Anniversary afternoon tea

We’ve been together for a decade.

In order to mark the occasion, I booked us a table at The Dorchester for afternoon tea today.   Our anniversary isn’t for another week, however, the tea had to be rescheduled to accommodate a certain event taking place at Wembley Stadium next Sunday.

Afternoon tea at The Dorchester is served in The Promenade which was bustling as the staff showed us to our table.   Hubby and I ordered the Champagne Afternoon Tea which was served with a glass of Laurent Perrier each.

Our waitress, Serena introduced herself and took our tea order – there were so many to choose from, but my heart was set on Earl Grey Supreme.   After we were served our champagne, Serena brought over a selection of sandwiches for us to choose from, rather than placing them on our table.  I opted for cucumber, chicken and smoked salmon sandwiches.  Hubby had the same plus one with roast beef.  The sandwiches were delicate.  The chicken sandwich was our favourite.

Another waiter came by 10 minutes later and offered us more sandwiches.  I had the same three again, as did Hubby.  We took our time finishing our sandwiches whilst enjoying the music emanating from the end of The Promenade.  Serena our waitress explained that there were 4 pianists who take turns to play during afternoon tea service, but the pianist whose music we heard today was apparently the best.

Once we were done with sandwiches, we were offered more, to which we declined and asked for the sweet course to be served.   Whilst waiting for our scones, we were presented with a palette cleanser – orange jelly and cream.

A lovely little touch – the jelly was neither tart nor overly sweet.  We both enjoyed this little delight and could have even have a bit more had they offered!

Serena brought over our mini scones – plain and with sultanas.  We were served generous portions of clotted cream, strawberry jam and an apricot/ginger compote.   We both had 2 of each – again, the scones were extremely delicate, and when we were offered more, I just couldn’t say no.   The clotted cream was the obvious favourite, but we both surprisingly enjoyed the compote more than the jam.

Finally,  we moved on to the French pastries.    Serena explained to us the delights on our plate.  Clockwise from left :  Mandarin pastry (almost like a cheesecake), coffee cake, mango and pistachio, chocolate brownie and in the centre is yoghurt and cassis pastry.  My favourite was the mango whilst Hubby enjoyed the coffee cake.  We had another cup of Earl Grey tea but by then we were bursting at the seams.

The service was impeccable and the waiting staff were very friendly and courteous.  Both savoury and sweet dishes were delicate, decadent and portions were extremely generous.  Same place, February 2022, Hubby?

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