Afternoon Tea at the Lancaster London Hotel

It's been a good few weeks on the eating out front... let me tell you! 

Last week, myself and Shay popped along to the Lancaster London hotel to try out their new afternoon tea menu. The hotel is by Lancaster Gate tube station, on the central line but more amazingly opposite Hyde Park, so is in a really fab location. The hotel itself is lovely on the inside and has a beautifully classy decor and upon asking the staff the direction of the Lounge Bar where afternoon tea is taken, we were greeted with friendly smiles and a helping hand; which is always nice for us simple folk that can sometimes feel slightly intimidated in such a lovely place.

From the moment we stepped into the Lounge Bar, we were greeted by welcoming staff who let us choose wherever we wanted to sit, amongst the many tables, we picked one with an especially comfy looking sofa to sit at. By the time we'd taken off our coats and got comfy, we were both handed a glass of champagne - something I could certainly get used to. And then after a short while of perusing the tea menu, we decided to go for the Chai, which actually complemented the champagne beautifully. The Chai was aromatic and spicy and when adding a lump of sugar, became the best way to warm up from being out in the cold.

The staff gave us a timer and brewing card to let us know after how long each tea is brewed - a nice touch I think.

Then came the sandwiches. Oh the sandwiches - my favourite part of any afternoon tea. We were informed by our lovely waiter that the hotel was celebrating apple week, so included on our plate of savoury treats was a small apple and walnut tart - a gorgeously crunchy and fresh way to start the tea. He also informed us that the salmon in the smoked salmon sandwiches is actually smoked on site!! Something both Shay and I were shocked and in awe over, the Lancaster obviously cares a lot about the quality of food they present to their customers. We then indulged in our egg & cress and cucumber sandwiches which were both delightful - we actually had to attempt to slow down because we were literally wolfing them. Then the last of the savouries, a mini Yorkshire pudding with a small rolled slice of roast beef and a slick of horseradish - just divine.

After another cheeky round of sandwiches - what? We were hungry - our waiter brought out the scones. Again to coincide with 'apple week' we were served an orange and apple marmalade alongside our strawberry jam and clotted cream, which I found to be a refreshing and innovative change. The scones are baked fresh, literally when you ask your waiter for them, the scones will be at your table ten minutes later, fresh from the oven, how cool is that?! We paired our scones with a pot of Earl Grey, something a bit smoother than the Chai but more interesting than the English Breakfast option.

It was at this point that the chef came out to take a picture with me - promoting his apple and orange marmalade! We had such a giggle with all the staff, they're all completely approachable, down to earth and absolutely made us feel at ease the whole time we were there.

Shortly after a tactical break, we were getting pretty full by this point - we got cracking on the sweets which included a mini tarte au citron, raspberry macaron with passionfruit sauce in the middle, a mini chocolate tart (I think) and a mini tiramisu. Not wanting to leave anything, I tried my best to finish each bite but ended up leaving half my macaron. Just. So. Full.

The afternoon tea at the Lancaster London Hotel starts at £30 per person, and increases if you add champagne to your tea. When I got back into the office the next day one of my colleagues asked whether it was worth £30 or not... and I actually have to say I think it is. It's definitely a more relaxed vibe than what you'll find at say Claridge's or The Dorchester (places that both Shay and I have been for afternoon tea) but the food is spot on and the service is impeccable.

If you're looking for a slightly cheaper but still upmarket afternoon tea in London, I'd recommend the Lancaster London for a relaxed yet exciting experience that won't let you down.

Have you had a traditional afternoon tea? If so, where's your favourite place to have it?

And now I've got an offer for anyone who might be interested; If you book in at the Lancaster London for either Afternoon Tea, Dinner at Nipa Thai or lunch/dinner at the Island Grill you can receive a free glass of fizz by quoting the word 'Luxe' either when booking or upon arrival - pretty neat eh?

I was invited by Luxe PR to try out the afternoon tea at the Lancaster London Hotel but as you can probably guess, all views are absolutely my own.