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“Regents Park Honey Tea” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Athenaeum - CLOSED

Athenaeum
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $65
Cuisines: British, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Mayfair
Transit: Green Park Tube Station Hyde Park Tube Station We are in the heart of Mayfair, situated opposite Green Park and just a stone's throw from the West End.
Description: "Dining at the Athenaeum in London has been transformed with a glamorous, contemporary new look. Using the finest ingredients to provide exceptional quality, the menu features a selection of classic favourites and comfort food. A daily changing Table d’hote menu is served at lunch and dinner, which includes a traditional dish from the Carving Trolley, as well as the Larder at lunchtime, a sumptuous buffet of seafood, cured meats and salads. Cocktail hour has been reinvented with a selection of over 250 whiskies, as well as infused vodkas, innovative cocktails and delectable nibbles to share. New design, new spaces, a fresh new menu and a fabulous location, with constant attention to detail, the familiar faces of long-serving staff - and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The perfect ingredients for a great capital rendezvous. "
Burlington, Vermont
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196 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Regents Park Honey Tea”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

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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Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing and lovely afternoon tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

We booked this afternoon tea on behalf of them winning the 2012 awards.
We where not disappointed, the staff where friendly and always there when they needed to be.
Sandwiches where great, scones good, little bit to soft but enough clouted cream on top sorted that out.
Not the best crumpets we had tasted, but not bad either!

Good dessert, maybe a little to big pieces cut of the cakes, but they tasted as they should.

Lovely atmosphere!

Visited February 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good but not outstanding”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Having booked through the tea guild site we were expecting great things, and in parts it was. Firstly, the service was perfect, the staff could not have been more attentive. The tea, sandwiches and scones were lovely however the crumpets seemed cheap and the dessert trolley looked amazing but did not satisfy in the taste department at all. A smaller choice of a better made selection would have been better. Although we enjoyed the overall experience I think we would try a different venue next time.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Very good afternoon tea, room way too hot though!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

Enjoyed a very good afternoon tea (Xmas parent to my mum). Service was excellent as was the choice of teas. Choice of sandwiches was great, especially getting a second generous helping. Scones were beautiful, crumpets ok. Infact the whole afternoon was great but a little let down by the choice of cakes, there was nothing too appealing and the three slabs of sponge cake were left untouched. Luckily we were full from the lovely scones!! The room was stylishly decorated but stiflingly hot, don't wear too many layers as they apparently won't open the windows/doors.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Did not meet expectations”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

My daughter and I had 3pm reservations for the Honey Champagne tea on February 4. We had scheduled the tea due to the 2012 Tea Award. Once seated, we were offered sandwiches by the wait staff along with a plate of sandwiches already at the table. The offered sandwiches were fresh. Those on the table were dry and not particularly favorful. Not to worry as we were very much looking forward to the scones. The scones crumbled as we put the clotted cream and jam on them. They were very disappointing in comparison to those at The Savoy or Dorchester. We did enjoy our tea and the champagne. The dessert trolley looked wonderful. However, our Honey Tea came with a platter full of different cakes and such. While the macaroon and elderflower gel were tasty, the other desserts were not enjoyable. Combined with the fact we were ignored by the wait staff unless they were bringing another course,we were extremely disappointed. I'm not sure where our original wait staff went to, but we had to wave down another staff member to pay the 78 pounds for a very disappointing experience. I would not recommend this tea to anyone.

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