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The best places in London to enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea have been named in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016, sponsored by AfternoonTea.co.uk.
- Best Traditional Afternoon Tea - Claridge's
- Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea - Mandarin
Oriental Hyde Park
- Best Themed Afternoon Tea - Sanderson London
- Best Family Friendly Afternoon Tea - Grosvenor House
Over 30 of London's finest hotels and restaurants were
shortlisted for the awards, which recognise the best in afternoon
tea service and creativity.
A team of independent judges looked at all aspects of the
afternoon tea experience, from arrival to departure, with a strong
focus on the food, drink and service.
In addition to the top awards, 25 venues were awarded Highly
Commended and Commended certificates.
The awards were presented by Martha Collison, the youngest ever
contestant on 'Great British Bake Off', in a ceremony at London's
Grosvenor House Hotel on 13th July.
Keith Newton, Managing Director of AfternoonTea.co.uk said "The
standard was extremely high and we are delighted that the hard work
that venues put into their afternoon tea has been recognised by the
The judges also awarded the following 'Highly Commended' and
Claridge's - Best Traditional Afternoon Tea
The judges said: "an exceptional experience"; "staff were bubbly,
enthusiastic and helpful… a relaxed and lively atmosphere, nothing
stuffy and formal here"; "pastries were perfect in flavour,
texture, and presentation".
Claridge's receive their award
from Martha Collison
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park - Best Contemporary Afternoon
The judges said: "Lovely ambiance. Spotless facilities,
beautiful venue"; "staff were attentive and thoughtful throughout,
giving wonderful recommendations and having clearly excellent
knowledge and pride in the presentation of their product.";
"Innovative sandwich presentation…delicate and intricate
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
receive their award from Martha Collison
Best Themed Afternoon Tea - Sanderson, Mad Hatter's Afternoon
The judges said: "This is how to run a themed afternoon tea";
"They surprised and enchanted me!"; "Inventive, fun, tasty"; "Great
fun! Excellent tea for small and big kids alike, theme is very,
very well done!"
Sanderson London receive their
award from Martha Collison
Best Family Friendly Afternoon Tea - Grosvenor
The judges said: "the children's afternoon tea selection was
cleverly designed."; "The service was attentive and well
orchestrated. Our waitress was amazing, everything was served in
perfect timing"; "Considering the generous table size, the friendly
service, the quality of food and the location, Grosvenor House
offers good value for money."
Grosvenor House receive their
award from Martha Collison
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