Afternoon Tea – Millennium Hotel, Mayfair

My first mistake was reading the voucher name: “The Mayfair Celebration Afternoon Tea”, and not the location, thereby assuming that the location was The Mayfair Hotel.  #rookie error.  Luckily we were in plenty of time (guess who wasn’t in charge of transport) and The Millennium Hotel was not too far away so all was not lost, and turns out to be just as fancy (at £197 a night in the most basic room, I don’t think I’ll ever be staying there!).

The celebration afternoon tea includes a glass of Moët champagne each, which I’m reliably informed is very nice stuff (and after drinking both of ours, Ms Shanks was certainly very merry!).  Each person receives a pot of tea from a few options, including second flush Assam (again, reliably informed of the high quality of this!) and they were happy to replace my tea with very tasty hot chocolate at no extra cost.  The first tier of food was the sandwiches (chicken & mayonnaise, egg mayonnaise, cucumber & cream cheese, salmon and something), then plain and raisin scones, with a delightful array of desserts on the top tier (Eton mess, chocolate madeira cake, crème brûlée, chocolate éclair and a suspicious fruit tart).  All food was delicious, with wonderful presentation, charming staff, and a special egg timer for the tea, to ensure it was brewed to perfection!  There was only one each of the desserts, so you may have to fight between yourselves to decide who gets what and the portions were a little bit small, but a second plate of scones is provided free of charge if you ask, and I saw others getting extra sandwiches too (didn’t sound like they had to pay for that either).

I bought the voucher a while ago for Jodie’s birthday, but it is still available on amazon local- the celebration afternoon tea for two would normally be £69 (there are cheaper options without the champagne), and the voucher was only £39- check it out here if you’re interested!  Highly recommend this as a great afternoon out.  I think the sandwiches and desserts vary, but if I could find stuff that I liked, anyone can!  They do add a 12.5% service charge to the bill, which you don’t have to pay, but you may well want to, the service is that good!

Obligatory jpg, which is a bit shadow-y (just can’t get the staff these days) :

afternoon tea


Next up: Miss Saigon, after an impromptu decision to queue for the day tickets this morning!


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