Yesterday I treated my mum to an afternoon tea for her birthday. As neither of us had been here before and as it was a special occasion I choose to take my mum to Cafe Royal as had been told it was a very nice. The afternoon tea had a Van Gough theme to it.
It is priced at £65 each so not cheap therefore I was expecting it to be very good which luckily it was !!!!!
Upon walking in, the lobby was modern looking which I thought was strange as an old hotel . In the middle of the lobby area was a round table with lots of tall glass vases filled with fresh flowers. The table sat under a very long modern light that hung above it.
We was shown the way to the Oscar Wilde room where the afternoon tea is served.
Wow this room was in no way modern but instead very traditional and I think not changed much since it opened in 1865. It was named Oscar Wilde room in honor of their most famous patron to dine there.
The room is heavily gilded in gold with a high ceiling with paintings on. As I walked in my first impression was how dark it was but at the same time how beautiful it was. My mum said that back in the eighteenth century rooms were dark as lit by candles. There was a man playing a piano in the middle of the long room which had lots of low dark wood tables covered in crisp white tablecloth with red low chairs around.
I must mention that when I booked this up online I informed them it was my Mums birthday so halfway through our afternoon tea the pianist started to play Happy Birthday and the waiter brought a plate with two chocolates and candle in to my mum. This was such a nice touch and she keep saying how did they know it was my birthday.....
Very nice afternoon tea with an unusual theme. Looking forward to seeing what the theme is next time as may need to go back there