I spent the last three months contacting The Dorchester in hope of getting a reservation but since I usually go to London at the weekend, they were always fully booked. Needless to say, my patience was wearing thin but the wait was worth it. I should probably keep this until the end of the post but… Afternoon tea at The Dorchester was hands down the best I’ve ever had. As I sit here reminiscing about that lovely afternoon, I genuinely cannot think of anything better. Major statement and yes, you can quote me.
Despite spending most of my life in London and frequenting restaurants in the same area, I’d only ever been to The Bar at this London landmark. What kept me away? Who knows but learn from my mistake and get booking now! Never did I think that making a sandwich was an art form but those soft, creamy, spongy, just made ones were all we could talk about. From the fennel bread to the tuna sandwich of a lifetime, we ate with enthusiasm and marvelled at such a simple thing – a tuna sandwich – tasting so freakin’ good. How do they do it? Sandwiches were served to us over time and not just dumped on a plate. It was clear that these had been just made. Seriously getting hungry here… The warm, seemingly fresh-from-the-oven scones served with lashings of clotted cream and good ole strawberry jam are pretty much the only thing I ever want to eat again.
The stunning floral arrangements, the champagne glasses and the pale green & white china (“Illusion” from Haviland, just in case you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas) all laid out in such an elegant manner, further cementing my view that I would rather spend my time and money in such a beautiful establishment once a week than go to some crappy bar every night. That may sound a little particular but well, that’s how I feel. Spending an afternoon with two lovely, intelligent and warm ladies – Jackie and Lasca – in such exquisite surroundings is exactly how I like to spend my Fridays in London. You cannot beat good food and good company.
Despite pronouncing the raspberry macaron “macaroon” (clearly I’ve been in France too long), the three of us had a ball. I cannot remember his name but our waiter provided some of the best service this woman has ever experienced. The Dorchester should be proud to have him. Excellent! The only downside, and this is a typical big city thing, is that you have a limited reservation time. Living in Paris where one can spend 4 hours in a café, this is a little frustrating. Even more so because The Promenade is such a plush, comfortable and welcoming place, but like I said, this isn’t unique to The Dorchester. Damn it people, I won’t hear a word said against my new favourite London joint.
The moment I confirm my next London trip, I will make a reservation for tea again. I think my mum would love it here. I really want to explore more of London because I feel I’m losing touch with my home and I want to experience Afternoon Tea all around town, but this is my new local. Other restaurants take note: standards have been set.
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