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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tea at the Ritz













Here is the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel, Piccadilly London. This is where afternoon tea is served and where myself and 'the girls' went for our Summer outing. It is ridiculously extravagant and expensive but nowhere does afternoon tea like The Ritz.


You begin by choosing which tea you would like from a wide range on offer. We all chose different teas hence the number of tea pots on the table. For those of you who enjoy tea here is the choice we were given: Ritz Royal English, Darjeeling first flush, Assam Leaf, Ceylon orange pekoe, Russian Caravan, Camomile flowers, Lemon Verbena, Earl Grey, Oolong Formosa, Jasmine with flowers, Rose congou, Rooibos red, Chun Mee, Moroccan mint and one or two others.


 On the cake stand you can see the sandwiches on the second layer and the small cakes and pastries above. The sandwiches had no crusts and were elegantly cut.  You could eat as many as you wanted as they were replenished before we had finished eating them all.



















After demolishing the sandwiches we were served with warmed fruit and plain scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream.
More pots of tea arrived. We ordered different varieties to go with the pastries this time. Wouldn't like to be the person responsible for polishing  all these silver teapots.

Just when we thought we had finished more cake was brought to the table. I would have refused but it sticky toffee pudding cake and I thought it would be rude to say no.



Not being able to eat another mouthful we left our table to be cleared, cleaned and reset ready for the next indulgent group.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, I am jealous of visiting Ritz. In my opiniuon it is the most beautiful hotel in London. I believe you feel like Queen, there.

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  2. I confess I'm a tea addict. Not sure I'd spring for the Ritz, but with a bunch of friends . . . who knows? :-)

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  3. What fun, Marie! We have tea shops around here but nothing so elegant as that. I did try the sticky toffee pudding when I was there. It was to die for. Just returned from an outing looking for a tea pot. There aren't the sized teapots that we had in England. I'll keep looking.

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  4. It would not have been at all rude to say no! What an outing.

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  5. WOW---what a fancy place... Bet you and your friends enjoyed having afternoon tea at The Ritz.... I guess it is just something one needs to do on occasion... Beautiful!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. How fun! What an elegant place. I'd love to have tea here.

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  7. That looks like an awesome afternoon tea!

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  8. It would have been a travesty to say no to cake at The Ritz! How fun. I love the dainty blue china and all the shining silver.

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  9. You know maybe I should treat my wife to tea there

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  10. What a beautiful place for an afternoon tea ! I am a fan of cream tea !!

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  11. So great to see the tea room there. When we were visiting London years ago we only stopped in and used the restroom in the lobby. We never had time to make it back for tea but we should have.

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  12. So elegant! You ladies look lovely too. I am a big fan of tea. Have experienced tea at the Empress (Victoria, Canada), The Plaza, NYC and The George Fifth, Paris. I will have to put the Ritz on my bucket list!

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  13. Looks simply grand. Lovely collection of shots!

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