Our consecutive viewings of the movie “Notting Hill” resulted in a strong desire to visit one of the most beautiful interior sets of the classic film. The Ritz hotel. And what could be a better excuse than an afternoon tea? When our youngest sister surprisingly arrived in London by airplane, we finally made our reservations and could not wait for the day to come.
The hotel was exactly as I pictured it. Classic, luxurious, with abundant fresh flowers from the main hall to the toilets. The happy friendly conversations were mixed with a female singing voice followed by piano melodies. The room was full and the waiters kept moving from the kitchen to the tables and back.
We were given a menu with tea selection and decided on rose flavour. The rest would come as a surprise. The refined teapots soon arrived along with the cute porcelain teacups. The much anticipated double tiered cake stand came second. On the lower level we found various sandwiches, with salmon, chicken, ham, tomato chutney etc. On the more interesting upper level we were offered four different delicate sweet treats. The macaron was unanimously voted as the tastiest sweet of the selection. In order to reach the verdict, we asked a couple of refills, as it is accustomed in afternoon teas. Some tomato chutney sandwiches and orange tartlets later we decided to move on to the next stage. That was the scones.. The warm fluffy sweet breads were served in combination with cream and marmalade. Last came the tray with two cakes to select from. The fruit tart did not stand a chance next to the chocolate cake, as far as I was concerned.
My first ever afternoon tea experience made me realise why tea is that vital in British diet. Because it is the perfect reason to eat sneakily some cakes in the side. So long Ritz.. One day we will meet again..