If you’re stuck for something to do on a weekend, an Afternoon Tea in the centre of London is the perfect way to spend your time.
You can get a little lost on your way to the Terrace – where tea is served – but once you get there (first floor, by the way!) it is classy all round.
We went for Champagne Afternoon Tea in the light and elegant Terrace, which has a balcony overlooking the centre.
It was calm when we arrived at 1pm but it soon got busier, yet the place felt intimate and exclusive.
We had a glass of champagne each, along with our choice of their substantial tea selection.
As a fan of tea, I can confirm they’re great – from spiced chai to Darjeeling and jasmine, they’ve got it.
Everything is served on beautifully quaint china crockery, which makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. The food – a range of sandwiches, scones and cakes – is served on a tiered tray and all were delicious.
The staff were smiley and completely attentive, topping up our water and, once we had polished off the first lot, replenishing our plate of sandwiches!
Here’s what they serve at Afternoon Tea…
Free range egg & watercress on white bread; oak-smoked salmon & cream cheese on granary bread; English ham & sweet mustard on brown bloomer bread; Aged Keens farmhouse Cheddar & onion chutney.
So good we had to have more! The attention to detail was amazing – crusts cut off, the balance of flavours just right – but if I had to pick a favourite I’d go for the ham!
Freshly baked fruit scones with strawberry preserve & Devonshire clotted cream
As a Devonshire girl, I’m quite partial to my scones, but also quite picky! These were slightly smaller, and less round/fluffy than I’m used to, but yummy nonetheless.
A selection of cakes and pastries.
The first was blueberry cheesecake which tasted like wonderful sugary air but did fall apart a little when we tried to pick it up!
The second, a sharp raspberry tart – yum.
The third was a deconstructed sponge with champagne, cream and cranberry. You’re meant to inject it with the pipette but I wasn’t too successful!
Overall, we had a great time at the Amba Hotel. It was a perfect destination for a Sunday meet up, the service and food were impeccable and it wasn’t too busy!
Their Afternoon Tea is £39.95 with champagne and £29.95 without. To find out more, and check out the tea menu, go to their website here.