New? The Savoy has been a London landmark since it opened in the 1880s.
Where? Strand, London WC2R 0EU www.fairmont.com
On the menu: Traditional afternoon and high tea favourites, including a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam.
First Impressions: The Savoy is a seriously impressive venue with beautiful interiors that boast high ceilings and intricate wall carvings. Thanks to its reputation, it’s a great option for when only the best and most traditional British tea will do.
The Look: Art Deco-inspired interiors are dotted with huge displays of flowers throughout. Chandeliers give the building a sense of grandeur, whilst the male staff were wearing tails and top hats for an extra touch of prestige and sense of occasion.
What We Ate: A selection of simple and pleasant sandwiches, although with a kitchen team as impressive as The Savoy’s I was expecting something more exciting than egg salad – that said it is one of the most traditional sandwiches and that is what this tea is all about. The scones were fresh out of the oven with plain and raisin as options; the lemon curd looked more like a lemon cream but had that unmissable zesty flavour. The cakes came in quite a wide selection, catering for various dietary requirements including gluten free. My favourites were the classic Victoria sponge with lashing of fresh cream, the Macaroon Interpretation, lightened vanilla custard, fresh strawberries and an almond macaroon, and Citrus with a Twist; moist polenta cake, lemon marmalade and mascarpone Chantilly.
What We Drank: Endless cups of breakfast tea (although there were more exciting options available) – we gave the Champagne a pass on this occasion.
Go With: Your mum, auntie, gran – a slightly elder relative who will appreciate the class and history of The Savoy.
Final Word: I am truly impressed with The Savoy, a gloriously opulent building with touches of glamour throughout, it is worth coming for the afternoon tea just to enjoy the jaunt back in time.