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Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Hotel

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Published July 25th 2014
Quintessentially English
If you're looking for somewhere special to take traditional afternoon tea, then the Petersham Hotel in Richmond is a great choice. Situated at the top of Richmond Hill, the hotel is perfectly placed for picturesque views across unspoilt meadows and along the River Thames. You may be in busy South-West London, but it will certainly feel like you're a world away from the city during your time here.

The Petersham Hotel
The view from The Petersham Hotel

If you are feeling especially celebratory, then you can begin your afternoon tea experience with a glass of champagne. This is followed by a three-tiered tray of sandwiches, cakes and scones, along with a pot of tea. The freshly cut finger sandwiches are filled with Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese and chives; honeyroast ham and wholegrain mustard; smoked Applewood cheese with apple cider chutney; and traditional cucumber. The soft and crumbly fruit scones come with West Country clotted cream and strawberry jam. For the tea you are offered a choice of traditional English, Earl Grey, Assam, Darjeeling or herbal. You are then left to enjoy the delicious food and drink while chatting and taking in the view. It is definitely advisable to turn up hungry, as there is plenty of food to leisurely work your way through.

Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Hotel
Afternoon Tea at The Petersham Hotel

The afternoon tea experience costs 24.50 per person and a glass of champers is an additional 12.50. It is served from 3.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on Sundays. It is definitely worth booking ahead as there are limited tables available you can do so by calling the hotel restaurant on 020 8939 1084.

The Petersham Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Richmond, and can be easily reached by car, train, bus or the London Underground.
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Why? For a traditional afternoon tea experience
When: 3.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on Sunday
Phone: 020 8939 1084
Where: Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6UZ
Cost: 24.50 per person
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