Grosvenor House Hotel is one of London's most respected five-star hotels. Afternoon tea is served in The Park Room & Library which has the feel of a British stately home with views overlooking Park Lane and Hyde Park.
Grosvenor House Hotel offers a traditional afternoon tea for the grown-ups (see my Anna's Tea review) with a silver three-tier cake stand and all you would expect. And the children can choose something different but still very special.
Grover's Tea includes a tropical fruit salad, ice-cream and biscuits, plus miniature pastries. To make them feel mature there's a sparkling Elderflower Lemonade bubbly to drink too. The ice-cream comes in a choice of flavors - chocolate, vanilla or strawberry - and is a generous helping.
But why Grover's tea? The reason is this young person's delightful tea is named after the hotel's eponymous British Bulldog, Grover. And what child wouldn't love their own Grover to take home? This special afternoon tea includes a small soft toy version of Grover for each child to keep.
Afternoon Tea Information
Venue: Park Room, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.
The Park Room is very much in the hotel's tradition of understated elegance. The most popular tables are by the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Hyde Park, but note these are all tables for two.
As the windows are not next to the pavement you do not feel like you are in a 'goldfish bowl'.
You see more traffic than pedestrians but I found most passers-by smiled when they saw our beautiful table and this made us feel special.
The Park Room is bathed in natural light and is a fine setting for afternoon tea all year round.
Days and Times: Monday to Sunday: 2 pm to 6 pm.
Although Afternoon Tea is served from 2 pm it is most popular from 3 pm.
The room has a relaxed ambiance even with the buzz as the room fills up.
Cost: Grover's Tea is £14.00 per person. (2015 rate)
Dress Code: No dress code as such but it is always nice to make an effort.
Reservations: For reservations call or visit www.parkroom.co.uk.
For more afternoon tea reviews see: Best Afternoon Tea in London.
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Grover's Tea Review
I took my nine-year-old daughter to try Grover's Tea and I enjoyed the traditional Anna's Tea.
We were both impressed with the venue and the welcome and we were lucky enough to get a window seat so we could look across to Hyde Park.
When my tea order was taken my daughter chose her ice-cream flavor and we then watched the bees on the flowers outside on Park Lane.
There's a pianist playing in the room which adds wonderful background music to allow everyone to feel comfortable to chat. There were a few birthdays in the room when we visited and the pianist played 'Happy Birthday'. Each time the whole room stopped and clapped which I thought was a lovely touch. It really did feel like a happy atmosphere in the room.
Before our teas, we both enjoyed a complimentary fruit amuse bouche that included diced mango, pineapple, and passion fruit, and was delicious.
While I got started on my finger sandwiches my daughter was thrilled with her ice-cream and the tropical fruit salad. And while I enjoyed pastries my daughter did too.
I did share a couple of smoked salmon sandwiches with my daughter as she couldn't resist them but she did have enough to eat with the Grover's Tea and was actually too full to finish it all.
We both really enjoyed our visit to The Park Room and would recommend it to families as it feels elegant yet relaxed.
Official Website: www.parkroom.co.uk
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