If you’re looking for a luxurious London treat then afternoon tea at The Ritz Is definitely one to put to the top of your list. Christmas time at The Ritz is even more special, this year we booked in for the Christmas afternoon tea and spoiler, it did not disappoint.
Location, 150 Piccadilly, St James’s, London at The Ritz Hotel. Afternoon tea is served in the Palm Court. Christmas Afternoon Tea is priced at £85 per head. I realise it’s a lot but you don’t feel like you’re not getting your monies worth. Note they released tables in the music room during Christmas 2020 as it sold out extremely quickly. For more information head over to their website here.
Inclusions, your standard tea stand with a selection of cakes, fruit and plain scones with jam and clotted cream. A selection of traditional sandwiches and a selection of teas. The Christmas additions include, mince pies, a glass of champagne, Christmas cake, and roulade. You’ll be rolled home, trust me. Accompanying your tea is an exquisite pianist and not forgetting the incredible choir singing Christmas Carols. Johns face when they sang the snow man literally made my year.
It’s definitely a luxury treat, but I genuinely feel it was worth it. I didn’t begrudge paying the bill at the end and believe me I’m the first person to moan that something wasn’t worth the bill.
The food is of the high standard you’d expect from The Ritz. Everything is very traditional down to the sandwich fillings, but done extremely well. Cakes are gradually brought out, which is fine but I would have preferred all at once. I like to switch between, weird maybe. Sandwiches followed by cakes, followed by scones and mince pies and when you think you couldn’t possibly fit anything else in out comes the Christmas cake and chestnut roulade.
The Christmas cake is incredible, so light and fluffy but packed full of delicious fruit and covered in marzipan and icing.
You can take things home in a box (all except the roulade, because of the cream) so don’t panic if you can’t fit everything in. There is no skimping, sandwiches, scones and mince pies are all topped up if you wish.
The champagne is a great one. Champagne can be hit and miss but it’s a good one.
I’m hoping to make this a Christmas tradition because honestly, I loved every minute of it. The cakes, the bubbles the singing and the getting dressed up. It made me feel really festive and it was such a lovely experience.