I have eaten my fair share of Afternoon Tea’s over the last few years; some of them incredible and others totally forgettable. It baffles me how some establishments feel that they can serve below average food and charge extortionate amounts for what is essentially just a few slices of bread with minimal filling and unappetising cakes.
Not all of them are tarred with that brush though and one that I attended recently has shot to the top of my list. It was Mothering Sunday and me and my mum, who had come down to London to visit from Nottingham, joined me and a number of other bloggers and their mums for a luxurious afternoon tea at The Millennium Hotel in Mayfair.
After wrestling with what felt like the whole world on the walk from Oxford Street tube, we turned left and ventured our way down into Mayfair. The streets became wider, less busy, the cars more expensive and the atmosphere far more relaxed. To my knowledge, my mum hadn’t visited Mayfair before so I strolled her along a few of the impressive streets and across Grosvenor Square. We eventually ended up at the hotel for a prosecco reception and a tour of the hotel, which I really enjoyed, if only to catch a glimpse of the grand function room and amazing views of Grosvenor square from the bedrooms.
By the time we sat down to eat, we were starving and anticipation was high. My mum is one of the friendliest and most talkative people I know and she wasted no time getting to know our dining companions. After choosing our teas, we were served a range of crustless finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, jam and a rather unconventional lemon curd, plus a range of cakes and pastries, including a fruit tart, a mini crème brulee and macarons, which all arrived on beautiful Wedgwood Wild Strawberry crockery. A lack of savoury food is a real bugbear of mine when it comes to afternoon tea and one of the best things was the fact that as soon as we had run out of sandwiches, a fresh plate was brought to the table. It took us a few plates to fill up before moving onto the sweet stuff but we made sure we left enough room!
After a couple of hours we were well and truly stuffed. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and my mum loved it even more – the company, the food, the hotel, the location. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
Full Afternoon Tea – £24.95 per person, based on a minimum of two people
Celebration Tea – £34.50 per person, based on a minimum of two people