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Art Decadent Afternoon Tea at the Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Art Decadent Afternoon Tea at the Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Art Decadent Afternoon Tea at the Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Art Decadent Afternoon Tea at the Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
29 October 2012

Art Decadent Afternoon Tea at The Savoy, London

You know those unforgettable dates which, hard as you try not to, you model all of your future dates on? Well, my affection for The Savoy dates back to 2003 when I had one of those dates involving cocktails, supper and a rather handsome chap! Fast forward nine years and I’m back at The Savoy though, as much as I adore Lasca, it wasn’t that type of night!

Ever since a friend recommended the slick black bar, I’ve been looking for an appropriate occasion to indulge at the Beaufort Bar. Apparently, you don’t need one.  “Decadent” is the word which best describes my twenties and conjures up memories of the good ole days of champagne, late nights and fun times. The bar is incredibly sexy with lacquered black tables so pristine you can fix your windswept hair in the them, and those gold touches adding a glamorous vibe. Discreetly exuding sensuality and cocktails galore, this place lives up to its reputation. We sat near the entrance to the bar which gives a full view onto the ‘Thames Foyer where the main afternoon tea is served. If you’re someone who enjoys people watching, this is a prime spot. Next time I will sit around the side for a more secluded experience.

First things first, the Art Decadent afternoon tea at the Beaufort Bar, at a whopping £62.50 per person (excluding tip!), is the most expensive afternoon tea I’ve ever had.  This is a place for a celebration, a romantic date or someone who happens to be blogging their way through 5* hotels…

The savoury menu included gravalax with caviar, steak tartare and the French ingredient du jour, fois gras. I recently got ‘told off’ on Twitter for complaining about people saying “macaroons” when they should say “macaron” but I’m siding with the French here. Regardless of how you choose to pronounce it, the goats cheese and beetroot variety is hands down the best savoury macaron I’ve had. I could have done with another actually. The creaminess of the cheese paired with sweetness of beetroot and the crumbly texture of the macaron really work well together. I can feel you turning your noses up at savoury macarons (and so many people don’t like goats cheese) but come on, how do you know unless you try? This food snob loved it so go on, be adventurous!

The sweets included an unusual black and white battenberg cake and the most perfect scones I’ve ever seen. They looked like something out of one of those food magazines which make you want to eat everything in sight, even when you’ve just finished lunch. Served with clotted cream and my personal favourite – lemon curd – this woman may just have gone home with a few extra. Ending the meal with coloured lollipops added a playful twist to a decidedly adult affair.

The service was so good that I went home and emailed The Savoy to thank them. I love nothing more than being surprised by expected good service being nothing short of phenomenal. Anticipating our need for extra scones and tea refills before we even knew we wanted them. I want to go back! My only complaint would be that a little more champagne is needed. A complimentary top-up (as discreetly offered by most hotels) would have been perfect.  As complaints go, Lasca’s “I’m not sure, everything is too perfect” isn’t too shabby.

Beaufort Bar
The Savoy
+44 (0)20 7836 4343

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 October 2012 10:13

    How gorgeous and sophisticated does it look?! Despite the price tag, I want to go! Obviously they make it worth it with the service! Savoury macarons eh? Who the beep told you off?! Forget them! It IS macaron….a macaroon is a different cookie altogether and it absolutely drives me nuts when people mispronounce it! I correct people, as politely as possible, every time because it is not right. Grrrr. I digress sorry. I LOVE goat’s cheese but don’t like beetroot…I’m willing to try though! I used to turn up my unsophisticated nose at steak tartare but after trying it at The Wolsley, I’m happy to give it a try at high end places where it’s done right!
    Clotted cream and perfect scones….YUM! I am perfectly willing to suffer through another experience with you! Book it! (Wow our tea list is so long we’ll be going every weekend!).

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 16:07

      No Sarah, no. I won’t have you saying you don’t like this or this; you will try it and you will like it!

  2. 29 October 2012 12:56

    You killed me with this. The pictures are so incredibly amazing I started drooling all over my desk, although am the furthest thing from being hungry. I love that you described it so well, with both pics and text that I am kind feeling… £62.50 is not that much for an afternoon tea, right? I mean LOOK at those scones. If they taste half as good as they look…. mmmm

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 16:04

      Isn’t this place stunning M? I don’t even have the words to express how wow’ed I was. Everything from the china to the service through to presentation and taste. Well worth it!

  3. 8 November 2012 16:06

    Hi Milla, how have you been? I love the posts that you write on fabulous places for tea … this one is even better than fabulous, those photos are enough to make me ready for lunch and I just finished breakfast not long ago! What a treat to be able to drop in for such a beautiful tea! ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      27 November 2012 15:14

      Oh Sandy, your comments always make me smile. Thank you so much! I just love the luxury of indulging in tradition. I hope you’re all settled in the new house now.


  4. 18 December 2012 01:35

    This looks like an amazing place to visit! and I’m in love with your photographies..! Thanks for your comment, I love your site and just followed you via Bloglovin :) Can’t wait to read your new post :) 日本の方ですか?日本語でも読めたので、、素敵なサイトですね!又遊びにきます☆ xo akiko
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  5. sheburos permalink
    18 December 2012 15:31

    This tea sounds and looks like heaven…unlike Sarah I love all of the items and look forward to including an afternoon tea here when I visit :-). That shot of scone-clottted cream-lemon curd brought a tear to my eye and my taste buds watering…Lovely photography!

  6. 6 March 2013 23:01

    Beautiful and appetising at the same time! Afternoon tea at the Savoy would be a delight to savour! Thanks for taking me there through this gorgeous post and photographs.

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      19 March 2013 14:19

      It’s such a London institution so afternoon tea here is a must. Everything was so nice – I hope my photographs do it some form of justice. Do you have any favourites?

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