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Steeped in architectural history, The Bloomsbury Hotel is the perfect place to relax in grand surroundings whilst enjoying a delicious Afternoon Tea.
The Bloomsbury Hotel is a Grade II listed building designed by
the revered architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The impressive exterior
still retains many of the original features, such as the Corinthian
pilasters that flank the doorways and the outward facing
Afternoon Tea is served on the Dalloway Terrace. The atmosphere is a warm and welcoming, with a mixture of natural light and warm lamps giving the lounge an attractive glow. The lounge is situated in the epicentre of the hotel, yet each table is secluded enough to feel intimate. In other hotels you might feel excluded for not being a guest, but not here.
The Bloomsbury Set Afternoon Tea is inspired by original recipes from the 1920's and 1930's updated and reimagined by the chefs at The Bloomsbury Hotel to marry modern ideas with traditional.
Our friendly server presented us with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Champagne each and reeled off a selection of Rare Tea company teas - the usual suspects including (but not limited to) Darjeeling, Earl Grey and English Breakfast. My personal preference is for Earl Grey and so we ordered a pot before sitting back in our comfortable chairs and relaxing. Our tea arrived promptly followed by the stand.
The stand was brought out all at once, and each tier was elegantly arranged, served on stunning grey and white china.
The savouries included three finger sandwiches per person - coronation chicken, egg salad, and the classic cucumber and cream cheese, plus an open sandwich of smoked salmon crème fraîche on Guinness bread. Each sandwich was freshly cut, soft and packed full of flavour.
We moved on to the scones, one each of plain and raisin served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream. They were deliciously buttery, soft and crumbly.
Last but not least, the top tier - the most visually impressive of the three. For each person the stand featured an English macaroon, walnut & coffee slice, lemon drizzle queen cake, hurry up cake with vanilla cream frosting and a pot of Cambridge burnt cream. Each dessert was brightly coloured, and they were arranged attractively on the plate. A highlight was the hurry up cake - deliciously moist with light creamy frosting. The burnt Cambridge Cream was another favourite featuring cream caramel flavours reminiscent of crème brûlée.
The service was exceptional and the staff were unobtrusive yet regularly checked in to make sure we had everything we wanted.
All in all, The Bloomsbury and in particular, The Dalloway Terrace, is the perfect place to revitalise and enjoy Afternoon Tea until you are ready to re-join the hustle and bustle of central London.
The Bloomsbury set Afternoon Tea is £35 per person. Enjoy alongside sparkling wine for £40 per person, or with Champagne for £45 per person.
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