The finer thing in life
The Ritz Hotel has been open since 1906. In the heart of the grand hotel is the plush Palm Court. Gilded artwork, an opulent water fountain and plush floral arrangements, formerly known as the Winter Garden, it is solely designated for afternoon tea. With five sittings per day and four hundred covers, the hotel is always a buzz with a live harpist serenading the diners. To start a glass of the house champagne, followed by a selection of 17 teas, heralding Indian, Chinese and Sri Lankan loose leaf blends. The classic British menu serves traditional finger sandwiches, ham, cheddar, cucumber, chicken, egg and smoked salmon, topped up on request. In various flavoured breads and complimentary condiments of lemon butter, chutneys and horseradish cream. Light scones are fresh baked in house, with jam and clotted cream. My favourite a raspberry bakewell, with sweet cream and a moist pistachio cake base. Also a trolley serves up slices of cakes and loafs. A top tier of sweet treats, vanilla cream puffs with the flakiest of pastry, a rich four chocolate slice made from a recipe created in 1930. My favourite was a sumptuous salted caramel macaroon. For the two hour sitting, you are treated like a VIP, in plush surroundings with a menu of sweet and savoury delights, this is London’s finest five star silver tea service.