Afternoon Tea Review - The Wolseley, £25.50
Inside, it is a beautiful room, with high ceilings, pillars and balconies. It was very busy, there wasn't a single empty table in sight when we arrived. This may have been why we had to wait nearly 20 minutes before anyone took our order. Not a great start.
There were five sandwiches per person: smoked salmon; egg mayonnaise; cucumber and mint; cream cheese and celery on tomato and pepper bread; and chicken with tarragon. The sandwiches were all on different breads, although none of it was listed on the menu and we weren't told what all of them were. The fillings were sparse, especially the cream cheese, and none of us could taste mint with the cucumber. The chicken and cream cheese sandwiches had very strong flavours, while the cucumber and egg mayonnaise had barely any taste at all. 19/30
The cakes consisted of battenberg, a chocolate opera cake, a pistachio and apricot layer cake, a lemon meringue éclair, a fig and frangipane tart and vanilla cheesecake. There wasn't one of each per person, so we had to negotiate over the ones we wanted and halve some of them, finally ending up with three each, which we felt was quite poor. The chocolate cake was very good but the battenberg and tart were tasteless, while the pistachio and apricot cake tasted strongly of almonds. They didn't even look appetising, with lots of pink and green, although there was a good variety of styles. 18/30
Beautiful place Awful service
Very good scones Small tea selection
Poor cakes and sandwiches
5 out of 10