Afternoon Tea at the Montague Hotel, London: A Review
Served 12nn – 6pm, Monday – Sunday
The Montague Hotel prides itself on being a member of The Tea Council Guild and having received a special Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Council. This award recognises outstanding quality and consistently high standards of tea service for 2011.
A very good friend recently treated me to a beautiful Autumn Afternoon Tea. This is what it looked like:
Several elements of the meal itself intrigued us both. Among these was the special selection of teas on offer accompanied with a timer to measure the infusion of our tea. This was a thoughtful part of the tea-drinking that we were both unaccustomed to. It was enlightening and reminded us about the possibilities of over- brewing and under-brewing.
The meal began with an unusual opening of jasmine rice pudding with autumn fruit compote, which was lovely and delicate. The round-shaped corn-fed chicken with celery and almonds was a welcome addition to the finger sandwiches, but sadly disappointed after it emerged the filling tasted bland. I particularly enjoyed the smoked Scottish salmon sandwich as this was flavoursome. The scones (covered in the photograph) were served on the tiered stand from the beginning and the timing of this was overlooked by the kitchen. By the time we had finished with our sandwiches, the scones were stone-cold and the plate had to be sent back to the kitchen for warm ones. The cakes on offer were beautifully presented, and the black forest cup was outstanding. It was very light and the maraschino cherries were not laden with alcohol.
Overall the Montague Hotel’s Autumn Afternoon Tea covers a substantial and varied selection of tea and treats and made a delightful accompaniment to a sociable afternoon. Its tiny faults were easily redeemed by the knowledgeable and attentive waitress who was cheerful and open to suggestions. This helped make our afternoon meeting a memorable experience.