Afternoon Tea at Hotel Cafe Royal

68 Regent Street , London,

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SquareMeal Review of Afternoon Tea at Hotel Cafe Royal

Enjoy a decadent and quintessentially English tradition in the iconic surroundings of the Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Café Royal.

Following on from the success of the recent Importance of Being Earnest afternoon tea, Hotel Café Royal have launched a new London High Society afternoon tea menu. Executive Chef Andrew Turner and Executive Pastry Chef Andrew Blas, have created a delicious afternoon tea comprising of traditional yet surprising dishes such as wild boar, crackling, pickled apple and mustard bun; Mary Rose prawn cocktail; and Strawberry Rose “Regent”.

Relive a golden era and enjoy this decadent English tradition in the spectacular surroundings of the Oscar Wilde Bar, the very room that Oscar Wilde himself frequented daily and where great minds came together to discuss great ideas. This iconic room has been restored to its original Louis XVI detailing and is also the place to enjoy Champagne, cocktails and a light menu, complemented by live entertainment on select evenings.

Sittings for Afternoon Tea take place Monday to Sunday at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Dress code: We kindly ask that gentleman wear a jacket; tie is optional, trainers are not permitted.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.5

Value: 5.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Rebecca L. gold reviewer 19 October 2015

Champagne afternoon tea costs £55 at the Hotel Cafe Royal so isn't cheap and costs more when you compare it to the Ritz, the Wolseley and so on. However, I can confidently say that as a treat, it's worth it. You do get a lot more for your money than a lot of other afternoon tea offerings, including a savouries course, a palette refresher, biscuits, a sweets course and then the offer of slices of larger cakes on display. The savouries were all excellent - classics with slight twists such as cream cheese and cucumber with beetroot. The sweets were all excellent too. The Oscar Wilde Bar, where the tea is taken is absolutely stunning and the ambience, with a pianist, is sublime. Staff can't do enough either. A must do for afternoon tea lovers.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 23 January 2013

Everyone should visit this brilliantly refurbished room, at least once. Despite it's name it's a bar not a restaurant, merely a bar. The prices are steep (think Claridges or Connaught) ; £25 for a glass of their cheapest champagne (Tattinger). The room though is exquisite, quite the most beautiful bar in London. Unfortunately the room was mostly empty when I visited so it lacked atmosphere, but the service was good and the excellent background music helped. When word gets out it's going to be hard to get a table, so go soon.

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