Tea at The Ritz- 12th June ‘12
Speak to any avid tea fiend and they’ll tell you that afternoon tea at The Ritz is the creme de la creme- the beauty, warmth and splendour of the place was evident as soon as I stepped foot within the foyer of the hotel when I visited on Tuesday. For anybody who hasn’t been within the realms of The Ritz before trust me, it hits you hard: the golden walls, the incredibly helpful staff and the quality of the food and drink made the whole experience one I’ll never forget.
I drink tea by the gallon (and eat cakes by the mountain) and so my best friend and I were in our element’s. As soon as we sat down at our table within the Palm Court we were greeted by our server, who guided us through the tea choices (the recommendation? The English Ritz classic) and after two teapot refills I’d be more than happy to vouch that the Ritz tea is the BEST tea, ever. Sorry Tetley, drinking you will never be the same- the importance of soggy tea leaves aplenty is a lesson I’ve well and truly learnt over our two hour Ritz encounter.
The highlight of the show isn’t just the tipple oh no- the cakes, sandwiches and scones were all a delight. Take the Millefeuille for example- a cake I’ve never particularly warmed to, or one which I’d choose if I was hounded by choices galore in a cake shop. Now, courtesy of my new pal The Ritz- it’s now a favourite. DELICIOUS. And the addition slice of cake which came round on a trolley at half time? Delightful. Pistachio’s and strawberry’s have never tasted so good, my friend! Want more? We were offered seconds (and thirds!) of everything on the menu, so my advice: go in with a big appetite!
The icing on the cake however was the music request card- which allows guests to select songs for the top class pianist to play during the dining. After much consideration we both went for ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ by Queen and ‘Paparazzi’ by Gaga (the first one was completed superbly, the second alas- never came) and we loved hearing the musical, classic and Disney tunes played while we were gobbling up the goods!
So, should you go along to The Ritz? If you love tea, cakes, sandwiches, the company of a good friend and a bit of luxury then the answers a big fat YES. Don’t like tea? They serve coffee too! Oh The Ritz, you MARVEL.
We ate most of the original offerings, wahay!