It’s well known as Brits, we are in love with our afternoon tea. For me it’s the sense of tradition with a bit of pomp thrown in. From the crisp white table cloths , to the big silver tea pots, and quintessential bone china cups and cake stand straining under the weight. There’s no chance of finding the common tea bag here it’s real leaves and a silver tea strainer at the ready.
The Royal HorseGuards Hotel formally the HQ of the secret service in WW1 is just steps away from the Horseguards barracks and prides itself on its Afternoon Tea, as a member of the invitation only UK Tea Guild it’s safe to say they know their tea.
To start I choose my favourite Earl Grey Sapphire tea to accompany my cake stand of goodies, as expected there was the obligatory crustless sandwiches with a couple of quirky swerve balls.
I liked the choux bun filled with egg mayo but I wasn’t keen on the Mini shredded Duck burger it just looked odd on the stand and was extremely messy to eat, not something you want whilst trying to look sophisticated. Moving swiftly onto the cake, I was more than happy with macaroons and an assortment of classic miniatures from the dark chocolate torte to an lemon sponge with a lovely chilled glass of Taittinger Champagne.
So after a good hour ploughing through the contents of the cake stand and two pots of tea , there was still the home made scones to come. Served with Cornwall’s best thick clotted cream and strawberry jam it was time to try another tea from their extensive list of both black, white and herbal teas. I plumped for the warming Spiced Chai as I battled to spread the extra thick cream on my first scone.
Nearly two hours later , I admitted defeat with not an inch of space for one more bite of my delicious scones, Tea Time for me was well and truly over. Royal HorseGuards Hotel 1 totally stuffed Me 0 .
Advanced Booking advised via Afternoontea.RoyalHorseguards@Guoman.co.uk
Please note afternoon was generously provided by the hotel in order to write this review.