Spring is upon us and we have been blessed with some very good weather in the past weeks. It’s about time we switch to venues with terraces, gardens or courtyards. Let’s start with reviewing the Dukes Hotel’s G&T afternoon tea, in Mayfair.
The Dukes Hotel Setting ★★★★★
This 1908 old hidden gem It may be found in a small alley in Mayfair, close to Green Park and St James Park. The decoration is gorgeous and the area is so quiet that you may forget you’re right in the middle of busy London.
The Drawing Rooms & Courtyard ★★★★★
Afternoon tea is served either in the Drawing Rooms or in the courtyard on sunny days. We were lucky enough to have our tea under the canopy, which made the G&T afternoon tea even more enjoyable.
Wherever you may be seated, the atmosphere and brilliant and the seats are very comfortable. On busy days, the afternoon tea may be served in a function room which may not be as nice, so I recommend booking in advance on weekends.
The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★★★
The Teas & Herbal Infusions ★★★★☆
There is a rather limited choice in terms of tea (black, green & herbal) but the quality of the brew is excellent. I especially love the hotel’s blend: DUKES blend 1908, a delicious combination of Assam, Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong teas.
Each guest can only order two different teas (refills do not count) so choose wisely (preferably a different tea for each guest).
The Gin & Tonics Infusions ★★★★★
Guests who opt for the Gin & Tonic option can choose between Earl Grey and Vanilla infused gin. It is served in a gorgeous tea cup and guests are encourages to try the gin on its own, before adding tonic syrup, lemon and lime to taste.
If you prefer a softer taste, stick with Earl Grey. If you favour a strong and more alcoholic flavour, you should go with the vanilla infused gin.
The Savouries ★★★★☆
The best coronation chicken sandwich I ever had is at the Dukes, it’s so good that I always order a few more of these as refills before starting with the sweets. The Ham & cheese pickle is delicious as well, with a strong distinctive flavour that will set the bar higher for the boring, unimaginative sandwiches which are served most of the time.
However, the savouries as a whole are not perfect: the salmon and cucumber sandwiches are as plain as it gets. You might as well ask for a plate of the best sandwiches straight away, as shown in the picture below.
The Scones ★★★☆☆
Each gets one plain and one sultana scone, both are quite pleasant but a bit dry. It’s also a pity that there were no more choices of toppings, besides the usual strawberry jam and clotted cream.
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★★
We were served with the following sweets: “Butternut squash cake”, “Tarte au citron”, “Eggnog shot glass” and “Cranberry filled chocolate bun” (our favourite!).
It’s unusual but the Dukes afternoon tea sweets are as light as they are tasty. The eggnog may be a bit of an acquired taste yet I found it very enjoyable.
The Service ★★★★★
The staff is very attentive and always made sure that we had plenty of everything, whether it was tea or food.
I was welcomed by José who was kind enough to open the courtyard’s canopy so we could enjoy a beautiful day under the canopy. Below is a video of him detailing the contents of the Dukes afternoon tea:
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★★
London’s Dukes hotel Gin & Tonic afternoon tea is one of your best bets in Mayfair for the beautiful days to come.
I’m very fond of the Earl-grey flavoured G&T infusion and their coronation chicken sandwich is the most delicious I have ever had.
+: The Courtyard’s canopy
+: The Dukes blend and the Earl grey G&T
+: The meat sandwiches
+: The light desserts
+: The service
+: Very good price/performance ratio
-: Small canopy (3 tables)
-: Only two choices of tea per person
Phone number: +44 (0)207 491 4840