REVIEW: Elegant Savoy experience is our cup of tea

Savoy, afternoon tea
The Savoy Wildflower Afternoon Tea

The Savoy, set back from London’s Strand in Covent Garden, is one of the most celebrated and glamorous hotels in Britain – and world-famous for its afternoon tea.

Savoy, afternoon tea
The Savoy’s Wildflower Afternoon Tea is served in the elegant Thames Foyer

Everything about the Savoy afternoon tea experience exudes elegance, from the stunning floral displays that greet you at reception to the wonderful setting of the Thames Foyer, a light-filled oasis with a glass dome and a winter garden gazebo.

The atmosphere is sophisticated but relaxed, and the tea is accompanied by a delightful pianist. Service is impeccable and unobtrusive, while anticipating your every need.

There is a comprehensive choice of tea with the option to have a glass of Champagne to start, and two tea menus, one Traditional and one High Tea.

Refreshingly, the sandwiches served at afternoon tea at The Savoy are substantial and taste as though they have just been made. Fillings include Wiltshire bone ham with wholegrain mustard and apple chutney, an excellent coriander chicken on olive bread, Scottish smoked salmon with lemon-infused creme fraiche, and ,of course, cucumber, given a contemporary twist with the addition of minted cream cheese on herb and spinach bread.

Sandwiches arrive on a tiered stand with warm scones, clotted cream and jam and the china setting is The Savoy’s own pattern.

Afternoon tea, the Savoy
The beautiful sweet treats that form part of the Wildflower Afternoon Tea at the Savoy

The piece de resistance of afternoon tea at The Savoy, though, has to be the arrival of the Wildflower Afternoon Tea pastries, presented with a flourish on a silver tray. The decoration on all the cakes is simply exquisite. The selection includes a Pure Dark Chocolate financier filled with salted caramel; a Lavender eclair; a delectable Savoy macaroon filled with wild jelly rose scented Chantilly; and a Bittersweet Raspberry shortbread pastry filled with chocolate mousse and fresh raspberries.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the afternoon tea finishes with two gateaux – Victoria Sponge and Three Chocolates, the Thames Foyer Signature Cakes. Don’t worry if you haven’t got room though – the excellent staff will quickly package the cake for you in a smart black Savoy gift bag to take away.

Afternoon tea at the Savoy is a memorable experience, ideal for a special occasion; a slice of British tradition with a contemporary twist.

Book the Savoy afternoon tea.

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