Afternoon tea at The Ritz is an experience. It really felt as though we had stepped back into the 1920s; the red carpet, the service, the harpist playing throughout, and that’s all before the Champagne or the food even began! Dressed up to the nines, we made a day of it and enjoyed the sunshine in Covent Garden and then Green Park, before finally making our way over to The Ritz.
Once seated, we had the chance to have a look at the vast selection of teas. Harry and I both opted for their ‘Royal Ritz English’ being loyal English Breakfast tea drinkers, but I honestly could have tried them all. On both tea, and Champagne being served, the first tier of little finger sandwiches arrived. Don’t be deceived into thinking that you will only get one portion of these, plate after plate appeared which at least meant we didn’t have to fight over our favourites! Speaking of which, Harry hasn’t stopped raving about the Cucumber Sandwich since we left so do not underestimate this one if you go.
When we had finally eaten till our hearts content on the sandwich front, the Scones, with clotted cream and Strawberry Jam swiftly followed. I have to admit, despite my English blood, I had never tried a scone before yesterday which is all the more embarrassing now I know exactly what I have been missing out on for all these years! I told Harry when they came out yesterday and I think he almost had a heart attack from the sheer audacity of me to choose then, whilst we were sat in the centre of the Palm Court at The Ritz to announce this little bit of information.
Last, but by no means least, our sweet tier came out. Every single thing we had was without doubt some of the best food I have ever eaten. Divine. It isn’t hard to work out why they have a Michelin Star. Cheesecakes, choux buns, and even a little gold leaf on top of the third desert, we were spoilt rotten! I was mentally watching YouTube videos on how to make Choux pastry before we had reached Waterloo Station.
Going to the Ritz has got to be one of the most romantic things I have ever experienced. The music, the service, and the whole theatre of the food, the teas, and the Champagne. No words that I write on here could come close to how wonderful it all really was. I could not recommend going here enough! Harry was given the Ritz Cookbook, signed by Head Chef, John Williams, from my parents as a surprise within the main birthday surprise. Looking through it now, I know we will be heading back for the tasting menu hopefully in the not too distant future…