We had the traditional afternoon tea (my dad received a complimentary glass of Champagne) which consisted of:
and looked like this:
Before these goodies were brought to us, however, we got to choose a taste of Twinings tea – I chose white tea, my dad chose Earl Grey. Once that was done we each got our own pot of tea. These teapots assured us of at least 5 minutes of entertainment as we first had no idea how they worked. They had a small platform hanging in the tea water that you could pull up and then fix to the top of the pot with a handle. This way you could put your tea bag on top of the platform, squeeze it between the platform and the top of the teapot and fix it their so that it doesn’t hang in the water anymore.
At least, that’s how we did it. Please feel free to tell me if we used this teapot entirely wrong.
We felt a bit sorry that it took some time for the food part of our afternoon tea to arrive, but once it got there, we were totally caught up in trying everything out.
After about an hour I was as full as I’d ever been. Remember that we’d had burgers only an hour earlier.
I have to admit that we didn’t finish everything. One sandwich, one pastry and half a scone (nooooo, not half a scone!!!) were left behind. I so still wanted to eat them, but I was thinking about that scene from “The Meaning of Life” and decided it was better not to.
At the table behind us there was this small Asian girl having afternoon tea by herself… and she finished all of it!
It was a fun experience, but next time I’m in London I’d like to have afternoon tea somewhere else, just to compare. Or maybe I’d go for a more low key afternoon tea; just order tea with some scones and pastries somewhere.
I must say I’d never thought I’d like clotted cream, but I loved it! And I normally never eat jam, but that jam… It was like pure fresh strawberries with a nice dose of sugar.
I think I’m going to make myself a cup of tea now.
Prices: ‘regular’ afternoon tea at Kingsway Hall is £16,95/person. The Champagne version is £25,5/person
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 am – 7 pm
Address: 66 Great Queen Street – Covent Garden – London – WC2B 5BX
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