Kensington Palace (above) sits on the edge of London’s magnificent Hyde Park. It is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children, and a handful of other royals. Parts of it are also open to the public, since it is of great historical importance. Not least, Queen Victoria was born and grew up here. Within its manicured gardens sits an elegant dining room, The Orangery, which presents the perfect setting for an afternoon tea.
Spring has arrived at Kensington Palace
On the path leading to The Orangery
We booked a table for two for a Royal Afternoon Tea at The Orangery. The lofty building, with it’s soaring ceilings gives a light and airy feel, and is filled with elegant dining table sets, plaster stautes and palm plants: the perfect setting for eating scones and drinking champagne. It was actually used, in days gone by, for Queen Anne’s court entertainment. Nowadays, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea to diners looking for a meal with a sense of regality.
A whole new meaning to ‘taking tea with the Queen’…
The Royal Afternoon Tea
Egg mayonnaise and cress bridge roll, smoked salmon and cream cheese mini bagel,
Coronation chicken wrap, roast ham and English mustard sandwich, cucumber and fresh mint sandwich
Orange-scented and currant scones served with Cornish clotted cream,
English strawberry jam and an assortment of tea pastries
Served with a range of loose teas, tisanes or coffee
With a 125ml glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £37.50 per person
or a glass of Pimm’s £34.00 per person
or a 125ml glass of Merlot Rosé Spumante NV £33.50 per person
The scones, orange-scented and currant, were light and warm; and especially delicious washed down with a chilled glass of champagne. The coronation chicken sandwich wraps were tasty, and we were able to ask for as many as we wanted. At first, we were nervous that the staff were a little stuffy, but we were soon hosted by a very suave French waiter, who was much more amenable and let us ruminate over our finger sandwiches for a good four hours. It is easy to lose track of time when you are in good company, and have a steady supply of good food in front of you…
The tea listing was lengthy, but our waiter was happy to help advise. It was a great balance of savoury and sweet, in a time where you can often be faced by tiers and tiers of sickeningly sweet treats.
The Orangery can provide a perfect afternoon out to treat someone you love to a tea with a right royal feel.
Afternoon tea is served daily, 1200-1800
Booking is advised, find out more and book at The Orangery, online
Afternoon Tea with no gluten-containing ingredients
Assorted sandwiches, sconey bun, almond moon cake, shortbread and brownie
£27.50 per person
For those with special dietary requirements or allergies, who may wish to know
about the food or drink ingredients used, please ask for a manager
Children afternoon tea available on request
Black Teas £3.75
Royal London Blend
A blend of the finest single estate Yunnan and Ceylon black teas; can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Energising, full-bodied aromatic blend of Assam and Ceylon black teas, especially suitable for the first cup of the day.
Afternoon at the Palace
A blend of the finest single estate Darjeeling and China black teas for a smooth, slightly lighter cup.
A superior, single estate second flush Darjeeling for a bright cup with characteristic muscatel top notes and a subtly floral finish.
Palace Earl Grey
A large leaf China black tea with natural oil of bergamot, pressed from real bergamot citrus fruits.
Earl Grey Blue Flowers
Traditional Earl Grey blended with real blue mallow blossoms for a naturally sweeter Earl Grey taste.
Also known as Lady Grey.
Organic Chinese Sencha £3.75
An organic green tea with a crisp, light and refreshing taste.
Herbal and Fruit Infusions £3.75
Pure Organic Spearmint
Made with certified organic spearmint leaves giving a naturally caffeine-free, refreshing, slightly sweet infusion.
The finest rooibos blended with eucalyptus leaves, orange blossom and orange zest.
Organic Lemon and Ginger
Organic blend of ginger root, lemon peel, lemon myrtle and lemongrass.
Bilberry, elderberry, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry infusion for a refreshing, naturally sweet taste.