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“Afternoon Tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Goring

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The Goring
Ranked #9 of 1,088 Hotels in London
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Afternoon Tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Benjamin S,

Thank you very much for your review of your recent celebratory afternoon tea at The Goring.

I am delighted that you had a lovely birthday afternoon tea accompanied by cocktails, a surprise cake and fantastic service. Ian our Pastry Chef is a master at scones and I have to agree you would have to try hard to discover any to match his. I am just sorry that you didn’t have enough room to taste all of his pastries until you had returned home – they certainly shouldn’t be missed.

We all look forward to welcoming you back to The Goring before too long for another cocktail and a selection of delectable bar snacks.

With warmest regards,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We visited the Goring in July for an afternoon tea for my friend's 25th Birthday. It was a fantastic afternoon and I would absolutely recommend this to anyone for an afternoon tea. The location is great and the food was delicious. The staff were also very friendly and even brought out a birthday cake without us requesting it. Really really thoughtful. Will be visiting again soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Dear Amber d,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent afternoon tea at The Goring.

I am delighted that you had a fantastic afternoon with us and that your friend enjoyed their special birthday. It is always lovely to read that our guests wouldn’t hesitate to recommend us to others and we are all thrilled that you will be back to see us before too long.

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

We stayed at the Goring Hotel last week for part of our honeymoon and we will never forget it! Besides being completely beautiful inside and out, the staff were professional, warm and did not miss a beat. Gabor in the lounge took such great care of us and John, the head concierge, was so very helpful in arranging our airport pick up, before we arrived. I'm an admittedly picky hotel guest and I can honestly say that the Goring thoroughly impressed me! In the spirit of royalty, we were absolutely treated as such and we will definitely return. Thank you for the stay of a lifetime.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Vanessa A,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us for part of your honeymoon.

I am delighted that you found the team to be professional, warm and always on hand to look after your every need. Gabor and John are both chuffed to pieces to have been specially mentioned and have their heads held high.

We are all thrilled that you had the stay of a lifetime and that you will never forget The Goring. We hope that we will see you soon and that we can help you celebrate one of your many anniversaries to come.

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This storied small deluxe hotel is just steps from Buckingham Palace and has a wonderful British feel in a city grown increasingly global. We stayed for several nights, had excellent meals and a lovely air-conditioned room, but most of all we just enjoyed the illusion of stepping into a Merchant-Ivory film, complete with tea and scones and croquet in the secluded walled garden out back. The staff could not have been more friendly, courteous, or helpful. The Goring exudes an old world charm and civility rare these days, combined with a whimsical informality, as evidenced by the trademark sheep that pop up everywhere around the hotel, even on staff neckties and socks. (The origin of the iconic sheep motif is a story in itself, gladly shared by the staff.) If we have "world enough and time" we'll return to The Goring "in a New York minute." It's a wonderful, tranquil retreat from the crush of humanity in the city beyond its doors.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Dear Farsider5,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent stay with us.

I am delighted that your time here provided a tranquil retreat from the city surrounding us. We are so lucky that Beeston Place is so peaceful but that is also within moments of the hustle and bustle of London’s top sights.

The recent sunny weather in London has allowed our garden to be shown off in all of its glory. Croquet and afternoon tea have proved to be very popular with some highly contested matches taking place!

We are all thrilled that the staff and the sheep dotted around the hotel ensured that you had a memorable stay and we all hope that before too long that you will have enough time to return to The Goring.

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is the only place we stay in London. It is like staying in a private Great House! We were two couples traveling together and stayed 6 nights. The staff know you by name, and you will know all the staff by name also! The best concieriges (John and Patrick), best doormen (Rupert, Peter and "Mr. Poland") and excellent dining and bar. Every evening there was a new "surprise" in our room. You will be spoiled rotten by how well you will be treated and taken care of! This will always be our London home!

Room Tip: We love all the rooms, but #2 has a tiny bathroom (from previous trip.)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear TrippenDallas,

Thank you very much for another wonderful review from you of your time at The Goring.

We were delighted to welcome you back for your six night stay and that yet again we are the only place that you would stay whilst in London.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed your cocktail hour; my favourite has to be the Classic Champagne Cocktail. It is the perfect way to relax and reminisce after a day of seeing all that London has to offer.

We all look forward to welcoming you back to your London home for another few days of being spoilt rotten!

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We have just got home after the most splendid afternoon tea, the staff could not have been more kind and helpful without being 'in your face' The food was fantastic and there was so much of it we are all absolutely full. We could ask for more sandwiches, pastries or scones the tea was constantly topped up and we could not fault anything about the whole experience - well done The Goring, you deserve the best afternoon tea in London award!!

Room Tip: Sadly didn't stay so can't comment - maybe one day!!!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear nchlv,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent afternoon tea at The Goring.

I am delighted that you were well looked after during your splendid tea with us. Our team pride themselves on ensuring that all of our guests are well looked after and that they want for nothing.

We are all thrilled that you believe that we deserve The 2013 Top London Afternoon Tea Award from the UK Tea Guild and hope that you will be able to visit us again for some more delectable treats before too long

With warmest regards,

Graham Copeman
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

I love afternoon tea and our time spent at The Goring was indeed a joyous and atmospheric occasion, their Bollinger Afternoon Tea was sublime, the service and staff wonderful, we were made to feel like welcome friends even though it was our first visit. Strolling in the garden after the sumptuous fare was a delight as was listening to the sound of waterfalls in the heart of London and watching croquet on the lawn only added to the ambiance. I enjoyed the Lapsang Souchong tea immensely and am still dreaming of the warm homemade scones and the 'Not Quite a Trifle' and the cakes, the finger sandwiches ... well everything to be honest!.
Having enjoyed afternoon teas at The Ritz and The Wolseley I have to say The Goring was, in my estimation the most enjoyable. Try it!

Room Tip: I can't comment further as did not stay at the hotel.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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The_Goring, General Manager at The Goring, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Dear Margaret A,

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of your recent Bollinger Afternoon Tea with us.

We are all delighted by your comments and blown away by your statement that we were your most enjoyable afternoon tea. I am thrilled that you are still dreaming of the tasty treats that you enjoyed during your time with us and we hope that it won’t be too long before you return to sample them again.

With warmest wishes,

Graham Copeman
General Manager
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Property: The Goring
Address: 15 Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in London
#9 Business Hotel in London
#15 Family Hotel in London
#29 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Goring 5*
Number of rooms: 69
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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