At £36 per head, tea at the Ritz is no less than a rip off. It was bought for me a a present, so went out of duty. But there are only so many finger sandwhiches, cakes and clotted cream scones one can eat before feeling overfaced. Cant say that the surroundings were particularly elite either, an alcove just off the main reception area. Toilets were more impressive, a face cloth each to dry hands. Think twice before parting with this kind of money on a high tea at the Ritz.
NottinghamMazy - what do you mean just an alcove off the main reception - isn't the tea at the Ritz served in the Palm Court - which on their website looks very pretty and formal! I have a 5:30 tea booked here in May. Your comment makes me nervous! My daughter and I are looking forward to our special treat!
I realise I'm being picky, and I'm sure it's been mentioned on the boards before but, please, it's afternoon tes NOT high tea. I know the language has blurred, and the use of the phrase "high tea" has become more common for a "formal tea" but high tea is a cooked (normally) early evening meal at which meat is served. Ok, back to your normally scheduled programme.
(Yes, I know I'm being pedantic, but it's like fingernails on a blackboard - sorry!)
Thanks theartgirl - Great pictures we are so looking forward to this splurge whilst we are in London. We went out and bought new outfits just for the occassion should be fun. Hoping to score some theatre tickets for after our tea too. I think that would be the frosting on the cake so to speak for a really great first day out in London. Don't you?
Given the difference between high tea and afternoon tea, I assume most of the responses here are for afternoon tea? And if one were interested in an actual high tea, perhaps as the meal before a show, what would you recommend....would the recommendations be different?
Fortnum and Mason was my favorite too. Scones and tea for me, and ice cream for my hubby. Makes everyone happy. But it seems that they've redone the Patio restaurant (now calling it the Fountain Restaurant) and now opened a new ice cream parlor on the first floor. Now we can no longer have our goodies together. :( Bummer. Looks like we'll be looking for a new favorite.
My walking tour guide (Mayfair) Sotheby's
you can look at the menu on their web page.
It's moderate by price when compared to the Hotel Teas and they do accept reservations.
I'm going in June.
Scarpenter, please report back.
Not a proper afternoon tea as such at Sotheby's (no sandwiches), but they do offer the makings for a cream tea for a very reasonable price.