Sunday, 28 July 2013

Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel, South Kensington

Just a few paces from South Kensington tube station you'll find this boutique hotel. The Drawing Rooms play host to Afternoon Tea, a comfy kind of lounge area with a modern yet classic theme. I'd booked online, using their web based booking system, and called to adjust the time slot, which was not a problem at all. The staff were very helpful.

We were presented with the menu and left for a while to select our teas etc.
My friend went for the Albertopolis Afternoon Tea £27.50 whilst I chose the vegetarian option at £25 (we opted not to have the champagne for an additional £12). 

First to come was the tea, loose of course; presented to us in beautiful tiny glass tea pots, enough for 2 cups. However this was not a problem as the tea is unlimited. I selected Rare Afternoon Blend whilst my friend went for Earl Grey.
The afternoon tea stand was laden with treats. 

Vegetarian Afternoon Tea 

Ricotta saffron honey, tomato & olive, smoked Cheddar and chutney, and cucumber and dill.Homemade scones, jam & clotted cream. And then

Chocolate brownie with peanut honey ganache, lemon meringue tart, victoria sponge cake, fruit cake, English breakfast tea chocolate bonbon.

Albertoplois Afternoon Tea (on the right)
Savoury Gougères: Gloucester old spot ham, sauce gribiche, Seven & Wye smoked salmon, dill & cream cheese, Coronation chicken and Cheese with fruit chutney. 
Homemade scones, jam & clotted cream.
Pastries:Mango and milk chocolate mousse, Passion fruit cream, Feuilletine crunch tart with Albertopolis painted chocolate tuile, Lime buttercream macaroon with a pipette of raspberry sauce, Art Palette ginger bread, Opera cake.

The Drawing Rooms: 

Atmosphere: The Drawing Rooms were quiet, with lots of space for additional guests. However I didn't feel this made it lack atmosphere. We enjoyed the quiet and chattered lots. 

The staff were attentive but not persistent. We were not rushed in the slightest. They didn't come at that awkward moment when you've just put food in your mouth. The booking I'd made was for 3.30, although we arrived 15 minutes early and went straight in. We left at about 4.45, so we had plenty of time to enjoy the food.

The food: I really enjoyed and savoured the food. Not being rushed meant we could really enjoy it. The portions were generous, but not overwhelming. I was perfectly satisfied as opposed to fit to burst.

The detail on the pastries was just beautiful, notice the music notes on the opera cake! I loved the little pipette of raspberry sauce, not something I've seen with macaroons before. Also the 'temple' on the Albertopolis painted chocolate tuile. 

Let's say you learn something new every day - Albertopolis is the area centered on Exhibition Road in LondonEngland, containing a large number of educational and cultural sites.  Of course this makes perfect sense, The Ampersand hotel is nestled in the heart of South Kensingon with the V&A, National History and Science Museum just a stones throw away. As well as the Royal Albert Hall & The Albert Memorial. 

Overall: I loved my first experience of a London Hotel based Afternoon tea, I can only recommend you visit yourself. I love the fact that you can drop in for a piece of cake and a cup of tea, canapes or Afternoon Tea. This means is a relaxed and pleasant experience. 

I think the value for money was very good, the food was excellent and the attention to detail is just meticulous. I'd love to see the 'art' going on in the kitchen. I honestly feel food like this (in particular the pastries) is art, which is probably one of the reasons afternoon tea is so popular. 

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  1. Looks like you had a wonderful time, it all looks rather tasty! There are so many good afternoon teas in London!

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time, it all looks rather tasty! There are so many good afternoon teas in London!

  3. Ooh yes. It was lovely. There definitely is I have so many more to discover..! :-)


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