Afternoon tea at Harrods, particularly the champagne afternoon tea, is not for the faint-hearted: expect an extra THREE courses on top of the usual finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.
Opt for Harrod’s Rose Brut NV to start the afternoon, a rich and fresh Champagne with a delicate pink hue. Overall, the food was quite safe; nothing wildly impressive, but definitely generous – the North Atlantic prawns in our king prawn cocktail were some of the biggest we’ve ever seen. The finger sandwiches were made with pretty much the same bread throughout (a bit disappointing), but the afternoon was saved by huge, fluffy scones served with zesty homemade lemon curd.
A cocktail glass full of strawberries in a Pimm’s syrup was light and refreshing, and a cute ‘Harrods trifle’ came in its own little bespoke jar. A base layer of vanilla sponge soaked in strawberry sauce, followed by a sweet pistachio cream and raspberry and cherry jelly, topped off with a deliciously spiced ginger crumble. Service was faultless, and top-ups regular. We were left in peace, and never made to feel rushed.
The Georgian restaurant, where afternoon tea takes place, is a very traditional room with opulent touches – deep red velvet armchairs, elaborate columns and a beautiful art deco skylight in the centre of the ceiling. So if you’re after generous portions of tea, cake and scones to enjoy at a leisurely pace in a traditional and elaborate room, afternoon tea at Harrods is the one for you.
Star of the show: Strawberries with pimms syrup and the Harrods trifle
Scone rating out of 10: 7.5/10
Perfect for: A traditional afternoon tea after a day of shopping. Champagne afternoon tea £52; Regular afternoon tea £42; Luxury afternoon tea £55