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Lady Mendl's Tea Salon
Posted by Venus D'Royce on 01/20/2015
The atmosphere is charming and the room is cozy. We were seated however near a radiator and a back window, nothing to look at but waiters going back and forth. You would suppose at least that would mean we got waited on quickly. When finally served, the tea selection is just four kinds: Earl Gray, English Breakfast a tisane and decaf. A four year old would make better tea for her dolls. 2 x 2 in. sandwiches were tasty but no one offered more.The 16 layer cake was both sugary and tasteless. When I asked for more tea they tried to top off my cup, when I complained they refilled it with fresh hot tea but it was not the kind I had chosen. The place has raised its pries by a third in the past three years and decreased the quality. When I go for tea I want good tea and a memorable experience. Here I was left to feel the hotel is just interested in making maximum money not in being a true cultural institution. In other words it is phony, all hype. It's pretty though so if you do not mind risking getting a bad table you can pretend this is a real tea service and maybe enjoy it a bit. But if you know tea at all you will be very disappointed.
Posted by SMcD on 12/26/2014
The setting of this salon is cozy and enchanting and sets great expectations. However the tea is an incredible disappointment. First of all, they don't know how to make the actual tea. Both our table and the table behind ours had to return the pots because they were too watery. The courses are chintzy, even by British tea standards, and were ok, but not exceptional given the price.
Posted by Charlene on 01/09/2014
I have just returned from there now, the service from the server was great he was polite and attentive, the scones were amazing but the sandwiches just tiny. On leaving the concierge who went to get our coats was so rude, he made me walk to him with the ticket ( which I usually wouldn't mind only when I walked over but it wasn't close enough for his liking and he would not put his hand out to take the ticket I had to stretch over to him as he was too lazy to do his job). On returning with our jackets stood in the hallway and made me go and collect them from him he just held them out like they were infected and was getting agitated when I was waited from him to bring them over to us as anyone going to get a jacket for the customer would usually. I have been to some of the top afternoon tea places in London such as the Ritz and Claridges and have never been treated so badly by a snobby member of staff thinking he was so far above his station. They need to be careful with this staff member as he will soon dwindle their good reviews by bad ones if he keeps dolling out bad service. unfortunately this tainted our experience and leave me giving only an 'Ok' review.
Posted by Lady Jane on 01/18/2011
I'd heard so much about this place. After having been there (granted..just once) I really think it's nothing special. Disappointing nibbles and over-priced.
Posted by Amelia Eve on 05/26/2010
From the moment you open the heavy oak front door, you are enveloped in a heady, old-fashioned environment with a mix of antiques, fresh flowers, jazz music, and candlelight. The service is prompt but not pushy, and the food just keeps coming. The sandwiches were freshly made, and the egg salad with parsley was a perfect mix of tradition and innovation. The scones are rich and buttery with a tender crust and abundant clotted cream and rich raspberry jam. There was a good selection of teas, but they were bagged, not loose, and mine was stewed and bitter by the end of the meal. Great atmosphere for a special occasion when you want to experience a peaceful indulgence.
Posted by foodiesRus on 10/22/2008
An avid fan of high tea, I must say that this hidden treasure of a tea salon is simple, classy, and exquisite. The place is beyond gorgeous and enjoyed the vintage setting. The salad was light and refreshing. The dainty miniature tea sandwiches were delectable. My fave was the smoked salmon and the turkey cranberry had a sweet savory twist to it. The green tea was earthy, yet light and a perfect complement to the sweet treats - scones, petit fours, cookies, and choco strawberries. Come here and leave with a smile =.)
Posted by Alison on 08/31/2008
I took my daughter to her first high tea and she couldn't have been more thrilled. To the decorated sugar cubes to the beautiful atmosphere, she was as delighted as opening gifts on Christmas. The service was excellent and the food delicious. I would recommend Lady Mendl's to anyone.