While I did not really plan any specific itinerary for my trip to London 2 months ago, I did remember to make a reservation for high tea. A friend recommended The Wolseley, which offered an affordable English tea set menu at a decent ambiance. Located at the glamorous Piccadilly area, I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be too disappointing.

Afternoon tea is served daily between 3.00pm – 6.30pm, and Saturdays 3.30pm – 5.30pm. As the eatery is often fully booked for tea, I would recommend that you make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance.

I was impressed by the grand and elegant English decor, complete with high ceiling, chandeliers and dim yellow lighting. Apparently, The Wolseley is very popular with celebrities – although I don’t think I spotted any when I was there on Easter afternoon. As the eatery has a strict no photography policy, I could only take some photos sneakily to give you a glimpse of the interior.

The high tea set costs £21.50. For those who would like to guzzle some alcohol, the champagne high tea menu is £29.75. Service was impeccable, with the selection of pastries, sandwiches and scones served on a metal 3-tier stand. The photo above shows a high tea set for two, with 4 scones at the top tier.

Adopting a bottom-up approach, I began my high tea experience from the lower tier. The savory sandwiches looked unassuming but were surprisingly delicious. Progressing up to the next tier, which consisted of cakes, tarts and macarons, these pastries were decent, although not quite exceptional. The Wolseley is famous for its homemade jam, that goes with the scones. The jam was delish, but the scones did not fare as well as the warm and huge ones that I had the day before at The Earl Grey Tea Rooms in York.

For tea, I opted for the Wolseley’s Afternoon Blend, which consisted of China Black with honey and chestnut of the Formosa Oolong, together with Darjeeling. Tea was flavourful and refreshing, and most importantly, it helped to balance out my carbo-intensive meal.

As it was Easter Friday, we received a special treat – the Hot Cross Bun.

Verdict:

Overall a lovely English tea experience. Despite the crowd of patrons, the service staff were gentle and courteous, and not once did they try to chase us away although we had finished our food. I also enjoyed sipping my cup of tea in a relaxed and unassuming surrounding. After all – The Ritz, which was just beside the Wolseley, requires you to observe the formal dress code when you are at their premises.

The Wolseley
Telephone: 020 7499 6996
160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB

2个月前的伦敦之旅,我什么都没有安排,却记得预定英式下午茶的时间。友人特别推荐位于Piccadilly地区的The Wolseley。该餐厅的位置正是大名鼎鼎The Ritz的旁边,由于该地区经常有许多社会名流出入,听说偶尔也会一睹到名人的风采。下午茶的价位非理,收费介于21.50至29.75英镑,比起隔壁的The Ritz便宜将近一倍。而且The Ritz要求宾客穿正式服饰,而The Wolseley没有这样的要求。因此,这地方非常受欢迎,绝对需要预先定位。本人没想到里头的装潢相当高贵典雅,充满传统英伦风的精髓。在陌生的城市,能够找到气氛好的地方喝喝茶,吃吃点心,真的非常休闲享受。若您即将到伦敦,别忘了前往The Wolseley体验一下道地的英式下午茶。



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