on July 20, 2013
Afternoon tea at the Royal Trafalgar HotelOnce again this was a discount deal I bought and this one was through Wowcher or one of the many deal sites. I bought this as my daughter lives in London and we like to do something with her and her partner when we go down. I paid £19 for two for a champagne afternoon tea in this hotel near Trafalgar Square. Now the usual price for this is £60 which is stupidly expensive in my view but at £19 per couple I felt it was good value.THE DEAL"Highlights• Enjoy an afternoon tea for two, with:• A glass of bubbly each.• A selection of sandwiches, including smoked salmon and cucumber.• Fruit scones with cream and jam.• A selection of cakes, tarts, tea and coffee.• Great location in Trafalgar Square."THE TRAFALGAR HOTELThis is only a short walk from Trafalgar Square but around the back. If we could afford a night at a hotel in London this would be a perfect choice but at £190 room only for a standard double it is unlikely we will be staying there.The hotel has is a four star hotel but we didn’t get much beyond the lobby area so can't really say what the recent renovations have upgraded. The lobby area is pretty big and this was where they served the afternoon tea. pace enjoying drinks or meals. The bar area was modern and with modern decor and large mirrored walls but also had leather sofas so was very comfortable.OUR EXPERIENCEWe chose to sit in this bar/lobby area instead of the dining room because it looked more inviting as fires were lit and there was a bit more atmosphere as there were several groups of people in that area. The first thing that we were brought was whichever we chose out of champagne or Bucks Fizz which was brought fairly speedily. This was quickly followed by plates of a variety of sandwiches and cakes. Suddenly we found our small table was very full.We did find it a bit strange that there was not two of each variety seeing as I had purchased two Afternoon teas. It meant we had to decide which sandwich we fancied out of the choice rather than have one each of each variety. I hate egg so my daughter ate that one while I enjoyed the ham. The sandwiches were small and neat and there were a couple of croissants and a small roll. I was not that keen on the croissants as I found them a bit rich and sickly with smoked salmon in them. Personally I would have preferred nicely made sandwiches with thin bread and different breads but that is my personal choice. The sandwiches were crustless but quite large. My personal preference is for fingers in a posh afternoon tea. These were more like those you might get with a lunch with crisps and salad beside them.We had a very large scones each served on a piece of slate with icing sugar sprinkle over to make it look better. The small bowls held thick clotted cream and jam. They were obviously thinking of our hearts as the cream was slightly mean but there was plenty of jam.Finally we had the cakes which were not the best but there was nothing actually wrong with them, I just felt for the price we should be getting something special .We had to choose which cakes we wanted as there were only four per couple and each was different so not two of each cake each. This time we solved the problem by cutting them all in half so we could each have a taste of all of them.We we a bit unimpressed by the service as we had already finished our sandwiches and had no tea offered. We had to ask for tea and then they brought Earl grey in two pots. None of us like Earl Grey and we were not asked which for the standard of hotel and original price of the Afternoon tea I felt was poor service. Not only did we have to ask for tea but then we were not given any choice and brought Earl Grey which is an acquired taste to say the least.We did enjoy our Afternoon tea but only because we were with my daughter and partner and it was something nice to do. I would have been very disappointed had I paid full price of £60 per couple. In fact that is daylight robbery in my view. The service was slack, the food only okay and the place was nothing special. We have had better and paid less even in London.I would not recommend this as a good Afternoon tea experience. If you want somewhere more special there are many others in London so look around and check reviews before you go.
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