Monday, October 12, 2015

Afternoon Tea At The Wolseley

A lot of people asked us if we were going to enjoy afternoon tea while we were in London. We really wanted to, but we weren't sure if we'd have time. When I found this site, I was overwhelmed by the number of afternoon tea options. Then I looked up the best places for afternoon tea (The Ritz, Claridge's, Brown's Hotel, The Dorchester, The Goring, The Savoy) and I was astounded by what the best afternoon teas cost (40~55 GBP per person, or $60~$85 per person). I started to think maybe we'd just skip it.
Then thanks to a tweet from Saveur about where to eat, drink, and stay in London, I found The Wolseley. Here's what Saveur said about it:

"This glamorous Art Deco grand café in the Parisian or Viennese tradition, all black marble, gold accents, and soaring ceilings, was originally an automobile showroom when it opened in 1921. Antique Orientalist décor and mismatched silver-plated teapots are part of the Old World charm. It’s a fantastic choice for breakfast or afternoon tea, but an all-day menu of elegant European dishes is available till midnight."

The Wolseley was walking distance from our hotel and offered afternoon tea until 6:30 pm at a cost of 26 GBP per person. We made reservations for 6 pm on a Sunday after a day of sight-seeing in Greenwich. We ended up a little rushed to get there on time because the boat ride back from Greenwich took some time and then many roads and crosswalks in the area were blocked off for a bicycle race so we had to backtrack a lot and go the long way around a lot. It was kind of frustrating, and tiring.
So we were definitely looking forward to a relaxing afternoon tea. I chose an afternoon blend tea and SP chose jasmine.
I'm a little hooked on afternoon tea with milk now. We brought back an afternoon tea and I've been enjoying it with splashes of while milk.
Above is our 3 tiered tray of treats. Sandwiches, sweets, and scones. We started with the sandwiches.
Five kinds of little sandwiches: Salmon, Egg Salad, Cucumber, Celery & Cream Cheese, and Chicken & Tarragon. I really enjoyed the Chicken & Tarragon and Celery & Cream Cheese ones, SP's favorites were the Salmon and Egg Salad.
Treats! Cheesecake, Mini Strawberry Cream Tart, Chocolate Cake, Pistachio & Vanilla Cake, Raspberry and something, Mini Lemon Eclair. A server asked if we wanted any more sweet treats and we did, but we were reserved and asked for just one more mini strawberry tart. If we hadn't felt full and still had scones to enjoy, I think we would have asked for another chocolate cake and lemon eclair as well.
The scones, served with strawberry jam & clotted cream.
We always are full after afternoon tea, so we didn't have any problem considering this our dinner meal for the day, especially since we enjoyed it from 6~7:30 pm. The tea was good and we each had a refill. The tea sweets and savories were tasty, too, and service good (keeping in mind that to us, it seemed that service there is a little less hands on than here and often, we had to request the check because it seems they are happy to let you linger long after you are finished).
I wanted to try The Wolseley for dinner, too, but we didn't get back for a second visit. I'd definitely return if we are again in London, for afternoon tea or for dinner.

The Wolseley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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