Royal Horseguards Hotel Afternoon Tea

Royal Horseguards Afternoon Tea
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The Royal Horseguards is a five star hotel close to Trafalgar Square. Afternoon Tea is held in the Lounge.

(Since writing this review I have been back to try the children's afternoon tea with my young daughter.)

Venue:
The Royal Horseguards,
2 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EJ

Days and Times:
Afternoon tea is served daily at: 3-6pm.

Cost: From approx. £30 per person.

Dress Code: Smart casual.

Reservations: Online booking or call 020 7451 9333.

Photography: Photography is permitted and staff are willing to help.

Children: Children are welcome.

Music: Harpist on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tea Selection
There wasn't a tea menu as such but the teas were listed in the general Lounge menu. Staff told us that they usually explain the tea selection to guests. There wasn't a wide variety but all the usual were there and the tea was loose leaf and served in lovely silver teapots. Staff made an effort to try and pour everyone's tea but it was busy when we visited and we sometimes served ourselves.

The plain white crockery cups and plates were simple and stylish and the color was added to our table by a stunning fresh flower centerpiece.

Seating
I visited as a party of six so we were seated on two low sofas by the fireplace. Smaller parties had bucket dining chairs at round dining tables.

We had a large coffee table but it soon got crowded with teapots, cups, plates and the cake stands. The seating was OK but we all ached after sitting three to a low sofa for a few hours and we were hardly elegant when we stood up.

The Food
We were told we could have as much as we liked of everything but they do not offer a takeaway option.

We received two cake stands for the six of us and my vegetarian sandwiches were served on a separate plate. The finger sandwiches had the classic fillings and white and brown bread was used.

We did request more sandwiches but as they were made freshly to order we did wait a while which annoyed some of the group I was with.

Staff were always polite and courteous and described the contents of the cake stands well. One of the fancies when we visited was an Eton Mess which had the hotel name printed on the white chocolate! We ordered more of these as we hadn't all tried it and while all had this lovely, individual white chocolate not all had the same recipe inside.

The scones were a hit with all and the fresh clotted cream is always a treat with a delicious strawberry preserve.

Conclusion
I visited with foodie friends who hadn't tried afternoon tea before and who wanted to be spoilt and receive excellent service in a five star hotel for the afternoon. While all were pleased with the venue and the staff's politeness they generally weren't happy about the long wait for extra orders which tainted the afternoon. A service charge is not added automatically to the bill and some of the party decided not to pay this.

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