I have a deep affection for tea. I love a good cup of strong black tea or fresh and grassy green tea. I stick to caffeine free blends in the evening, hibiscus and rose hip mix being one of my old time favorites. It goes without saying then, that while visiting London, I couldn’t resist the temptation of experiencing an afternoon of a proper British tea time. There is something about those decadent finger sandwiches and scrumptious dainty desserts paired with rare exclusive blends of teas that just makes my heart skip a happy beat.
After lots of research, we decided to enjoy that proper sit down afternoon tea time at Hotel Cafe Royal at Oscar Wilde Room.
The iconic Oscar Wilde Bar was established in 1865 and was frequented by the namesake himself. It is embellished in authentic Louis XVI detailing, extravagant gold covered walls, vast mirrors and renaissance painted ceilings.
We were guided to our very cozy pink couch and ordered hot tea to warm us from spending most of the day walking around chilly streets of London. I chose St James Estate Ceylon black tea. I love to take my black tea with cream. This tea being very robust and flavorful is a perfect choice of tea to take with cream if desired.
Savories arrived on a three-tiered plate stand. Just the mere site of all of these tea sandwiches made me oh so giddy. Cucumber with cream cheese, prawn brigade with London honey, smoked salmon toped with a quail’s egg, chicken with golden raisins, caramelized white onion and thyme puff.
My favorite: goat cheese and tomato muffin
Hibiscus fruit tea with crown biscuits and white chocolate was brought out as a pre-dessert building anticipation for sweets.
We relaxed and soaked in the extravagant ambience. Live piano music sounded through out. Gisela sat on my lap and fancied food bites from the table. Her favorites were cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.
Finally, after much anticipation and excitement, sweets were served. Freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
A three-tiered tower of delicacies, all inspired by historical British tradition.
More goodies – scrumptious cakes to choose from!
In all, the classic British afternoon tea time was a success! I could do this every afternoon.