Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House: Another Winner

2013 Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, Grosvenor House Hotel, London

As an Anglophile and mum to a son and a daughter who, in their youth, were talented tennis players, Wimbledon has always held a special attraction to me. The pure Englishness of it all – strawberries and cream, dress code, Royal patronage –  is enough to melt the hearts of even those who could care less about the game. And this year the world, and especially we here in England, celebrated with great enthusiasm, the long-awaited and much-anticipated victory by Britain’s Andy Murray.

I may only live 20 miles from Wimbledon, but I wasn’t privileged enough to attend any matches. (It’s on my Bucket List!) But recently, I was privileged enough to attend an event much more comfortable (in terms of surroundings) and perhaps more satisfying than Wimbledon tennis – and that was the Wimbledon Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, London.

Grosvenor House Wimbledon Afternoon Tea Tropical Fruit Salad appetizer

Tea in England readers know that this wasn’t my first trip to Grosvenor House for tea – last autumn, I enjoyed the Downton Abbey ‘Upstairs, Downstairs Afternoon Tea’ at Grosvenor House. It was pretty impressive, and today’s tea was much of the same.

There are so many places in London that do Afternoon Tea – and do it well – so it must be somewhat of a challenge to fashion unique aspects that will make your tea stand out. One of those unique aspects at Grosvenor House is the Tropical Fruit Salad that they serve as an appetizer. I just love the teensy-weensy cubes of fresh mango, pineapple and melon swimming in tangy, mouth-watering  fruit juice. It’s a real wake-up for the taste buds, and totally refreshing.

 

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea sandwiches at Grosvenor House, London

The first course of an Afternoon Tea – the bottom plate on the tiered-server – is tea sandwiches, and Grosvenor House recently changed their service to include two plates of sandwiches. It may be a heavy start for some people, but others will appreciate the abundance. Variety wise, there is something for everyone:

  • Smoked Chicken and Tarragon (my favourite that day)
  • Cucumber with Mint Butter
  • Clarence Court free-range Eggs with Mayonnaise and Cress
  • Roast Sirloin of Beef with Creamed Horseradish
  • Loch Fyne Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Dill
  • Coldwater Prawns and Marie Rose Sauce
  • Ham with Somerset Cheddar

 

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea scones, Grosvenor House, London

The second course of an Afternoon Tea is usually reserved for scones, and at Grosvenor House they offer both raisin and buttermilk. I can tell you that Grosvenor House know how to make a good scone. They are not the most attractive scones I’ve ever seen on a tea table, but they are warm, light, [slightly] crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside, and full of flavour. So frankly, who cares what they look like. At the end of the day, taste should overrule appearance when it comes to a scone. (Do you agree?)

 

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea sweets, Grosvenor House, London

And finally, at the point where you are so full you cannot think of eating another bite, you reach the third and final course of an Afternoon Tea – the top plate on the tiered-server – which is the sweets. And the rule is, no matter how full you are, you must eat all of at least some of them. They are so beautiful and tempting.

The Wimbledon Afternoon Tea sweets included Chocolate and Orange Roulade; mini Victoria Sponge; Pistachio Macarons (to die for!!); Champagne Jelly with Berries (lovely!!); Vanilla Panacotta with Strawberries and Mint (Mr. Tea in England’s favourite); and a Strawberry Opera Gateau.  Everything was delicately delicious, but the macarons were my favourite. Confession time: I asked for extras!

 

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, Grosvenor House, London

I have left out details about the tea beverage itself, but our pots of Twinings tea were perfectly brewed, and served with panache by our efficient and friendly waiter, Mihail.

One detail I do, however, want to share with you are these charming sleeves that contain the artificial sweetener. Don’t you just love them! Until now, I’ve never seen an elegant camouflage for those ugly little pink packets; it’s a perfect solution and one that you could easily achieve on your own tea table with a bit of DIY.

 

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, Grosvenor House, London

An added bonus to the Grosvenor House Wimbledon Afternoon Tea was the availability of even more cakes and goodies located on a table in the centre of the room.  Talk about indulgence!

 

Park Room, Grosvenor House, London

Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House is a delightful and immensely satisfying treat. The atmosphere is dignified and grand – but the service is relaxed and friendly, and this is one of the things I find most appealing there.

Like the games themselves, this year’s Wimbledon Afternoon Tea has ended. But it’s always teatime at Grosvenor House, and they are now taking reservations for their signature Anna’s Tea – named for the woman who started it all by ‘inventing’ the ritual of afternoon tea: Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford.

Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, is served from 2pm – 6pm daily in the The Park Room & Library overlooking Hyde Park.

When was the last time you went to Afternoon Tea in London? It’s time to treat yourself! Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House is an experience not to be missed.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Karen P. says:

    Beautiful review of a fabulous afternoon tea! My mouth is thoroughly watering at the description of your food items. I LOVE the little sweeter envelopes and your suggestion to include a little craft project at our tea table! Good idea! xx

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hi Karen, as always, I so appreciate your taking the time to comment! I’m glad you like the sweetener envelopes. Hmmm, we’ll have to come up with a special name for them. x

  2. How lovely to have you back and greater still that you reviewed one of our favorite place to enjoy tea in London. Makes me very impatient to return! Stay well and do keep us informed of all that is going on in England. You have been sorely missed!

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Marsha, hello and thanks for your lovely words
      Would love to hear (or read?) about your experiences at Grosvenor House.

  3. Beth Rang says:

    Thank you for your review and pictures! I really like the idea for the sweetener envelopes. There are many pretty scrapbook papers these could be made from!

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hi Beth, thanks for stopping by. Hey, great idea about using scrapbooking papers, as long as had a bit of weight to them. Love it! x

  4. Looks delicious!

    I just love how dainty the sandwiches are, and the victoria sponge would be a treat to try, it has been awhile.

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hi, Kiki (I love your name!) Thanks for your comment. I hope you will have a catch-up with a Victoria Sponge very soon!

  5. The setting is beautiful!
    The food amazing!
    Yes, I would want an extra macaron too.
    How I wish I were close enough to have tea here soon.
    Love that they feature different themes, that always makes tea time extra special.
    So good to see you here my friend!

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hello Marilyn, thanks as always for being such a dedicated follower. <3 I soooo wish you and I lived closer to each other. Wouldn't we just have so much fun? I'd even walk down Park Lane with you in a tutu!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 And you're right, themed tea's do make it special. The possibilities are endless!

  6. Connie in K.C. says:

    Oh, how I’ve missed you, Denise. Although I too would certainly love to attend a game at Wimbledom, my first choice would be the Wimbeldon afternoon tea!

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Connie, hello! Awww, thanks for that. I miss blogging but my goodness, so much going on in my life! Whilst I was watching the games, I thought exactly the same way – seeing everyone sweltering in the sun and heat, I’d rather be on Park Lane drinking tea!!! x

  7. Loved seeing your photos of this special tea. The last time we had tea at the Grosvenor House was 2008. It is time for a family trip to London for tea

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hi Linda! Lovely to see you here, and would be lovely to have a catch-up the next time you are in London. You should be an honourary citizen of England anyway, by now! 😉

  8. Welcome back! Wow, this all looks delightful and delicious. Much more fun than tennis, to my way of thinking.

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hello there, Joy, and thank you! I think I agree: much more fun than tennis – but putting calories on instead of burning them off!

  9. Denise, I would have enjoyed that tea very much! I always appreciate lots of sandwiches as I usually don’t eat the pastries – sandwiches and scones, that’s all I need with my tea! Love the sweetener disguise – though I’ll never get a chance to do it as I won’t even buy artificial sweetener. As much as I like to accommodate my guests’ preferences, I’m one of those natural-whole-foods-organic types! And, from what I’ve observed, those who really feel they must have it carry the little packets with them wherever they go.

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Hi Jean, when I read your comment about the sandwiches I remembered you telling me that once, so indeed you would have liked this tea! Like you, I’ve seen plenty of people carry their own sweetener, as well. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. x

  10. Oh that would have been just my cup of tea. I love tea and Wimbledon! Every year I host a Wimbledon breakfast.
    One year I even used grass as placemats!

  11. Great pictures! Thanks for review that afternoon tea, Tea + Sandwiches = Perfect Mix

  12. My sis-in-law and I will experience our first Afternoon Tea (Grosvenor) in less than 2 weeks on our first trip to London. Early birthday trip for me! We are so excited since London is the last stop of this trip before heading back across the pond to go home!

    • Hi Karen, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy tea at Grosvenor House. I hope you fall in love with London the way I have. 🙂

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