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Customer reviews for Apsleys At The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner

Apsleys At The Lanesborough
Apsleys At The Lanesborough

Hyde Park Corner, London

4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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5 out of 5
Loving Annie
Thursday, April 03, 2008

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

However, Afternoon Tea at the newly renovated Apsleys, with its famous arched glass conservatory ceiling, is delightful.

Aspleys (formerly The Belgravia) was the recipient of the Award of Excellence for the UK Tea Council in 2006 and 2007, and I have the feeling they just might make Top Tea in 2008.

Guilty Secret joined me. It was so nice meeting her. She is a very pretty young woman, intelligent, well-mannered and soft spoken. Baddie has himself quite a charming catch for a fiancee.

There are two built-in floor-to-ceiling wine cellars with glass walls by the entry. Geometric moldings of gray, off-white and cream adorn the ceiling. Modern crystal drop chandeliers are surrounded by pleats in a metal frame.

Aspleys is a rectangular, softly modern room, approximately 67' x 24', that can seat up to 120 people.

It is done in beige and browns with hints of maroon. A piano player plays softly. There are comfortable groupings of tufted beige velvet sofas, and armchairs.

We are seated at a lovely, large table to the left. Heavy formal menus are brought round. Tea without champagne is 35 pounds, while with either Tattinger or Kir Royale, tea is 40 pounds.

White Rosenthal 'Jade' china plates have a gold rim. There are 3 rosebuds in a glass vase, either orange or dark red, depending upon your table.

Guilty and I both choose teas, and as usual, I go with jasmine pearl. It arrives hot, but will cool down before the second cup can be poured.

Delicate triple silver and crystal sugar holders have brown, white and saccharine to choose from, with tiny silver spoons.

There is an amuse bouche of vavrosie (vanilla custard with rhubarb chutney.)

Clotted cream, lemon curd and strawberry jam are brought to the table in the same cunning triple silver and crystal holders with tiny silver spoons.

There is an assortment of lovely crustless sandwiches. The traditional smoked salmon, cucumber, egg, etc. We demolish them in short order, and then go to work on the small cakes, happily cutting each in half so as to share. They are delicious.

Then plain and raisin scones are brought. Freshly baked and quite light, they are addictive and quite filling.

The atmosphere is pleasant, the service is good, and the food is tasty.

I would definitely recommend Apsleys as an excellent place for a genuinely elegant, traditional Afternoon Tea.

Lovng Annie
3 out of 5
Sunday, March 28, 2004

Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingHated the service! Ambience RatingLiked the ambience

Terrible Terrible service! Ignored by the wait-staff, hair in tea, tea not kept full. Ruined an otherwise pleasant afternoon. What happens when tips are included in the bill.
5 out of 5
Sylvia Morris
Sunday, February 29, 2004

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

I'd highly recommend this hotel for a really special afternoon tea. Last weekend we treated some of our family, seven adults and two small children in all. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, including emergency arrangements for nappy-changing, and once they found out it was one of the party's birthday we were treated to two renditions of "Happy Birthday" from the resident pianist and an extra selection of delicious cakes served on a plate with a greeting piped on in chocolate. It made it a really memorable afternoon.

It isn't cheap but for a special occasion it's definitely worth it. The conservatory is a fantastic location, we had super live music from the resident pianist, and the food was wonderful. Service from the staff was excellent. We'll definitely be going again!

3 out of 5
Clive Long
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingDidn't like the ambience

Although difficult to fault, the "afternoon tea" is an efficient machine to extract as much money as possible from you. The better half's birthday so I could not be a dog in the manger and begrudge her champagne. But 12 a glass! Come on, really! If you are dim enough to pay the prices for something done just as well in many other places, then they deserve your money.
5 out of 5
Gillian Coventry
Friday, November 07, 2003

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

This has to be one of the best hotels that serve Afternoon Tea in London.  We were served a nice selection of finger sandwiches with delicious fillings.  The cakes and pastries were out of this world and the waiter poured the tea from what seems to be a never ending pot.  You are served in the Conservatory Restaurant and the decor is delightful.  Would recommend this venue time and time again as it is a sheer indulgence to take afternoon tea in such wonderous surroundings.