23 Feb CHRISTMAS AFTERNOON TEA AT THE RITZ
Having the afternoon tea at The Ritz is always a pleasure and a unique experience. It takes part in the Palm Court, a beautiful room with gleaming mirrors, plenty of extravagant details, glamorous chandeliers, tall marble columns and even a striking stone fountain inhabited by large gilded statues. All is very fancy and glamorous, and adding to the visual delights is the music of a live pianist.
But all these expectations are multiplied when you stop by to have the special Afternoon Tea at Christmas season; when some Christmas trees and red and gold decorations fit perfectly the room and around.
I visited The Ritz London with my dad and sister on Christmas Day, when was raining cats and dogs and we were pretty frozen, so needed some hot tea and a little sparkling.
More than 16 different loose-leaf teas were available, from the classic ones to the more exotic. My choice was the Passion Fruit and Orange one; the apple, hibiscus and sweet orange peel were perfectly blended with passion fruit and orange segments letting a truly wonderful taste. My dad and sister, that really didn’t like tea, opt for The Ritz Christmas Spice, the special tea of the season, and like it.
Two glasses of brut champagne and a non-alcoholic cocktail, for my sister, were the best pastime while we were waiting for our orders.
In a short time, a lovely silver tea service and a classic tiered tray with sandwiches and sweets arrived.
We were enjoying the classic finger sandwiches when the waiter comes back again. He was bringing a plate of fresh scones, served with a pot of clotted cream and strawberry jam, were marvellously a light. Also, there were warm mince pies.
The cakes were nice and tasty, but nothing out of this world. However, when a waiter with a tray full of cakes came around asking if we want to fill again our plates, we said yes without thinking it twice.
We were full when, for surprise, the waiters rolled out a trolley of new appetising cakes, a meringue pie and a Christmas cake to die for.
In addition to all, we had a bit of luck because Father Christmas entered the room in the middle of the event to surprise all the kids with presents.