Everyone knows London is known for their tea, so I obviously had to experience afternoon tea the right way. And by right way I mean High Tea at the Ritz Carlton. Don't ask me what the difference between regular afternoon tea and "high" tea are, but all I know is that my high tea experience was incredible. The Ritz hotel offered a great experience and it made us feel like true Brits.
We came for the tea and ambiance... and we stayed for the endless amount of food. We didn't know it was unlimited food until they kept bringing us more trays when we hadn't even finished the first one. We were totally ok with that and I'll explain why.
After chilling on the couch and getting served water in the bathroom, then getting our coats hung in the cloakroom, we were already feeling fancy. And this is before the waiters in tuxedos came to get us for tea time! Once we sat down, we skimmed through the twenty or so options of tea, but since I'm not a big tea connoisseur I just went with their recommendation of English Breakfast Tea. It was tinted red and had more flavor than I expected, so I loved it! But honestly I wasn't there for the tea... I was excited about all the finger foods. Get ready for the list of what we had:
Course 1: Six sandwiches
Ham Sandwich with Grain Mustard Mayo
Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Chutney
Cucumber Sandwich with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Chives
Chicken Breast Sandwich with Horseradish Cream
Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Butter
Egg Mayo Sandwich with Chopped Shallots and Watercress
.... We all probably had two of each of the little crustless finger sandwiches. I mean when they put another whole tray of them in front of you and they look so perfect, who could resist?
Course 2: Assortment of pastries like chocolate cake, tiramisu, and macaroons
.... This was the dessert before the second round of dessert before the third round of dessert. Sounds completely unnecessary, but once again we were ok with it. I've never had a macaroon before and it was nothing what I expected. It was very moist and I really liked it! I thought it was going to be more airy and not really taste like anything, but it had a ton of flavor and I will for sure get some from Harrods at some point.
Course 3: Freshly Baked Raisin and Plain Scones with cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve
.... This cornish clotted cream is another name for the best whipped butter you'll ever have. That, along with the strawberry jam, melted right on top of the split halves of the warm scones. We all couldn't just have one, and since they were constantly bringing them we had 2, or 3, or maybe 4??
Course 4: Orange pound cake with whipped cream and a raspberry shortbread cake
At this point we were all stuffed beyond belief, and the even thought of eating one more ounce of sugar was making us nauseous. But since it was already all paid for and we were only doing this once, we just haaaad to eat every last bite that they put in front of us. And it was so worth it. I don't even like orange cake, but this one was so moist I just couldn't put it down.
All in all- the five girls I went with and I had the time of our lives feeling like British royalty and enjoying endless amounts of tea and finger foods. If we did it all again, I think we would all eat the same amount even though we had a stomach ache for the next day. Reminiscing on it, we concluded that we definitely ate more in one sitting than any other group ever has for afternoon tea. And we are proud of that.
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This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.