbury Hotel on Tripdvisor.
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