We chose the Athenaeum for tea based on the 2012 Best Afternoon Tea Award. We opted for the Regents Park Honey Tea and had a fairly delightful afternoon. At £39.00 ($60 USD) it was not the most expensive tea we have ever taken, nor was it the best. Service was very good, and the menu listed below was spot on. But unfortunately nothing really knocked our socks off. The setting was elegant, and the room was hushed and well lit. The arm chairs were comfortable, but not practical for eating at, what was essentially, a large coffee table. Service would have gotten a higher rating, but on our way out, we had to ask for our complimentary jar of Regents Park Honey. The service team seemed to have no idea what we were talking about, and after a few awkward minutes standing by the exit, we were handed a couple of room service size jars of honey. No bag, no wrapping, just two tiny jars of honey that we eventually shoved into our pockets. While not terribly upsetting, this was not something one would expect at the end of a highly rated tea experience. So given the choice again, I'd choose a different venue for afternoon tea in London.
Selection of Sandwiches including Honey Roasted Ham
and Caramelized Golden Cross Goats Cheese
Freshly Baked Scones and Toasted Crumpets with Regents Park Honey,
Homemade Jam and Devonshire Clotted Cream
Selection of Homemade Pastries including Honeycomb Marquis, Honey Cake,
Elderflower Jello, Lavender and Honey Macaroons, Chocolate
and Honey Mille Feuille and Honey Cheesecake.
Your choice of Tea, Herbal Tea or Infusion
Complimentary Pot of Regents Park Honey
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