Afternoon tea at Claridge’s is a real treat. Not only is Claridge’s a beautiful, sophisticated and luxurious hotel but the service and food is also amazing.
The afternoon tea is served in the hotel’s Foyer though this isn’t right in front of the entrance or anything. It’s further back and a lot cosier than a normal foyer, with decadent chairs and comfy cushions. The decor is stunning and very art deco inspired, adding to the overall magic of the whole experience. I was just sad that I missed the famous Christmas tree in the lobby as I went in early November! With a selection of 24 loose leaf teas and herbal infusions from all over the world, you are bound to find something you like! I loved the Himalayan First Flush and the Emperor’s Breakfast. (You are allowed to pick up to 3 teas per person).The afternoon tea at Claridge’s provides an excellent variety of finger sandwiches that would suit the diets of most people. Just let them know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. My favourites were the salmon and cucumber!After the sandwiches (you can order another round if you want!), we moved on to the golden, freshly baked plain and raisin scones with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish Clotted cream. The scones were soft and crumbly, just how I like them!To end it all, we got a selection of four sweet pastries. These change week by week and are made fresh each day. The selection usually features a fruit pastry, a chocolate pastry, the Claridge’s take on a British classic, like a Victoria sponge and a special surprise pastry designed by the Head Pastry Chef. If you’re too full, you can always ask the staff to pack your leftovers in a doggy bag – nothing quite like enjoying a Claridge’s pastry the next day, bringing a bit of that quality home 🙂
The Traditional Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s is £60 per person and worth every penny in my opinion. Just make sure you book well in advance (at least 2 months) if you are planning to go, especially if it’s for a special occasion.