A pianist plays popular songs adding to the air of tranquility felt in the Park Room at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, which has fabulous interiors with the comfiest green velvet sofas, huge windows which fill the room with lots of lovely light, and with a flora and fauna theme running through from the decor to the carpet! It has a real outside in feel bringing nearby Hyde Park’s lush scenery and peaceful traits inside this gorgeous room.
The perfect setting for Afternoon Tea, which I have had before, but this time its a special edition celebrating the hotel’s 90 year residence on Park Lane, the JW Marriott Grosvenor House Celebration Afternoon Tea.
Kicking off with a chilled flute of Champagne, we went through the extensive tea selection before making our decision – mine being the Royal Zafrani tea, with hints of Saffron, and which has become my regular order when having Afternoon Tea at the hotel. They have a selection of teas exclusive to the hotel and so be sure to try one of them when you are enjoying your Afternoon Tea here.
We devoured an amuse-bouche of a shot topped with a candy floss, which was fun to eat and drink, and then the 3 tiered stand of treats arrived, bringing with it that anticipation and excitement that I always have whenever an Afternoon Tea stand arrives!
Starting with the savoury treats, the delicate finger sandwiches, we enjoyed Cucumber with garden mint butter, Smoked Oakham chicken with tarragon and crème fraîche, Roast Aberdeen Angus beef with creamed horseradish, Honey roast Yorkshire ham with Coleman’s English mustard and North Atlantic cold water prawn with a classic Marie Rose sauce.
The hotel does some amazing Open Sandwiches and we indulged on Foreman’s smoked Scottish salmon with cream cheese and Burford brown Clarence Court egg with mayonnaise and chive.
The Middle tier of the stand housed some Plain and Raisin Buttermilk Scones, which you can have with Devonshire clotted cream accompanied with your choice of British preserves from Strawberry, rose petal, rhubarb and ginger, gooseberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. I went for blackcurrant whilst my Afternoon Tea date Emma went for rhubarb and ginger.
The best tier – the pastries, had a wonderful array of delicate and beautiful treats such as a Milk chocolate and Honeycomb mousse (which was my favourite), Kaffir Lime and ginger éclair, Citrus, raspberry and Basil tart, Lavender cake and a Rhubarb apple and custard delice. I loved the summery and zesty flavours and ingredients and it was all just so lovely! (Sorry my picture doesn’t do it justice at all).
When you finish you can try their selection of home baked cakes that they have on display in the centre of the room, which I have tried before and highly recommend saving some space for!
I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and at the time of visiting the hotel had a beautiful floral frame outside to honour The Chelsea Fringe, which I got a photo with!
The Afternoon Tea at JW Marriott Grosvenor House is always a lovely and luxurious experience and I love the venue, the pianist, the ambience and I think its a fantastic option if you want a quintessential Afternoon Tea experience.
Fun fact – The queen learnt how to ice skate at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House!
The Champagne Afternoon tea with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is £52.50 Champagne Afternoon tea with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé is £54.50 and Afternoon Tea with a glass of Nyetimber Cuvee Chérie is £52.50.
Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, London W1K 7TN