Thames Foyer at The Savoy

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Since its astonishingly expensive refurb, The Savoy is a pleasure to visit. The Thames Foyer in particular, with its domed glass room and oversized birdcage centrepiece, is an enchanting place to take tea. And what a tea it is. Interesting sandwich fillings (poached chicken and mango chutney, say) make for a perky start while a nostalgic lemon curd (alongside the requisite strawberry conserve) adds interest to the excellent scones. Pastries are generously topped up and you’ll certainly be asking for more than one chocolate-and-pistachio opera.

Less successful are the three classic British cakes that round off the meal, but it’s a forgivable flaw among otherwise near faultless fare. The tea menu is also well conceived here, your favourites available to buy later at the tiny boutique shop Savoy Tea.

Note: there are five sittings a day (each for around one hour 45 minutes); booking up to eight weeks ahead recommended. Dress code: smart/casual.

Venue name: Thames Foyer at The Savoy
Address: The Savoy
Cross street: 100 Strand
Opening hours: Afternoon tea served 1.30-6.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Embankment tube
Price: Afternoon tea £40 per head

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Very bland, dry sandwiches, very. They all tasted the same! Scones and sweets were no treat at all. The tea was tea. The room was pretty and sofa a nice idea (even though you must lean forward to reach anything), the service was very friendly and attentive but could not make up for the food. Very disappointing experience and my credit card bill was for 157.USD for tea for two people. Don't go.

Jack Ruskin

Staff seem to have an attitude issue. I went with my family for Saturday dinner. Place is fine, food ok, service utter rubbish. I hope the management pay some attention to waiting issues Jack Ruskin - New York City