Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Ritz - High Tea

Afternoon tea in London at The Ritz is an institution in itself. 


If you are strolling through Queen's Walk (a fashionable path) passing by The Ritz don't even attempt to go in and have high tea without a reservation. You won't be allowed inside let alone if you are not wearing the proper attire.

Befitting the elegant style of The Ritz, they observe a formal dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie in The Palm Court. Jeans and sport shoes are not permitted.
Thursday comes and I am properly dressed and ready to experience the High Tea at The Ritz.  

Served in the Palm Court...

The band is playing...

San Gomes The Ritz Resident Pianist

You can make a music request
(they told me that they can even play Lady I am not sure that this type of music matches the scene but I felt I should share this with you all as well)

Part of the comfort/service of The Ritz is the tray that the table has for the ladies purses. Very well thought. However, depends on the size of the hang bags how may fit.

An extensive selection of 17 different types of loose leaf teas is offered

Finally made a decision and selected the 
Elderflower Tea:
A creamy musk-scented summer flower, comforting and wonderfully relaxing enhanced with sugar and honey.

Me sipping the tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu

Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries

Ritz Chocolate Cake 
(it tasted like fruit cake, not my 
fav at all)

Freshly Baked Raisin and Apple Scones

Cornish clotted cream and Strawberry Preserves 

The Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

Mature Cheddar Cheese Sandwiches

A better picture of the bread of the Matured cheese sandwich 
(this was my best one the bread I believe it is made with sun-dried tomatoes) 

Ham Sandwiches

Egg Mayonnaise Bridge Roll

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwiches

Also tried the 
Passion Fruit and Orange tea:
A truly wonderful taste, apple, hibiscus, sweet orange peel blended with passion fruit and orange

And also...
The Ritz Royal English tea:
An exquisite 
Kenyan blend of malry Assam, and the fine flavour of Ceylon

Enjoying a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court.

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