|Tea at The Landmark|
I recently carried out some research on afternoon tea locations in and around North London, for a family birthday, helped along by kind friends on our Facebook. Thanks to everyone's helpful suggestions, we ended up having a sunny tea time adventure last Saturday at Hanbury Manor ("adventure" because I forgot to tell a significant family member of a change in location- oops).
But anyway, seeing as it feels like time for tea, here's a round-up of the recommendations I received.
I received rave reviews about a number of London Hotels- so here's the shortlist!
The Athenaeum was voted best afternoon tea in London for 2012 by the Tea Guild. The hotel offers an award winning Evergreen Tea costing £28.50 per person or £35 with a glass of Champagne. Or try the Regent's Park Honey Tea which is exceedingly popular, it's £39 per-person and includes a glass of Honey Fizz. Please book 24 hours in advance.
|Tea at Claridges|
Claridges, is also a previous (two time) winner of The Tea Guilds Top London Afternoon Tea (who knew?). From £38 per person (£49 including champagne). There is a Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea on offer 2- 6 June, with English pastries and roast beef sandwiches.
The Landmark Hotel offers afternoon tea in the Winter Garden, with an intriguing Chocolate Afternoon Tea option. There is a Diamond Jubilee Tea, featuring mouthwatering Berry tartlet with orange blossom Guimauve, Lemon meringue tart, Orange chocolate mousse on a pecan nut shortbread, Pistachio and cherry cupcake, Crispy chocolate and mint mousse, Raspberry Champagne jelly, Mini sherry trifle and Earl Grey tea macaroon. Yum.
Within 1 hour of North London!
We headed to Saturday to Hanbury Manor, a luxury Marriott hotel set in acres of beautiful gardens and golf course. We were lucky that (those of us who actually made it) were seated outside- I think this actually made the afternoon as the scenery was stunning and the kids could run around. We did have to sign a disclaimer for eating outside which was a bit jarring! Champagne tea consisted of a selection of finger sandwiches, fresh scones jam cream, and a selection of miniature pastries. £30 a head including champagne. Worth the trip for the views.
The Grove is a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire, combining hotel, spa, golf. A number of people have raved about the afternoon tea- there's not much detail on the website but we've definitely bookmarked it for a visit!
|Afternoon tea at Luton Hoo|
We also love the look of St Michael's Manor, St Albans. The award winning restaurant gives excellent views across the garden and lake. Afternoon teas start from £8.95, with wheat free and gluten free options.
We've also been recommended West Lodge Park in Hadley Wood. Cream teas start at £12.50, with a Diamond Jubilee tea available at £26.
If you fancy something a bit different, we loved the Black Horse in Woburn which served a stunning and very reasonable (£11) a head afternoon tea with huge slabs of cake, and delicious scones and sandwiches. Not refined but reasonable and really hit the spot!
Yum- I'm off to boil the kettle! DO let us know if we have missed any!