The Promenade is at the heart of The Dorchester and afternoon tea here ranks amongst the very best that London has to offer. From the moment you cross the threshold of this stunning space, with its luxurious and elegant decor, magnificent floral arrangements and intimate seating, you can be certain of enjoying an afternoon of sheer indulgence. The ambience is relaxed, the service impeccable, and no detail has been overlooked, from the soft strains of the resident pianist, the beautiful silver-edged bone china and crisp linen tablecloths, to the silverware and fresh flowers on each table.
The Dorchester’s award-winning afternoon tea, which combines tradition with innovation, is quite simply delectable. A changing selection of finger sandwiches on a variety of home-baked breads are the prelude to an amuse bouche – maybe cinnamon panacotta topped by a layer of cherry jelly.
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This is followed by melt-in-the-mouth scones served with both homemade strawberry and a seasonal jam, and, of course, clotted cream. The crowning glory to this mini-feast is a choice of luscious French pastries created by the pastry chef. Add a glass of Champagne to this and you have a truly celebratory tea. Whilst the most popular tea is the Dorchester House Blend, a selection of more than 20 leaf teas are available and, as you would expect from a venue of this calibre, many of these are rare varieties. If you happen to be visiting the opulent spa then you can enjoy an equally delicious variation of the Promenade menu in the calm and more intimate surroundings of the Spatisserie. It is hardly surprising that guests are as reluctant to leave The Dorchester as they are eager to arrive.
Address: Park Lane, London W1K 1QA Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8888 E-mail restaurant@thedorchester. Com Web: www.thedorchester. Com/afternoon-tea.
Afternoon tea served: The Promenade 1.15pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm, 4.45pm and 5.15pm; The Spatisserie 3.30pm, 4.45pm and 6.45pm.
Set teas: The Dorchester Afternoon Tea, Spatisserie Afternoon Tea, Spatisserie Champagne Afternoon Tea Nearest underground station: Hyde Park Corner.
Places of interest nearby: Apsley House, Buckingham Palace, Albert Memorial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Mankind, Knightsbridge, Bond Street.