Something I have always wanted to do is go to Afternoon Tea but due to allergies and being so fussy with food it’s something I’ve always avoided as I never really thought they could cater to me. Over the past few years the majority of places have improved greatly when it comes to catering to different food preferences so when one of my blogging friendship groups said they all wanted to go for Afternoon Tea I said yes straight away and we decided to go to The Ham Yard Hotel.
The Ham Yard Hotel, hidden away in the midst of Soho and just moments away from Mayfair, has a real urban village feel with the hotel revolving around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Kit Kemp designed their interiors using her award-winning modern British style. Although I must say it was very unsettling trying to wee whilst a chicken and a farmer stare at you from the wallpaper.
Over the past year Ham Yard Hotel has pushed forward with its afternoon tea offering and now includes alternative menus including savoury, healthy, reduced sugar, gluten free and vegan options. If you are in any doubt about being able to enjoy afternoon tea then I would recommend trying Ham Yard Hotel. All you need to do is request an alternative when booking and they will make sure the chef whips you up a range of delicious items to cater to your dietary requirements.
The Afternoon Tea includes a delicious selection of savouries, cakes and scones served with clotted cream and preserves, and costs £22 per person. You can request additional finger sandwiches for £5 and if you wish to add a Red Bubbles Cocktail the cost increases to £29.50. With the afternoon tea you can have an Earl Grey or Breakfast Tea, or for a £2.50 supplement you can have a speciality or infusion tea. Kit Kemp created the Mythical Creatures Tea, containing oolong, sunflower blossoms, cornflower blossoms and a touch of ripe green mango, and other speciality teas range from Summer Mint to White Jasmine.
When making the booking we made them aware that I was allergic to nuts and so I received my own afternoon tea stand void of any nut pieces, which on this occasion was actually only one item, a coffee and walnut macaron, which I was only too happy to be missing anyway as I don’t like coffee or macarons. We each received four finger sandwiches, a finger roll and a mini quiche, of which I can’t quite remember all the flavours, but from what I do recall the red bread there is beetroot infused. One of the sandwiches had chicken and mango in it which was lovely, there was a salmon one, and I believe the final one was something including pesto.
There were two scones each, one plain and one with fruit pieces, and these were definitely the most popular across the table. Served with clotted cream, a strawberry jam and a passion fruit preserve I pilled mine high with strawberry jam as I’m personally a butter and jam kind of girl but they were more than happy to replenish any of the preserves and the cream when we ran low. Still warm to touch and eat the scones were definitely my highlight followed closely by certain cakes, I don’t really have the right palette to appreciate fancy sandwiches.
There were four cakes each, except for me with my missing macaron obviously, and they were a blood orange mousse cheesecake, an eclair with a lemon filling and a banana filled dome. I was absolutely loving the blood orange mousse and the lemon eclairs, so much so that when we had some left over across the six of us and the lady said we could have takeaway boxes for any leftovers I was straight on taking some of these home to share with the family. Overall it was a lovely day with the girls and I think the afternoon tea was worth the money, my only complaint would be that we were sat on two three seater sofas that pulled you down as you sat on them and it didn’t exactly make eating easily, what with having to hover on the edge of the seat. But we all got to dress up, have a catch up and enjoy some lovely food in a cosy atmosphere and I really enjoyed my first ever afternoon tea experience.