Of the 3,000 meals served at The Dorchester each day, none receives more attention than the gracious service known as Afternoon Tea. In fact, The Dorchester has been awarded 'The Tea Guild special Award of Excellence 2013' in recognition of its outstanding quality and consistently high standards in Afternoon Tea service and has previously received this award a further four times in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2012. The Dorchester is the only London hotel to achieve this distinction.
Afternoon Tea is served in The Promenade, a lobby on the ground floor, where potted palms and towering fountains of flowering plants surround plush couches with pillows as soft as marshmallows. Marble columns the colour of apricot parfait rise from the floor, crowned by gilded Corinthian capitals.
Afternoon Tea, Champagne Tea and High Tea all begin with savoury finger sandwiches. Crusts are removed from fresh baked white and brown breads, and the delicate slices are filled with smoked salmon, egg, chicken, prawn and cucumber. Warm scones arrive next, made from a recipe unchanged at The Dorchester for over half a century. They are served with glistening strawberry jam and Devonshire clotted cream.
The final course is the pièce de resistance, the platter of cakes and tartlets. Among the irresistible treats are delicate white chocolate and praline pyramids, miniature raspberry macaroons, delicate pineapple financiers on a coconut mousse, a creamy apple and macadamia delice, and a fresh berry crumble tart. Chocolate lovers can indulge in the amazingly rich and scrumptious chocolate marquis, whilst those with a taste for nutmeg and cinnamon can try the tantalising spice cake. Champagne Tea includes a glass of pink Champagne.
Afternoon Tea is served 1pm, 2pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:30pm & 6.45 every day
Booking is essential
Hyde Park Corner
Children of all ages welcome
All major credit cards accepted
Guide dogs only