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|Address:||160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB|
|Tel:||020 7499 6996|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £19.75||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -3.30pm) 5.30pm-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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Dinner at The Wolseley can be mediocre, lunches are a bit stiff, I have not yet had breakfast there (which I know is the best meal to have at The Wolseley) – But on this occasion, it is Afternoon Tea that brings me to here. Annoyingly it is absolutely packed and the accoustics aren't great as every laugh, shriek or bellow from fellow diners just bounces off the ceiling and dives straight into ones ear.
I despise the fact that AA Gill had to go and write a book about how damn fabulous The Wolseley is, which has now sent it rocketing into the orbits of super stardom, but I think Afternoon Tea should be a down-to-earth affair and priced very reasonably at £19.50, which technically still isnt cheap for a few finger sarnies and a couple of scones – it is a damn sight better value than the ludicrous Afternoon tea prices at hotels these days.
This particular afternoon on a sunny Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend seems to have attracted an eclectic mix of patrons from all walks of life… Tourist, chavs and Londoners alike. Luckily, the nauseatingly gobby table of shrill lady-chavs have already paid their bill and are leaving shortly… and in good time too, as one of my guests is a toddler, who is better off without the ‘colourful’ language of the soon-to-be-departed neighbouring table.
The Tea itself is pretty simple and this is where the price point shows… 2 fat scones, nice and warm and I cannot tell you how fluffy and light they are, really quite remarkable, considering they held their shape so well. The finger sandwiches are classic cucumber, chicken and tarragon, egg mayonnaise and cream cheese and celery… With the crusts cut off, of course! A mini coffee eclair, raspberry tartlette and bright yellow macaroon enrobed in dark chocolate finish off the 3-tiered serving platter. I chose Darjeeling to accompany it all and I must say, it all makes for very good value at £19.50. It's not a flashy, incredible, elaborate Afternoon Tea, but it does the trick and is very good quality and in a great venue too, if not a tad too loud for my liking.
I shall definitely go back for Afternoon Tea again… But I feel I need to go for a nice long breakfast first and really experience the infamous Vienoisserie that this now cult-like famous restaurant is renowned for.