The Dorchester on Park Lane is one of Londons most famous hotels. We were there for a champagne afternoon tea.
Our table was booked for 2 pm and we arrived pretty much on time, we were greeted and asked if we would like to put our coats into the cloakroom, which we did. We were then shown to our table in The Promenade, a beautiful room in the lobby area of the hotel.
Our waiter presented us with menus, introduced himself and his colleague who would be serving us and offered us a glass of champagne, we opted for the standard Laurent Perrier NV champagne. We were then asked which tea we would like, there’s a large selection to choose from and as I’m rather traditional I choose the Dorchester English Breakfast blend.
While we enjoyed our champagne we were offered sandwiches from a selection including cucumber with cream cheese on caraway seed bread, chicken with whole grain mustard mayonnaise on basil bread and smoked salmon on granary bread. The sandwiches were delicious – particularly the chicken – and kept coming but I wanted to save myself for the main event which for me are the scones.
As we’d finished the champagne our waiter brought our tea and poured it for us. Feeling totally spoilt our next course arrived. The scones. Two fruit and two plain warm scones were brought and served to us as well as a selection of jams, we had their homemade strawberry jam and the seasonal raspberry jam, and a large pot of Cornish clotted cream. I was in heaven! The scones disappeared as quickly as they arrived and I have to say they were delicious, more were available if you wanted them. I have to be honest and say that I did indulge in an extra one.
Next up was a selection of French pastries, beautifully presented but in my opinion a little lacking in taste, although that’s not to say that we didn’t finish them, so they couldn’t have been that bad could they? Again we were offered more but politely declined. I noticed some people who didn’t finish theirs had them boxed up to take away, not a bad idea as surprisingly the afternoon tea is very filling. Having had our tea refreshed we were left alone to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of The Promenade.
We really enjoyed our afternoon tea at The Dorchester, a little pricy at £59 but for a treat or a special occasion I think it’s worth it.