Although I’ve been in the UK for almost 4 years now, I’ve yet to partake in the quintessentially British activity of having afternoon tea at a posh restaurant. Well, until now, that is. What was supposed to be an outdoor picnic at Regent’s Park to enjoy the sun had to be changed to an afternoon tea session indoors due to the bad weather forecast.
I was always put off by the exorbitant prices of afternoon teas. Harrods’ afternoon tea starts from £39 per person, and if you wanted a glass of champagne with your afternoon tea, that is going to set you back by £49.50. In terms of Singapore dollars, that’s a lot of money to pay for some sandwiches and pastries!
I was understandably thrilled when a friend suggested going to the Ham Yard Hotel for their afternoon tea which cost only £19.50. A quick Google search revealed that reviews of the place were mostly positive.
The group of us headed down to the boutique hotel conveniently located only a couple minutes walk from the Piccadilly Circus Station. It had a nice outdoor seating area.
The decor of the interior was interesting and tastefully quirky.
We were shown to a table in the conservatory area where the sun cast playful shadows through the glass ceiling.
Then it started to rain and the sun disappeared, so I could finally take some photos which were more evenly exposed. It was actually quite nice sitting in the conservatory area while it rained as you could see and watch the rain falling against the glass ceiling.
You have a choice of earl grey, darjeeling or breakfast tea. You can add an extra £2.50 for more exotic teas. There are also some sides that you can pay extra for. They cost about £5 each, with choices such as Kedgeree Scotch Eggs and Chorizo Sausage Rolls. We didn’t get any of the Afternoon Tea Additions as we were expecting the basic afternoon tea itself to be quite filling.
I just love the tea pot and tea cup. The quaint detailing really makes the whole afternoon tea experience feel authentic.
And now some milk for my darjeeling.
Doesn’t this look amazing? 😀
These are for 5 people, by the way.
I started with the savouries first. The sandwiches were quite fresh, though the sliders were not, as you can see they are somewhat limp in the picture. But the taste of both was pretty good. I couldn’t identify what the green skinned thing beside the sandwiches were. It tasted like some crepe with pate inside.
Their scones were DA BOMB. Crusty on the outside and delightfully fragrant and light on the inside. It wasn’t dense and cloying at all and it went really well with the jam and clotted cream. It was hands-down the best item out of the wide selection.
Then I started on the sweets. I’m not so sure what tart this was, though it tasted quite nice. The small morsel at the back was delicious. The velvety soft texture of the smoked salmon contrasted nicely with the crispy filo pastry shell. Simply delightful.
The cupcake was disappointingly dry, though it looked pretty.
The orange-flavoured macaroon was too sweet, though it was still good.
While the desserts weren’t fantastic, they did look really pretty. I would say that the general quality and quantity of food that you get is pretty good considering the price. Coupled with nice tableware and a relaxing ambience, it was no wonder that we stayed for 3 hours, chatting away and forgetting the time. All in all, it was definitely a very good experience and I would definitely go back again if I was in the mood for some afternoon tea.