Date of Visit: September 2013
My friend treated me to afternoon tea here as a present.
There is very little parking in the area, so it took us some time to find a parking space, although we were on time for out booking, which was 3pm (15:00hrs).
We arrive and enter through the front desk I was 'greeted' by a woman on reception who treated me as if I really ought not to be there. When I told her we were there for afternoon tea she called over to two men who showed us to the room, but we were made to stand at the entrance to the room for a few moments while they decided where we would sit - bearing in mind we had a booking and the room was empty except for a couple who had about 4 children with them. My friend and I were eventually pointed to the table - yes I use the term "point" since we were not shown to our seats!
We were seated in a nice little corner in the rather chintzy room. After a long while our waitress came, she wreaked of cigarettes and weirdly couldn't keep still when explaining the menu to us and then presented with menus. The afternoon tea menu isn't extensive; there are a few choices some came with champagne and other alcohols. Since I was greeted with disdain by the receptionist, I chose the cheapest afternoon tea as I just wanted to get out of there.
The tea was nice, the food itself wasn't great, the scones were dry and the patisserie over sweet and rather unpleasant. During the tea we had a waiter come and top up our tea which was nice, I'm pleased we didn't see the smelly waitress again.
During our tea a fatter older gentleman came up to my friend and I and informed us we'd have to hurry up and be out by 4:30pm as they wanted the table clear for another party. No one else was spoken to, just my friend and I. Suffice it to say, I registered my disgust with the whole experience by finishing the afternoon tea in my own time, circa 5pm.
I won't be going back there- there are nicer, cleaner, more professional establishments in London where people can enjoy afternoon tea.
I do not recommend this place.
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