Not lacking in service and style, afternoon tea at The Ritz is complete with high ceilings, gleaming mirrors, intricate embellishments and skilled classical musicians, creating quite the spectacular ambience. After confirming our reservation with the man on an iPad (even the 108 year old hotel has gone tech), we were seated in the sunlight-tinted Palm Court. The finger sandwiches were classic, nothing extraordinarily fancy. The assortment of British afternoon tea pastries and cakes comprised of mille feuille, macaroon, chocolate cake, and white chocolate mousse coated passion fruit. These were pretty good, as were the sticky toffee cake and lemon drizzled cake that came round on the cake trolley. But the scones! The scones, to our delight, were not the least bit overrated. In fact, they might very well have been the best I have ever tasted. Freshly baked raisin and plain scones served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Not too moist, not too dry, not too flaky, not too sweet. Light, compact and with an almost pillow-like texture, even Goldilocks should find it hard to disagree.
£100 (2 people)
150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR