Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, London


I have a long love affair with afternoon teas; I just can’t get enough of them.  They can be quite sumptuous and so satisfying. Every time I go out for an afternoon tea, it’s a real gastronomic adventure. Every single afternoon tea has been an entirely different experience.

My last afternoon tea adventure was at the world famous The Ritz in London. I passed many times in front, side streets and my eyes sparkle at the site every single time. What a good looking imposing building with so much history and so many famous guests since 1906. The Ritz is quintessential London experience and point of reference for all high-end hotels in the world.

Back in February, perhaps the second best month to book this particular tea- when everyone is still dieting, I was lucky enough to get a table for the evening session at 7.30pm, not quite afternoon but good enough for me!  I heard that can take up months to get a table.

I booked online on their site, but unknown to me it linked to the Bookatable site that took me to an offer.  Traditional Afternoon tea with a glass of champagne 20% discount. Brilliant deal!  Booked!

One must observe the strict dress code thorough out the hotel restaurants and bars at The Ritz hotel.  Dress up is a must!

The Ritz Traditional Afternoon Tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

The afternoon tea takes place in iconic The Palm Court with beautiful chinaware and silver tea services perfectly complement the opulent room.
A considerable choice of 18 different types of loose-leaf tea is on offer, including a Ritz Royal English tea, an elegant blend of Kenyan, malty Assam and the delicate taste of Ceylon Orange Pekoe.  I enjoyed that immensely together with the champagne!  The service is first class in a kind of friendly way, attentive and not too stuffy.

The food, what can I say, it was a very traditional affair with freshly
cut finger sandwiches with six types of filling – The ingredients were
quality.  The waiter kept replenishing the plates regularly.  A
mouth-watering assortment of cakes and afternoon tea pastries topping
the tiered cake stand was followed by warm baked raisin scones with
tasty strawberry preserve and heavenly clotted Devonshire cream.  Again,
the waiter replenish the sweet plates too! I eat a lot!  After that the
waiter came with a trolley full of cakes- yes, more cakes!  I didn’t
need breakfast the next day.

The refined ambience of tea at The
Ritz is complete with musical accompaniment either piano or singer,  when I went
It was the turn of Soprano Miranda Heldt signing classical favourites. Truly
traditional, and elegant experience!

If you don’t find anyone to go
with you, it’s totally acceptable to go on your own. Single occupancy tables are not frowned upon. In fact that evening I counted five single occupancy tables.

The Ritz Traditional Afternoon Tea, the menu:

proper ham country, grain mustard, white bread
Chicken and parsley Mayo
Cream cheese and cucumber dill, caraway bread
Smoked Salmon, lemon butter
Cheese on tomato bread and chutney
Egg and cress on granary

Tea – I had The Ritz blend
Brut champagne

Orange cake with crunchy rice pudding
White Chocolate coconut  mousse filled with passion fruit filling in base nuts and biscuit
Choux pastry with chocolate crumble
Filled with cream and tonka bean Lemon macarons

Warm scones, jam and clotted cream

Cakes trolley:
chocolate coffee hazelnut cake
Rhubarb and ginger tart





Afternoon Tea at The Ritz: Cost: from £50/head
150 Piccadilly, London W1J 9BR
Telephone: +442073002345
Sittings for Afternoon Tea take place at 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30

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  1. Rhian Westbury
    April 12, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I absolutely love afternoon tea and I really want to try this one. My parents went at the end of last year and loved it! x

  2. April 12, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Oh WOW! I have never had afternoon tea – this looks incredible. The Ritz looks absolutely stunning. Kaz x

  3. Lynette Hammond
    April 12, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    Looks fantastic. I'd have to go clothes shopping before I went, not sure I have anything appropriate. A great treat though 🙂

  4. Life-As-Mum
    April 12, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Oh wow! Looks like a fantastic place to visit! I would love an afternoon tea in a place like that. Looks so beautiful

  5. Sarah-Louise Bailey
    April 12, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    The Ritz is somewhere I would absolutely love to visit to have a meal one day it just looks amazing. x

  6. beautyqueenuk
    April 12, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I love the Ritz, it is so quintessentially British x

  7. ana de jesus
    April 12, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    I would love a chance to go and have afternoon tea at the Ritz and the selection was mind blowing. How much was it?

  8. Helen Dickinson
    April 12, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    WOW! You are so lucky to have gone to the Ritz. I have always dreamed about going. It looks amazing.

  9. April 12, 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Wow, the Ritz really is beautiful. The food and pastries look and sound delicious.

  10. April 13, 2016 / 2:10 am

    It's been a year or so since I had afternoon tea at The Ritz, I had a great time there and I'm glad to see you enjoyed yourself too (even if they pretty much never update their menu offerings!).


  11. Stella Olojola
    April 13, 2016 / 7:12 am

    This post is making me free like a glass of wine is needed. Is it too early? Lol. The Ritz is so beautiful.

  12. Daniella
    April 13, 2016 / 7:29 am

    Oh wow this looks incredible! I love afternoon tea and I'd love to visit the ritz as it screams opulence to me.

  13. April 13, 2016 / 9:57 am

    It looks amazing! My mum has been for tea at The Ritz before 🙂

  14. Tanya
    April 13, 2016 / 10:40 am

    This looks absolutely super! I have had Tea at Claridges, but not The Ritz…… yet! I think I need to rectify this!

  15. April 13, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    Afternoon tea is so special isn't it? I've not had a posh tea for ages. Must remedy this.

  16. Jessica McDonnell
    April 13, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I love Afternoon Tea and I'd love to try the one at The Ritz. Definitely booking in when I'm next in London.

  17. Jessica Ayun
    April 14, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Just a perfect afternoon! I would love to taste its chocolate coffee hazelnut cake. You had a glamorous and chill experience.

  18. Catstello
    April 14, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Oh this is something I've always wanted to do, looks great!