Let’s face it, dining out is a distant memory for pretty much all of us. I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I have sat inside a restaurant in the past twelve months. Lately, I have been making a mental note of all the venues that I cannot wait to revisit as soon as normal life returns. I feel like I’m experiencing withdrawal from social life and have found myself reminiscing of all the fabulous places that I have been too pre-Covid and how much I took that for granted.
I visited The Savoy on The Strand a while ago and this is at the top of my list of places to go back to. What better way to celebrate than with its world famous champagne afternoon tea in such a perfect setting. The grand entrance is beautifully presented with cascades of pink orchids erupting in the centre of the foyer which lead through to the atrium where afternoon tea is served.
A glass dome in the ceiling bathes the atrium in brilliant natural light. Directly beneath and housed in a gazebo is a grand piano where a pianist serenades guests whilst they dine on a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and an assortment of cakes and pastries.
When I last visited, the range of teas on offer was so impressive. Rather than opt for my regular English Breakfast, I decided to try the White Peony and Rose Tea; peonies are my favourite flower so how could I resist? I wasn’t disappointed either. The peony rose tea was so fragrant and delicate and I now have to have it in my home.
The sandwich selection consisted of:
Roast beef of sirloin with tarragon cream and cucumber on brown bread
Coronation chicken on olive bread
Scottish smoked salmon with lemon infused creme fraiche and watercress on brown bread
Egg salad with mustard cress on white bread
Mozzarella, beef tomato, basil and balsamic glaze on herb and spinach bread
My favourites were the coronation chicken and the roast beef, so much so that we had these particular sandwiches replenished during the course of our sitting. Of course it simply wouldn’t be afternoon tea without scones accompanied with strawberry preserve, Cornish clotted cream and homemade lemon curd.
After that incredible first and second course, the final act in this extravagant tea sitting was the beautiful array of desserts:
Raspberry tartlet with vanilla scented lemon cream, raspberry bavarois, shortcrust pastry garnished with edible flowers
Apricot delice with Pinot Grigio mousse
Dark chocolate sponge with bitter chocolate mousse
Coffee and hazelnut eclair with coffee Chantilly
With a glass of Moët & Chandon rose champagne, this was afternoon tea at its finest. It was such a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to get all glammed up again and go back. Looking forward to more days of being dressed up and sipping champagne with amazing company.