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Savoy Hotel.: Closed for Refurbishment.
I am updating this again as I cannot seem to delete it. Current as of February 2011 apparently the Savoy is back, all beautifully refurbished and ready for your custom.
This is another closure notification and is accurate as of September 2009. The entire Savoy Hotel is closed (sonce 2007) for a £100 million refurbishment, therefore all tips about the restaurants there are no longer valid. I have posted this to save people potentially making a wasted trip.
It is due to re-open in 2010.
The Savoy: The height of daintiness
The very english tradition of afternoon tea is usually credited to a lady called 'Anna' who was the Duchess of Bedford. She apparantly got a bit peckish between Lunch and dinner, and so hit on the idea of a few sandwiches, a bit of tiffin and a cup of char to bridge the gap.
If she had turned up at the Savoy she would have needed either of the other two meals.
The afternoon tea is served in the Thames Foyer, a fine room with walls painted with rural scenes and a view of the river. The 'meal' comes on a three-decker cakestand with sandwiches at the bottom (no crust - naturally). The middle tier with French pastries and the top layer some great scones with their own little cover. There were also some other cakes and cheese pastry things on the side - all made on the premises.
I am convinced that the staff were trained by a band of Irish Mother-in-laws who just absoluetly insisted that you eat more sandwiches and cakes the moment some disappeared down your throat.
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The prices below do not include the discretionary service charge.
Afternoon Tea at the Savoy :
for whopping 81 pounds (for 2) you get :
selection of Fresh Finger Sandwiches
(including Cucumber, Smoked Salmon and Tomato)
Delicious Home-made French Pastries and Tea Cakes
Home Baked Scones
Served with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve
A wide selection of teas including
The Savoy's own blend and a range of herbal teas
Many other hotels and cafes will offera similar service - and a good bit cheaper.
Savoy Hotel: Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a must in England. My first time to London I was 12 and I went to the Savoy Hotel for the 5 o' clock tea. It was an awsome experience. Going back to London with 20 persons who had never been to England before, I decided to bring them to the Savoy even though it was expansive (£27 each!) to try this experience. Well, I was not that satisfated that time.
Favorite Dish: Afternoon tea doesn't mean just tea, but also pastries, bakery, fresh fruit, homemade cakes... Food and tea was quite good, but not as good as ten years ago and I think it too expensive for what you get. So, even though I like having afternoon tea, I would'n recommend it at Savoy... Try another hotel or tea room!
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Savoy Hotel: High Tea
One weekend, while living in Oxford, the girls and I decided to leave the boys behind and do something truly British, High Tea at the Savoy Hotel. We entered the grand dining room filled with ladies who lunch and families with some of the most well-behaved children I have ever seen. We were escorted to a low table surrounded by comfy couches and overstuffed armchairs and were instructed to settle in for the afternoon. The tea kept flowing, the scones and clotted cream melted our cares away and the sandwich tray was never empty. It was one of the most memorable afternoons in the city and one I would attempt to replicate any time. The service was impeccable, the food was plentiful and the experience was one not to be missed.
Favorite Dish: Traditional high tea includes finger sandwiches, scones and chocolates with your choice of coffee or, of course, tea.
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The Savoy Hotel: Classic Tea Time Pleasure
It is great to finally experience tea time in England. There are some places in London where you can do this, but one of the best and sophisticated places to have tea is the Savoy hotel. The room has a light peach-pink tone, with a white piano in the middle of the room. They presented us with a tea menu and after we ordered the teas we wanted, they served us the tea time snacks. The snacks were delicious and as soon as one plate was empty, they refill it right away. I think the service was excellent because they never left us wondering about when we needed something but at the same time, they were not intrusive either. Before coming here, it is best to have a reservation because you never know whether the restaurant will be full or not. I highly recommend people to go to an afternoon tea while they are in England, because it's the best way to experience the English culture and tradition.
Favorite Dish: The scones were probably my favorite items. They are so delicious, warm, and fluffy, served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The tea that I had was pretty good too ( I think it was English Breakfast). The sandwiches are excellent, as well as the pastries. We had some chocolate cake, eclaires, and fruit cakes as well.
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Savoy Grill: Modern British
Recenty redecorated in art deco style, this little gem in the Savoy hotel offers and excellent 3 course set menu on weekends.
Service is superb and the food is always a treat.
This is a perfect venue for pre or post theater.
I think the set menu is very good value for money.
If you have time, have a drink in the American Bar and walk around the hotel.
Favorite Dish: I really like how they offer a variety of wine and Champagne by the glass.
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