Being English and a lover of tea, living in London is a great opportunity to visit Harrods in Knightsbridge for afternoon tea. Where do I begin with how brilliant it was? On arriving at the store and the Georgian Restaurant we were seated quickly as the booking had already been reserved a week prior to the visit. It’s a good idea to book in advance as it can be a very popular day out from Londoners to tourists wanting a piece of cake.
From beginning to end the service was nothing but professional, the waiting staff were friendly, attentive, and looked spotless. Then again I would expect nothing less for Harrods. On being seated at our table that was neatly set out with fine bone china plates and solid silver cutlery with a flower arrangement as a finishing touch. From the menu we picked our teas, The Jasmine tea is out of this world it’s a Chinese blend something I’d not tried before, I opted for this to try something different and it went beyond my expectations. So much so, I purchased some from the food hall to take home. There are around 20 teas to pick from and no doubt they are all commendable.
Being that I have a gluten allergy we were given two separate cake stands with our cakes and sandwiches on, surprisingly for gluten free they were extremely tasty, they cater for a wide range of allergies and are happy to arrange something for you. The selection of sandwiches was exceptional there was something to suit everyone’s tastes; our favourites were the lobster roll and chicken and pesto sandwich. Our tea arrived in sold silver teapots along with a strainer, as all the tea is loose, something you have to get used to if you do not want floating bits in your tea. Personally I enjoyed the scones the best, with the fresh clotted cream and a choice of either strawberry or rose petal jam. Should we have wanted anything replenished were only to ask, also if you didn’t finish what you had the staff would box it up and you could take it home.
As it was November the Christmas tree was already up, it filled the middle of the room with exquisite decorations also sold downstairs in the main shop, this added extra gave a wonderful festive feel. Whilst eating a piano played throughout, there were a couple of birthdays so all in the restaurant sang happy birthday. It was a very enjoyable and relaxing couple of hours and I would say a must for anyone visiting London.