Afternoon Tea Sandwiches at Claridge’s, Mayfair

8 May

Afternoon Tea Sandwiches Claridge's

LOCATION: Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair, W1K 4HR [map]

PRICE: £61 for whole afternoon tea with glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut (£51 without bubbles but seriously, why wouldn’t you?)

BREAD & FILLINGS: Chicken, lemon and tarragon on granary; ham, celeriac remoulade and tomato chutney on onion bread; smoked salmon on brown; egg mayo on white; cucumber on white.

PROS: Claridge’s is like some kind of ultimate pleasure palais; once you’re in, it feels like time could cease to mean anything at all and you’ll emerge three weeks later having spent a million pounds and destroyed all your organs. I like that. The light also has a disorientating green hue to it, as if you’re looking through absinthe goggles.

This afternoon tea has to be the most perfectly executed in London, surely. The room is as grand as they come and looks like it was jointly designed by the Queen and the Mad Hatter. The sandwiches arrive on that distinctive stripy china, and they keep on arriving until you stop asking for more. In my case, that was after the third round. I know. You knew I liked sandwiches though, right?

Tea sandwiches are so appealing because of their dainty size, and the fact they can be consumed in a few bites. It doesn’t feel like you’re stuffing yourself (until the third round) and you never get bored before moving onto the next filling. These are exemplary. The egg mayo is proper nursery food stylee, as it damn well should be; it’s one of the greatest and most comforting fillings of all time and I will not hear otherwise.  The smoked salmon is of first class quality (Severn and Wye), and plentiful. The ham is Dorrington, and comes with celeriac remoulade, which I love, and tomato chutney, which I would usually hate because I hate all chutney. Why has no-one realised that chutney tastes horrible? Weird. They somehow make it work; there’s just background sweetness rather than any taste of – boke – chutney. The chicken is Daylesford organic and therefore has actual chicken flavour, helped along by being at the right temperature; it’s sad that we now so often associate chicken sandwiches with too-cold pappy pre-packs. The cucumber numbers are perfect too, crisp as you like. Such an under-rated filling. Oh, and the best thing about all of them? So bloody British.

I took the cakes home.

CONS: Are you kidding?

SCORE: 10/10

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13 Responses to “Afternoon Tea Sandwiches at Claridge’s, Mayfair”

  1. lunchingmarie May 8, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Love the pros. This definitely looks better than the afternoon tea at Brown’s, have you seen what they’ve done to the room lately? Forget grand, they’ve gone for the trendy gastropub look. (http://ladieswholunchinsurrey.com/)

  2. lunchingmarie May 8, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Exactly! I wasn’t impressed since it was a special treat for my 40th. Actually, the whole reason we put the (and sometimes London) in our name was so we could blog about them, though we haven’t got around to it yet.

  3. Lizzie May 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I went for breakfast and loved the room, though didn’t enjoy being stuck out in Siberia in a weird little half room. The sandwiches look lovely.

  4. Frank Hopewell-Smith May 14, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Chutney is a bad thing? What planet are you from??

    • londonreviewofsandwiches May 14, 2014 at 8:21 am #

      Planet Anti-Chutney.

      • Andrina May 20, 2014 at 1:04 am #

        Well, it must be a bit of a rubbish planet then, I must say. Chutney is such a broad church, why, its a bit like saying you hate all sandwiches, even the ones you’ve never eaten – I feel you must mean solely very vinegary chutneys of the Branston pickle variety if only to preserve my fragile sanity…

      • londonreviewofsandwiches May 20, 2014 at 8:29 am #

        Fragile indeed!

  5. Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas May 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Ahhhh … I could taste the sandwiches as I was reading. Missed the scones and clotted cream. Where there any?

  6. Gareth Griffiths May 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I have to say the afternoon tea as the Grosvenor in Mayfair was pretty darned special too. Same thing – as many sandwiches as you could want (even offered some AFTER the cakes to give a carb comedown after all the sugar…) and of top notch quality.

    • londonreviewofsandwiches May 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

      Sandwiches AFTER the cakes?! This is radical! I am liking the sandwich book ends idea very much indeed.

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