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Published August 23rd 2012
Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Hilton
High tea is the traditional and very typically English pastime which has seen a revival this year mostly due to some amazing Groupon deals available online.
Myself and three others visited the Waldorf Hilton for spot of afternoon tea with our Groupon voucher in hand.
Upon entering this beautiful building, you are greeted by exceptionally polite doormen and led past a huge grand piano being played very professionally by lady in an elegant long black dress. Sparkling chandeliers hang from the ceiling and low lighting set the chic and classy ambience. We were seated within the Homage Grand Salon Restaurant part of the hotel and immediately poured a glass of Prosecco while we chose our tea from the rather extensive menu.
Our four choices were Mandarin Black Forest Fruits, Moroccan Mint, Orange Blossom Oolong and Sencha Genmai - all of which were lovely (mix and match with your fellow visitors is always an idea so you know your favourite for next time!) And if you're not a much of tea drinker or connoisseur, the staff are more than happy to take time to explain each one and what you are most likely to enjoy.
Then comes your three tier delight! Starting at the bottom, finger sandwiches, smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham and mustard, egg and watercress, tomato and cheese and cheese and cucumber - all on a variety of breads. The next tier up you have freshly baked scones, both with and without raisins, served with Devonshire clotted cream and preserve (strawberry jam to me and you). Nothing to say here except for – yum. The top tier consists of a variety of fresh pastries and mini cakes which were lovely but by this time we were very full so although it was a challenge, it was one we happily accepted.
Apart from the fact the entire visit was delivered to a superb standard, high tea is also an experience, something you should have tried at least once in your life. Personally speaking we enjoyed it so much that we'd happily go back again and pay the full price per person, £29.50.