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It's what afternoons were made for, according to London's glitzy Ritz hotel, and their invitation to tea is one that few will forget in a hurry. The spectacular Palm Court makes an elegant setting offering a marvellously memorable experience for the well-dressed diners, and serves fabulously stylish afternoon teas to match: finely cut sandwiches without a crust in sight, freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, delicate pastries and a choice of the world's best teas available. All of this just has to be enjoyed with a flute (or two) of Champagne!
Ian Gomes is The Ritz Resident Pianist, who after having forming a successful rock band called "The Kings" and working with such musical luminaries as Frank Sinatra became resident pianist at The Ritz in 1995. Ian is the master of the international language of the piano and is renowned for playing frequently requested songs & melodies from every country across the globe. He is famously noted for his popular renditions of "puttin' on The Ritz" and "A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square" and these have become part of the very special occasion that afternoon tea at The Ritz is deservedly famous for!
Afternoon Tea at the legendary Ritz is always wonderful treat to be enjoyed with friends, family or with loved ones on any occasion with family and friends OR for that special romantic occasion! See below the new menu which accompanies both The Traditional Afternoon Tea and The Champagne Afternoon Teas.
For the delectation of the 21st century Anglophile's palate, a new Afternoon Tea menu tantalises diners with a selection of divine English pastries, sandwiches and classic cakes with tableside service.
We are delighted to re-launch our famous Afternoon Tea, with a fresh take on this much-loved British pastime. An institution and a national treasure, Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is a rare and wonderful tradition that has stood the test of time, consistently evolving to meet the desires of an ever more discerning palate.
THE NEW PALM COURT MENU to accompany both Traditional Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon Tea, inspired by our British heritage and the discerning tastes of the 21st century Anglophile's palate, invites diners to join a journey of the senses:
A NEW selection of the finest pastries Great Britain has to offer, lovingly created in-house by a team of skilled pastry chefs who are dedicated solely to the preparation of Afternoon Tea. Diners become immersed in a sweet fantasy:
This is all presented and served from a brimming trolley, perfectly suited to the theatrical surroundings of the lavishly decorated Palm Court and its swathes of butter-yellow and 24-carat gold leaf.
Accompanied by a selection of 17 varieties of the finest and most exquisite of loose leaf teas.
The menu is as above but includes a delicious glass of Champagne.
Perfect for a birthday celebration; the menu is as above and includes a special birthday cake and delivered to your table whilst you dine with us.
Make a reservation.
This special Celebration Afternoon Tea is perfect for a birthday or any celebration and perfect for celebrating so many personal and wonderful occasions such as engagements, pre wedding family or mother and daughter get togethers . It includes a special cake and a glass of Champagne delivered to your table whilst you dine with us.
Make a reservation.
The Ritz offer their guests a very special selection of teas, chosen by the world's foremost tea experts and includes both traditional and new tea blends offering a tea which reflect your own tastes. Try a different tea when you visit - the menu is beautifully described and the waiters will be delighted to assist with your choice.
RITZ TRADITIONAL ENGLISH - An exquisite blend, the rich malty taste of Assam blended with the fine flavour of Ceylon, wonderful colour of Kenyan, making this blend very well-rounded.
DARJEELING FIRST FLUSH - Truly the Champagne of teas, a rare & wonderful experience, this Black tea, from the first tender new shoots grown between February and April on the foothills of the Himalayas, producing wonderful light liquor with a delicate flavour of green muscatel.
ASSAM LEAF (TIPPY ORTHODOX) - A full bodied black tea, high growth in the north of India, a golden tippy leaf yielding a rich aroma, strong, rounded malty flavour and attractive red liquor.
CEYLON ORANGE PEKOE - A high-grown large leaf black tea, rich amber liquor, light full flavour with scented aroma.
RUSSIAN CARAVAN - A blend of China, Formosa & Darjeeling leafs reminiscent of tea carried to Russia from China by camels.
EARL GREY - A large black leaf tea, China based, beautifully balanced with refreshing citrus bergamot, silky & smooth with a delightful aroma.
LAPSANG SOUCHONG IMPERIAL - A China large black leaf tea from the Fujien province, smoked over pine fires, a distinct smoky tea with a silky tarriness, wonderful depth of flavour.
JASMINE WITH FLOWERS (GREEN) - A China based semi-fermented tea from the Fujien province, beautifully flavoured with jasmine flowers, wonderful perfume with delicate taste, a light gentle refreshing tea.
ROSE CONGOU/ POUCHONG - A china black tea from the Guangdong province enriched with rose petals & flavoured with rose aroma, very gentle, light, a delicious tea.
CHUN MEE (GREEN) - An unfermented tea, long fine jade leaves, elegant pale yellow liquor, lightly scented, highly refreshing velvety green taste.
OOLONG (FORMOSA TAIWAN) - A semi- fermented tea, attractive amber hue, slightly nutty taste yet fully developed aroma.
Please note that Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is a special treat and smart clothes are a MUST (jeans and trainers will NOT do - for either gentlemen or ladies) and gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie.
Booking is essential, 6 weeks is advisable and often up to 12 weeks in advance for wekends, slightly less during the week.
Opening Days and Hours:
Tea served every day: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm, 5.30pm, and 7.30pm
Palm Court, The Ritz