This has been on The List for ages! High Tea is such a quintessential English thing that I felt that if I was moving to London, it was something I *had* to do. It felt like such a fancy thing, to get all dressed up and visit a fancy hotel and eat delicate little sandwiches and drink tea. I was lucky, Zee treated me for my birthday this year. He said it was very la-di-da, and it felt it. I felt spoilt.
There was a man playing the piano and I wondered about him. Who he was and about his life (he played beautifully, traditional pieces mostly. Occasionally something a little less traditional (like Coldplay's Yellow). It was lovely. The dining room was very comfortable, The ceilings are tall, the lighting soft and pleasant. I love chandeliers, and there were a few of them. I was seated in a silk green sofa. I was generally delighted by the whole scene... especially by the waiters in their fancy suits carrying around large, magnum sized bottles of champagne. We got a glass or two - I do love bubbles. I tried to be ladylike and sip it instead of guzzling it down like I usually do.
There was the hustle of people in suits who were there to take care of us. I'm not even kidding, no less than three people introduced themselves to us and said we are in their care. They kept bringing out delicate little finger sandwiches (the chicken on basil bread was so lovely). The steady rotation was good, because Zee's appetite was not sated by little finger sandwiches. Here's the thing we didn't realise - it's a never ending supply of sandwhiches and cakes. If you go, don't fill up all on sandwhiches. Top tip!
You'll be glad you didn't when the sweets come out. The scones are warm, dense and delicious. With jam and clotted cream - it's exactly what you want on a winters afternoon. The selection of sweets was well worth waiting for too. There was some fragile sugar work and everything was insanely delicious. We ate till we literally couldn't. It was *that* good.
I was delighted at the service (and that they indulged my request for a champagne cork). I don't drink tea, so one of our carers suggested a not super tea-like one for me to try, I didn't like it in the end (I'm really not a fan of tea) but I like that they tried. It really was charming though.
I wasn't sure what I was expecting, really. Usually things go on The List because I imagine that they'll expand my perspective in some way, or be an experience that will enrich my life (or, sometimes they're just things I'd like to be able to brag about) but this? It was very well to do, but it wasn't any of those things. It was delightful, and wonderful and decadent. But not life affirming.
Still, as far as birthday treats go, I loved it. I was very lucky indeed.
#122 - done!