February 14th is Valentine’s Day. But in my family, we usually only associate Valentine’s Day as Kimberly’s birthday. As she is usually in Nottingham burying herself in books(*I hope) during weekdays, we could only celebrate her birthday on weekends.
Kimberly wanted to go for a sisters-only afternoon tea and we short-listed a number of places that served afternoon tea. The Ritz, Claridges, Fortnum and Mason’s, Berkeleys, Harrods and so on. We tried calling two weeks prior to the date and everyday was booked. Apparently, at The Ritz, if you call now(in February), the next available slot would be in May. (-_-)”’
Anyways, I managed to get a Sunday afternoon tea reservation at The Ritz after a last minute cancellation! Yay!
I have been in London for three years and experienced his finer part of British traditions before. So in this light, I was happy to be able to cross this off my to-do list with Kimberly. (E is certainly not into baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.)
The food was good- sandwiches were tasty and the cakes were beautiful. My favourite would be the strawberry macaroons! I had two servings of it! Sinful! Could we be getting similar or better range of food from somewhere else at a lower price? Very likely. But, I suppose what we are paying for is the entire experience- to be able to sit in the spectacular looking Palm Court, sipping tea, enjoying the exquisite tea cakes, listening and having superb service from the staff. There was even a harpist playing to complete the elegant ambience. People seated around me were just busy taking photos themselves, of the place and the food. So yes, we are paying for the experience. 🙂
My takeaway from this experience would be:
- Make your reservation early. If not, keep calling to check if there is any cancelled reservations. You might just get lucky!
- Get to your afternoon tea slot 5-10 minutes earlier so that you can possibly get better seating? I like to be seated at the corner of the room so that I can take photos freely without people staring. Ha!
- Because the afternoon tea comes with unlimited(*not sure about unlimited but the servers kept refilling out plates) servings of the sandwiches and cakes, it would be good to go on a less filled tummy? By the time we finished our tea at 5pm, we were so stuff that we skipped dinner.
That’s all for me now. Looking forward to my next afternoon tea session with Kimmie/E! Have a lovely weekend, y’all!