Afternoon Tea is quite a big business now but of course the history of Afternoon Tea dates back to the 19th century. It is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is said to have complained of 'having that sinking feeling' during the late afternoon. So, basically our equivalent now of a mid afternoon snack! In the 19th century it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner. Thus, the solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. In 2015 the tradition of Afternoon Tea is still very popular, especially in the UK, and you can either enjoy it in a tiny vintage cafe, or a rather fancy affair in a hotel.
My Mum has always wanted to have the ultimate afternoon tea experience, and had set her heart on The Ritz for a very long time. My Mum is huge tea fan. She drinks and loves tea more than anyone I know after my Grandparents! She also adores little cakes and scones and everything that makes up this tradition. Me on the other hand, I don't actually like tea! I know.....! However, I adore the idea of Afternoon Tea so much I have too longed to have the experience. The dainty tea sets, the cupcake stands....everything is so very me! So, after many a month of trying tea I finally worked out my problem in the past has been forcing myself to like traditional english tea which is often had with milk (and possibly sugar). Because of this, I've explored every possible infusion I could try and a million types of Green Tea. I since discovered I really love Green Tea and also Chamomile.
My Mum, Dad and I went for afternoon tea on Halloween last month, but it actually ended up being 'evening' tea as we had our sitting at 7.30pm. Walking into The Ritz is pretty magical. The interior is simply stunning and the room the tea is served in 'Palm Court' is truly majestic. Gorgeous displays of flowers fill the room with their pretty colours and beautiful aroma. A pianist completes the wonderful atmosphere perfectly.
You are then given a tea menu which can actually be viewed online here. I picked 'Jasmine with Flowers' a delicate, lovely Green Tea. The fact it was pink was a huge bonus! Because of my dairy allergy I wasn't sure what I would receive next but to my delight I had pretty much the exact same treats as my parents!
A dainty cake stand arrives filled with a plethora of delicious sandwiches that were so satisfying. The flavours for these sandwiches can be found here. The top layer of the cake stand was filled with macarons, pastries and general sweet cakes. For this part I received an amazing plate of dairy free cakes that were so scrumptious! I desperately want to recreate them. They had a lovely cinnamon, nutmeg taste to them. They then brought out scones, and a dairy free one for me, as well as a little jelly which was so sweet! I felt so spoilt by them as I always feel so embarrassed I cannot eat what others can so easily! I've also never had a scone before and it was wonderful! They constantly topped up your food and we certainly didn't leave hungry. It's certainly more than just a few sandwiches and cakes; you certainly get value for money.
Overall It was such a lovely evening with perfect service, and I'd certainly like to return again. My Ritz experience will always remain very special to me and I recommend it so highly. We went for the 'Traditional Afternoon Tea' option which was £50 per person and it most certainly lived up to expectation.
Have you any you been for Afternoon Tea at The Ritz? Or have you been to Afternoon Tea somewhere else? I'd love to hear where you've been as well and what you think. For more information about Afternoon Tea at The Ritz click here.