Afternoon Tea at London Hilton Park Lane was one of the afternoon teas that I looked forward to the most. If you look up afternoon tea photos from the London Hilton Park lane you will notice how incredibly delicious, colourful and fun it looks. The hotel overlooks the lush green scenery of Hyde Park, is nestled in the heart of Mayfair, and is only a short distance from Buckingham Palace.
Afternoon tea is held in the Podium bar and restaurant, which is located just inside the lobby area of the hotel. The decor of the restaurant is quite elegant. The restaurant has a beautiful high decorative ceiling, the lighting is soft and subtle, and the furnishings include beige leather seats and polished wooden tables. We were seated towards the back of the restaurant, at a window table overlooking Hyde Park.
Our table was dressed in a simple manner: white tea ware and napkins, silver cutlery, and taupe coloured place mats.
The service was totally faultless. Our hostess was very obliging and she attended to our every need. When we were seated, she kindly explained the menu to us, took our drink orders and double checked my dietary requirements. She even asked us if we were happy with the sandwich varieties on offer, or whether we wanted different fillings. That was a first for me, and I though that our hostess went above and beyond what is expected of traditional afternoon tea service. We were made to feel welcome, and this is something that I feel doesn’t happen as frequently as it should in hospitality. My partner and I never had to wait for anything and the service was always so prompt. We didn’t have a problem trying to get the attention of our hostess either.
I’m going to start off by mentioning that my partner and I skipped breakfast that morning. Our high tea reservation was for 1pm, so as you can imagine, we were feeling fairly hungry by that time of the day. We were given an ample amount of food. In fact, our hostess even asked us if we wanted more sandwiches, and then asked us if we wanted more scones. I can assure you that by the end of our sitting we felt as though we were in a food coma!
The Podium bar and restaurant is currently offering The Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, and that’s the one we selected… Wow, where do I start?
For drinks, I ordered the Hilton Royal English Blend, while my partner ordered a Latte. He also remarked that it was the best coffee that he has had so far in the UK.
The open sandwiches were the first to arrive. I am pleased to report that they were both fresh and delicious.
The non-vegetarian toppings included: smoked salmon and horseradish, honey roast ham and mustard, prawn cocktail and lettuce, cucumber and cream cheese, and egg with cress. While my vegetarian toppings included: mozzarella and tomato, and egg with cress.
The scones arrived on the three tier stand, and let me tell you, they were absolutely incredible! We received a selection of chocolate chip, raisin, and plain scones. They were warm, fresh, soft, light and fluffy- the perfect scones. The chocolate chip scones were a real treat, and because they were warm, when you cut it open, the chocolate chips had started to melt. The result was simply heavenly. The accompaniments included clotted cream, strawberry jam and an amazing praline chocolate spread.
Usually, after eating scones I always struggle with the ability to eat anything else. However, with this particular afternoon tea, I knew that I just needed to persevere, pace myself, and at least attempt to eat some of the tantalising looking sweets that were staring at me on the top tier. On offer was a tier of petite cupcakes: blueberry, white chocolate, chocolate mousse and pistachio. The white chocolate cupcake was the star of the show. It was the most delicious cupcake I have ever tasted in my life! The cupcakes were all so decadent and moist, and were an absolute delight.
The top tier consisted of the ultimate chocoholic’s delight!
Even the board with the sweets on it was made from chocolate!
The sweets included a blueberry whoopee pie, a lemon cheesecake, a chocolate macaron, a really cute meringue lolly pop covered in sprinkles, an iced biscuit with a milk chocolate cremeux filling and a chocolate cake with a gorgeous decorative chocolate on top. I honestly couldn’t fault any of it, as it was all too delightful.
Of course, there was no way that we could eat it all. Our hostess offered us this beautiful take home box for our left over goodies.
My overall experience of afternoon tea at London Hilton Park Lane was wonderful and I absolutely recommend it. The ambience was both pleasant and very relaxing. There was soft music playing in the background, and we managed to get in before the lunch rush, so it neither busy nor noisy. The venue, the service and the food was all impeccable and totally faultless. I had such a lovely experience here, and if I ever make another trip to London I will definitely be returning to London Hilton Park Lane for afternoon tea.
London Hilton Park Lane
Afternoon Tea is served Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm.
£36 Confessions of a Chocoholic
£46 with a glass of Pommery Champagne
A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will also be added to the bill.
Bookings are Essential.
Reservations can be made via the London Hilton Park Lane website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/london-hilton-on-park-lane-LONHITW/dining/podium-restaurant-and-bar.html
Or by Telephone: +44 (0)20 7208 4022
Address: 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE