The last days of our pleasant autumn before next weeks wind and rain.Drive down to Cookham,visit the Stanley Spencer art gallery,stroll by the Thames and then off to Taplow House for afternoon tea.I had rejected Cliveden because it seemed to a be a bit OTT.Wished I hadn't.
Like other reviwers I had forebodings on entering.It had that stale English lunch smell that I hadn't encountered for many years.I had booked tea but was the only one.
Tea could be taken ''in the bar'' or ''dining room'' .The bar looked so dark and miserable we opted for the dining room overlooking the gardens where we sat in splendid isolation,while the staff passed back and forth clearing up from a couple of family lunches.If this place has had a makeover recently as reported then it's badly in need of another.A good Hoovering in the corners wouldn't go amiss.
Service was gushingly amateur.Opted for the Champagne Tea at £20.+service at 12.5% put on the bill.
All I can say is OK'ish -a few finger sandwiches of cucumber ,smoked salmon,ham and mustard.The scones were fine with clotted cream and plum jam.Pattisserie passable.
The big pot of tea was at least leaf and refreshing.
Dissapointing.If this is the average standard of the great traditional British tea then I won't bother.
I've had much better outside the UK, in Paris , Lisbon and Berlin where the quality of pattisserie and cakes and service is miles better,and you can get real tea as well.
Foodie Britain-not here in Taplow.Bit of a time warp actually.
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