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.
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