What a curious mix of amazing and average this turned out to be! But mostly amazing. I will return, but for drinks and bar snacks.
Lovely environment and fantastic food and service. I had a lovely birthday afternoon tea, and the cake with candle was a nice touch. the cocktails were lovely.
However, I am unsure why this was voted the best afternoon tea in London in 2013. There were excellent elements to the experience, but they didn't all gel into the perfect Afternoon Tea.
For instance the tea was a little strong although a fresh pot was brought asap once this was pointed out. The cold water we asked for never arrived.
The scones were perhaps the best I have ever had - delicious, light and fluffy.
The sandwiches also a mixed bag - the smoked salmon was divine. The coronation chicken and egg mayo - were just to bland and over reliant on mayonnaise for their flavour. A healthy dose of seasoning required for both. I also requested some non mayo sandwiches for one of the guests - these were an interesting mix and included a curried cauliflower one - a tad random! I also would have liked a simple roast ham or gammon and english mustard option instead of the plain cucumber. I also noticed the several of the sandwich fingers had some crust on still - a little gripe, but at this end of the market it is all about perfection.
The canapes with the drinks were amazing! The cocktails amazing. The champagne amazing. The service and attention was generally pretty good.
We were so full after the cocktails and sandwiches that the whole pastry and cake level wasn't even touched, we took this home in a doggy bag to enjoy later.
I would recommend this as a venue for a special afternoon tea. But if you wish for the quintessential London Afternoon tea experience you simply cannot beat the Palm Court at the Ritz.
Worthy of the price and a good experience, I would say a 9/10 overall.
- 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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