Saturday 9 July 2022

Dalloway terrace afternoon tea

Today I had a nice afternoon tea with my friend Michele. It's something we do in July every year and I liked to go somewhere different each time. 

This afternoon tea is priced at £40 each and I booked it via this is a website I used quite often as has lots of afternoon teas and it also shows the menus which is handy. However for this particular afternoon tea the menu was different to the one on the hotel website which has the new summer menu below for the current menu offered

Dalloway terrace is in the Bloomsbury hotel near Tottenham Court underground station. It has a lovely outdoor all weather terrace decorated with pretty artificial flowers. It has a canopy roof so can be used all year round. To get to the terrace we walked through the Coral room which is a lovely lounge  bar with comfy seating. I think they also can  serve the afternoon tea in here. 

Once seated we looked at the menu and informed the waitress we do not eat fish and my friend does not like coronation chicken. 

I ordered a red berry tea and my friend a cappuccino. We also got a glass of tap water as it was a hot sunny day. Even though we was in the shade under the canopy it was still hot . 

It took about 20 minutes for the tea stand to arrive and the 4 sandwiches each came on our own plates.

I liked the coronation chicken one best followed by the egg mayonnaise mini roll. When the waitress asked if we wanted any more I ordered another one of each of these two. 

My friend unfortunately did not like her sandwiches much so asked if she could just have plain cheese ones. These were brought out along with my extra ones. It's nice to know that they can make them up fresh to order and can cater for different requests. 

Before starting on the scones we ordered another drink each . This time I ordered a cappuccino as had had enough of the fruity tea. 

The scones were generous in size and we got a golden raisin one each and a lemon one each. Unfortunately they were no longer warm but still tasted freshly baked. We got raspberry jam and thick clotted cream to go with them . Both of us like lots of cream on our scones so we had to ask for some more. This was brought out to us with more jam too. 

Both scones tasted lovely and it was a nice change to have one with a slight lemon flavor.

Finally we tucked into the cakes ....we got four different ones each on our own plates. 

I must say I was disappointed with these as the flavors were unusual and tasted and looked nothing special.

We both liked the pink strawberry mouse one and neither of us liked the jelly one . It had weird texture and no flavor to it so we both left it. 

The lemon and basil cake sponge was hard and dry and the cheesecake was nice but had a very strong ginger flavor.  I was surprised that there was not a chocolate cake as must people like chocolate. 

We had a lovely time chatting away and the service was very good. Extra hot drinks were offered along with more food if we wanted it. 

Nearest Station :        Tottenham Court Road  underground  - about 5 minute walk 
Best bits : Pretty terrace and nice scones plus good service    
Worst bits :  The cakes which were disappointing   
Value for money : Yes as we was offered  extra food and hot drinks.    
would I go back? :  Maybe when they change the menu  

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