Afternoon Tea is such a treat! I love the ceremony involved in pouring tea from a tea pot and working my way through crustless sandwiches, scones and pastries presented on a tea stand.
These days, most hotels serve afternoon tea but I think The Knightsbridge Hotel is a cut above the rest. It’s located a stone’s throw from Harrods and Harvey Nichols on a quiet side street so you have the convenience of being in the heart of the action with none of the noise and stress that comes from being surrounded by people. When I walked into the door, I felt like I was stepping into a home from home.
The photo directly above shows an honesty bar, which tells you a lot about the people that stay at the hotel. You’ll find a civilised class of people occupying this boutique hotel’s 44 rooms and suites. There is a real feeling of calm in the drawing room and library, where you can take afternoon tea with adults or with children. Yes, that’s right – the hotel has developed a tea menu specifically designed for kids with hot chocolate or milkshake instead of tea, served with cakes and sandwiches that appeal to younger tastebuds.
I have a baby on the way and I don’t doubt that I’ll return to introduce my little one to the delights of afternoon tea, but this time was a ‘date day’ with my other half. We’re making the most of being footloose and fancy free and being able to spend two hours over tea and this was definitely a spread to savour.
We started with a glass of Champagne (for him) and Elderflower Fizz (for me) while our tea orders were taken. There were so many blends to choose from but I opted for fresh mint and he went for Earl Grey. The sandwiches were lovely and dainty – my favourite was the smoked salmon and cream cheese while he liked ham and mustard.
We both dived into the scones, arguing (in a good-natured way) about whether it should be jam followed by cream or cream followed by cream. I believe in cream first, spreading it like butter, while he spreads on the jam and then puts a huge spoonful of cream on top. What do you think is best?
Cake-wise, there was a selection of chocolate crispie cakes, Victoria sponge, fruit tartlets and strawberry cupcakes. These were classics cakes done well. The Victoria Sponge was particularly amazing because it was dense, buttery, rich and had some gorgeous jam sandwiched between the layers. We ate one slice and took the other away for laters. The service is so friendly at The Knightsbridge Hotel that you don’t need to be embarrassed to ask to take the food away. Waiters come to take your order and make sure you have everything you need and then the room and food are yours to do as you please. I’ll raise a glass of elderflower fizz to that – cheers!
To find out more about afternoon tea for adults and kids, visit the Knightsbridge Hotel’s website.